EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest Winner: Brooke Baker

Congratulations to Brooke Baker, winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest! [Read more…]

Climate Change Impacts Health, Families, and Wallets

When it comes to climate change, many people are not all that concerned about animal extinction or the plight of future generations. So what will it take to help people understand why they should care about climate change? [Read more…]

Preaching Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” in the Trump Era

There is a way to preach about politics (literally, the concerns of the citizenry, the polis), without being partisan (siding with a particular party or group). Dr. King was an expert in this, and we can learn from his strategies. [Read more…]

Inclusive and Expansive Mother’s Day Prayers

We pray for women who are mothers, either by birth, by adoption, or through foster care. We pray for women who have lost children. We pray for women who give of themselves not just through childbearing, but with their intellect, their skills, their gifts, and their physical abilities. [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…]

Jesus, Mother Hen: This is the God I Want to Worship

“God is great, God is good, and we thank HER for our food. Amen.” Does that ever give people pause and raise eyebrows when my children and I pray that prayer at restaurants or in the presence of other family members or friends. [Read more…]

When Psalm 23 Shepherded Me

Psalm 23, when we learn it by heart, can be the very presence of God shepherding us, restoring us, protecting us, guiding us, and blessing us with goodness and mercy. [Read more…]

How Can We Talk? Confessions of a Disillusioned Red-Cradle Christian

White Christian Trump Voters, I was one of you. But the results of the Christian and Republican values you invested in me have yielded a bitter return in your eyes. How can we listen? How can we talk together? [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…]

Climate March: What Can A Person of Faith Do About Climate Change?

If you are a person of faith, you bring a much needed religious perspective to the climate change resistance movement. As millions take part in the Climate March, here are some action steps for people of faith. [Read more…]