Can religious people save the environment?
Can the environmental challenge save religion?
Our planet is in trouble, and it will take an amazingly large and powerful force to shift into a more sustainable way of living. Spiritual leader and environmental activist Andrea Cohen-Kiener tells us that people of faith have the numbers, the passion, and the mandate to do itand that nothing else is strong enough to counterbalance business as usual.
In this urgent call to action, Cohen-Kiener gathers insights from ecology coalitions, emerging theologies, and spiritual and environmental activists to rally and inspire us to work across denominational lines in order to fulfill our sacred imperative to care for Gods creation. Cohen-Kiener and contributors clearly outline the shared values of our faith traditions that drive our commitment to care for the earth. Acknowledging the challenges in working together to implement positive change, they present stepsboth big and small, for individuals and groupsfor reversing our direction from consumption to sustainability.
- Rev. Woody Bartlett, founder, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
- Rev. Tom Carr, National Council of Churches Working Group on the Environment
- Rev. Donna Schaper, senior minister, Judson Memorial Church, New York City
- Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Religious Witness for the Earth
- Eboo Patel, executive director, Interfaith Youth Core
- Dr. Lowell Rusty Pritchard, national director of outreach, Evangelical Environmental Network
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About the Author
Andrea Cohen-Kiener is director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (Connecticut's Interfaith Power and Light) and spiritual leader of Congregation Pnai Or of Central Connecticut. As a teacher, rabbi, and community organizer, she has practiced the art of bringing a spiritual perspective to problem solving for over three decades.
Rev. Sally Bingham is an Episcopal priest and founder of the Regeneration Project, a nonprofit organization that created a national Interfaith Power and Light Campaign to unite all faiths in efforts to prevent the catastrophic effects of global warming.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Rev. Sally Bingham
1• The Making of an Environmental Activist: Waking Up to the Problem
The Terrible Contradiction
Too Good to Be True!
The Spiritual Challenge of a Mountain of Garbage
Agents for Transformation
The Ultimate Common Ground
2• The Makings of a Movement: The Interfaith Imperative and Its Obstacles
The Mountain of God
Obstacles on the Path
God of the Pews or God of the Cosmos?
Leaving Base Camp
The One about the Rabbi and the Evangelical
Getting above the Tree Line
3• The New Wealth: Spirit Matters
What Is Enough?
Old Models for New Wealth
A Living Vision
Tools We Bring to the Table
Transforming Business as Usual
Imagine the Alternatives
4• Working Beyond Class and Race:Yes, We Do Need to Do This Together
We Need to Talk
Getting Beyond "Over There"
Finding Common Cause
The Great Light bulb Swap of '06 by Rev. Woody Bartlett
Getting to the Table
5• How Big Is Your God? Theology Meets Earth-Care Activism
The Big Context by Rev. Tom Carr
6• The New Eden: Reclaiming the Garden
Seeds of Possibility
Wheat Sheaves and Matza Tales by Elisheva Rogosa
Communion Agriculture by Andrea Ferich
7• The New Sabbath: Less Is More
Green Sabbath by Rev. Donna Schaper, PhD
Creating New Sabbath Rituals
8• Eco-Conversion: A New Paradigm for a New Earth
Seeing with Green Eyes
Conversion to Eco-Justice by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, PhD
The Power of Witnessing
Many Small Steps
Creating a Sustainable Civilization: Joanna Macy’s Theoretical Foundations
Thoughts for Discussion and Action: Format for an Eight-week Study Session
Interfaith Ecological Resources
About the Contributors