Jonah, Ninevites, and Climate Change: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Carol Devine is the second-place winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest. Her sermon applies a “green lens” to the story of Jonah, and shows us key insights for our struggles with climate change, Native American rights, and economic justice. [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…]

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…]

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…]

Harnessing “The Butterfly Effect”: A Joint Book Review

Two books help us understand the interconnectedness of our consumption patterns, economic structures, and cultural habits and their unintended consequences, such as poverty, climate refugees, and species extinction. They also provide strategies of hope and narratives of action. [Read more…]