In a continuing cycle of action and reflection, we may want to find out more about the eco-crisis, and our role in what is happening. We may want to start with some action that we can see would reduce our impact on the earth, eg saving energy and water, which also helps us save money. There are many practical things we can do to become a green community.
Our faith invites us to go even deeper. Why is the eco-crisis an important issue? What has God got to do with it? Does our faith help or hinder the well-being of creation? Do we respond out of fear, or selfishness, duty or love? How do we think of ourselves in relation to God and Creation? Are we above creation, or a part of it? How do we see our role in Christ’s reconciliation and renewal of all creation?
- The Relation between Faith and Caring for the Environment
A five study series for free download and use by small groups. It is part of the Christians in Dialogue series and published by Queensland Churches Together. The studies look at the Bible text, theological approaches, and official church statements and give opportunity to discuss practical options.
- Robert Barry Leal Through Ecological Eyes: Reflections on Christianity’s environmental credentials
St Paul’s Publications, Sydney, 2006
Book review by David Weddell
- Christians in the Environment
- The Theological Importance of Water
- Air, Earth and Fire
- Animals and Birds in Creation
- Vegetation in the Bible
- Ecology in the Hebrew Bible
- Jesus Christ and Creation
- Jesus and His Parables
- Christian Tradition
- Tim Scorer, Kerri Wehlander and Bruce Sanguin Experiencing Ecological Christianity
(9 studies with DVD, including Leader’s Guide and Participants Handbook, based on Bruce Sanguin’s book Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity, Wood Lake Publishing, 2007.)
- Bruce Sanguin’s book Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity, Wood Lake Publishing, 2007.
- Coming Home to the Cosmos
- The Weaning from Wonder
- The Common Creation Story as sacred Revelation
- Evolution as Divine Unfolding
- Bible Stories in a Cosmic Context
- Jesus’ Teaching: An Ecological Perspective
- The Irresistible Sophia: Wisdom Christology and the Ecological Imperative
- Wising Up: Spirituality and Practice for Planetary Christians
Trinity Theological Library
Ethics With or Without God: Christianity and morality in the 21st century.
By Noel Preston
Reviewed by Bruce Mullan, Journey
Peppered with personal recollections, wisdom and stories, this book doesn’t shirk the ethical challenges in the potentially controversial subjects of love, sex, politics and the development of responsible ecological and global principles.
Earth, Faith and Mission: The Theology and Practice of Earthcare
By Clive Ayre
Reviewed by Neil Pembroke, University of Queensland
In this carefully researched work, Clive argues that Earth-care is not an “optional extra” or a side issue, but part of what Christian mission is about. The book begins with an overview of the environmental threats in our time and goes on to outline some common responses to the natural world. The biblical and theological basis of ecological mission becomes the strong basis for the inclusion of creation care on the Church’s mission agenda. Then after considering “the big picture”, or the way in which a consensus has emerged across many confessional lines, the book addresses practical questions of what an Earth-friendly approach to mission looks like. The final issue is what it might mean to face the future with hope. An easy read and good overview.
Rainbow of Mysteries: Meeting the Sacred in Nature
By Norman Habel
Reviewed by Clive Ayre, Chair, Queensland Churches Environment Network
In his review of this book, Bruce Sanguin wrote “This book opened my heart, over and over again. Habel … was converted by ecology to a relationship with the living Earth that is pervaded by mystery”. I can only agree. I have heard Norm talking about a Rainbow Covenant, but this book spells out such an approach in a wonderful way and in a very readable style. The reader is taken on a journey of exploration—of mystery and wonder—and invited to spend time re-discovering what that means.
Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth
By Ilia Delio O.S.F, Keith Douglass Warner O.F.M, and Pamela Wood
Reviewed by Miriam Pepper, Maroubra Junction Uniting Church
Drawing on the life of Francis of Assisi and centuries of Franciscan theology, tradition and practice, Care for Creation engages with the subject of creation care from a deeply Catholic perspective of reflective action; the marrying together of prayer, spiritual reflection, and practical action in the context of the ecological crisis.
Through Ecological Eyes: Reflections on Christianity’s environmental Credentials
By Robert Barry Leal
Reviewed by David Weddell
Robert Leal’s book lives up to its name as it thoroughly examines the bible “through ecological eyes” to discover the message we often overlook. A message about God, the earth He created, and our responsibility to take care of it.
The Fragrance of God: Reflections on Finding God through the Beauty and Glory of the Natural World
By Vigen Guroian
Reviewed by Heather DenHouting, Director of Mission, Blue Care.
I was challenged by the theology, delighted by the prose, and inspired by the gentle passion contained in the book. All gardeners will love this book; all those who long to be gardeners but don’t ever do it (like me) will also love this book. If you are looking for meditative material that brings you prose and poetry from the loam, The Fragrance of God is the book for you.
Ecotheology and Earth Mission
Clive Ayre papers
- Moving Earth from Margin to Mission, 2014
- Mainstreaming Eco-mission: Uniting around a global issue, 2012
- Eco-Mission in a congregational setting, 2011
- Earth Mission: An Interfaith Approach, 2010
- Eco-unity in Bio-diversity, 2010
- Christian Response to Climate Change, 2010
- Eco-nomy of Life from the Perspective of the Earth, 2010
- Science, Faith and the Eco-Crisis, 2010
- An Approach to Ecological Mission in and through the Christian Community in Australia: Beyond Apathy to Committed Action (PhD Thesis), 2009
- Environmental Care and Spirituality, 2009
- The Church in the Eco Crisis, 2008
Noel Preston Papers
- Exploring Eco-theology, Eco-spirituality and Eco-justice, 2007
- Ethics sans frontieres: the vocation of global citizenship, 2006
- Mining Impacts report, February 2013, Strategy Unit, UnitingCare Queensland
- Coal Seam Gas discussion paper, December 2012. Prepared by Social Justice research unit, Anglicare Southern Queensland for the Social Responsibilities Committee
- An open letter from Australian religious leaders on climate change—Signatories include Rev Dr Andrew Dutney
- Queensland Synod Energy Management Policy 2-11-2012
Australian faith environment websites
- Earth Link is a community environment centre sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.
- Catholic Earthcare
- Australian Association for Mission Studies
- Australian Religious Response for Climate Change (ARRCC) is a multi-faith network committed to taking action on climate change.
- Climate Action Network of Australia (CANA)
- Climate Action Network—Global
- Australian Youth Climate Coalition
- Oxfam Australia ‘Fight Climate Poverty’
- The Climate Group
- Australian Conservation Foundation
- Friends of the Earth Australia
- Landcare Australia
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia
- United Nations Environment Program
- Earth Charter
- A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation. The name is Portuguese for “the Rock” as their first work was in Portugal. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.
- Eco-church (A Rocha UK project)
- European Christian Environmental Network
- Lock the Gate Alliance—to protect Australia’s natural, environmental, cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining and to educate and empower all Australians to demand sustainable solutions to food and energy production.
- Market Forces helps Australians hold institutions such as banks, superannuation funds and governments accountable to use our money to protect not damage our environment.
- The Mineral Policy Institute
- Friends of the Earth International Mining Campaign
- Solar Citizens is a community based organisation bringing together millions of solar owners and supporters to protect and grow solar in Australia.
- Season of Creation—Theology and resources for worship in the Season of Creation or at other times.
- World Environment Day Resources—UnitingJustice
- UnitingEarthweb Worship and Theology Resources