Guest Sermon: “Redemption” by Rachel Schade (age 14)

Poetry and scripture help a 14-year-old to understand the concept of redemption and what it means not just for her life, but for her congregation as well. [Read more…]

EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest Winner: Brooke Baker

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

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]