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…]

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…]

Is Earth Worth Dying For? A Reflection on the Earth Martyrs

The faithfulness of the Earth Martyrs shows us that because Earth is worth dying for, we now know what is worth living for. [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…]

Falling Off the Bike: A Sermon for Earth Day

For this Earth Day sermon, an 11-year-old’s ill-fated bike ride offers valuable lessons for this time of ecological crisis. [Read more…]

Why I’m Not Just Preaching About Earth on Earth Day

When I was a pastor I would place a pot of soil, a watering can, and a basket of seeds on the altar and invite the children to help me bless them. We would invite congregants to bring their garden tools and gloves, wheelbarrows, and even tractors to church, and we would process outside and ask for God’s blessings on our labors for and with the earth. Everyone would choose a packet of seeds from the basket and depart with the promise of spring and new life—and with the satisfaction that we had done our part for God’s Creation. These rituals of Creation care are right and salutary. But they’re not going to cut the mustard this year. [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…]

EARTH DAY QUIZ: How Green is Your Church?

With Earth Day blooming on the horizon (April 22), it’s time to take stock of how your church is preaching about God’s Creation. Take this short quiz (one for pastors, one for parishioners). [Read more…]

17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher and Help Heal Our Planet

Imagine what your life would be like if you could be an EcoPreacher taking part in God’s work to heal our planet – right from the pulpit. What if your parishioners were inspired by your preaching to address the most pressing environmental concerns of our time? Imagine hearing your parishioners actually thank you for preaching [Read More…]