What to do When You’re Attacked on All Sides: A Message for the Clay Jars

Since the inauguration of this country’s 45th president, I’m noticing edges of what may be a disturbing new trend: friends in the resistance movement sometimes turning on each other. I fear this is a symptom of a much deeper systemic problem. How should we respond? Drawing on 2 Corinthians Chapter 4, this is a message for the “clay jars.” [Read more…]

The Case for Recognizing Mother’s Day in Church

Jesus showed us that by embracing women and the feminine aspect of God, we do not emasculate the Divine. We affirm the humanity of women. And we expand our understanding of God. [Read more…]

Why Changing Light Bulbs May Be Hurting the Climate Movement

When I began to address environmental issues as a pastor in my first church, I thought that “going green” could be achieved simply through raising awareness, educating people, and taking the “five easy steps” approach (like changing to LED light bulbs, hanging laundry on the line, adopting a meatless diet, etc.). A decade later, I see that while these steps are noble, they are not effective by themselves. [Read more…]

Religion and Science Can be Besties!: It’s Time for New Friendships

As citizens take part in the March for Science, I hope Christians will make it a point to take selfies with scientists. It’s time for the suspicion and antagonism to end, and new friendships to begin! [Read more…]

Chaos Theory and the Butterfly Effect: Why Easter Still Matters

Easter butterfly-and-cross images can feel trite in the face of escalating military and ecological unrest. But that’s exactly why it’s time to reclaim the Easter butterfly. [Read more…]

Competing Fractals: Good Friday and Saturday Vigil

What can the science of fractals – and the 80’s movie The Dark Crystal – teach us about the divine drama of Holy Week? Only the shadow knows . . . [Read more…]

Welcoming Children into God’s Creation: 4 Things You Can Do Now

The well-being of children and the well-being of God’s Creation are fundamentally linked. Here are 4 things you can do to welcome children into God’s Creation. [Read more…]

Those Who Wash: The Divine Disorientation of Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday disorients us. On purpose. Think of the implications of what Jesus was doing. For those who wash, their status is lifted. [Read more…]


The 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest is closed for this year.  Congratulations to the winners: Brooke Baker (1st place): Seeing is Believing Carol Devine (2nd place): Jonah, Ninevites, and Climate Change Look for an announcement next year for the 2018 Earth Day Sermon Contest! Are you a preacher planning to craft a sermon for [Read More…]

EcoPreacher is now on Patheos.com! Check it out!

I am thrilled to announce that EcoPreacher is now on Patheos.com! This is my first post to introduce myself to the Patheos community, and to share what this blog will be about.  Briefly, EcoPreacher will be exploring environmental issues, the church, and politics from a faith perspective on the Progressive Christian channel. Who is Leah [Read More…]