How can we proclaim justice for God's Creation in the face of global warming? How does fracking fit with "the earth and its fullness are the Lord's?" Creation-Crisis Preaching works with the premise that all of Creation, including humankind, needs to hear the Good News of Jesus' resurrection in this age in which humanity is "crucifying" Creation. Informed by years of experience as an environmental activist and minister, Leah Schade equips preachers to interpret the Bible through a "green" lens, become rooted in environmental theology, and learn how to understand their preaching context in terms of the particular political, cultural, and biotic setting of their congregation. Creation-Crisis Preaching provides both theoretical grounding and practical tips for preachers to create environmental sermons that are relevant, courageous, creative, pastoral, and inspiring.
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About the Author
Leah Schade is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, her research and experience cover the fields of homiletics and ecological theology. As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Schade has served in suburban, urban, and rural settings and has worked with parishioners from a variety of cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds. Formerly the pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, PA, Schade's ministry is marked by her experience in and passion for ecological and social justice advocacy and activism. She recently served as a community organizer and spokesperson for a community effort to defeat a proposed tire incinerator in her region. As a member of the ELCA Upper Susquehanna Synod's bipartisan Task Force on Hydraulic Fracturing, she co-authored resolutions calling for a moratorium on shale gas and oil drilling, as well as closing the "Halliburton Loopholes" exempting the industry from environmental and public health protections. She is committed to the public theology of preaching which calls on both church and society to interact and strive for equal rights for "the least of these" in the Earth (inclusive of human) community.
Table of Contents
Foreword John S. McClure xv
Introduction: Why Creation Needs Good Preaching, and Good Preaching Needs Creation 1
Eco-Crudfixion and Eco-Resurrection?
"Nature" or "Creation"?
Creation Care: The Message, the Messenger, and the Mode of Delivery
The Case for an Ecofeminist Homiletic
A Theology of Preaching for an Eco-Homiletic Chapter Overview
1 Environmental, Theological, and Biblical Foundations 17
Part 1 A Brief Overview of "the River" of the Environmental Movement
Part 2 Ecological Theology - A Brief Overview
Part 3 Scriptural Eco-hermeneutics
2 Flowering, Leafing, Fruiting? Strategies for Approaching Environmental Preaching 38
Part 1 The Convergence of Environmentalism and Ecological Theology Viewed through Social Movement Theory
Part 2 Three Approaches for Environmental Preaching
SERMON:"Welcoming Children into God's Creation"
3 Who Is My Neighbor? Mapping a Preaching's Eco-Location 62
Part 1 Beyond the Human: Criterion for Determining Who Is "My Neighbor"
Part 2 Guiding Questions and Exercises in Mapping Our Neighbors
SERMON:"An Earth Day Sermon"
SERMON:"A Resurrection Sermon for an Earth-Kin Congregation" (A Sermon for an Outdoor Setting)
4 Ecofeminist Theology and Implications for Preaching 92
Part 1 What Is Ecofeminism?
Part 2 An Overview of Ecofeminist Theology Initial Implications of Ecofeminist Theology for Preaching An Ecofeminist Hermeneutic for Preaching
5 Developing an Ecofeminist Christology for Creation-Crisis Preaching 117
Ecofeminist Christology - A Tense Discomfiture
Sallie McFague and Theological Models
Mary Solberg's Lutheran Feminist Theology of the Cross ? An Ecofeminist Appropriation
Celia Deane-Drummond's Ecological Theology
6 Preaching a Shape-Shifting "Trickster" Resurrection in the Face of the Creation Crisis 139
Part 1 Rediscovering the "Witty Agency" of Creation
SERMON: "The Gardener?An Easter Sermon"
Part 2 Preaching the Trickster in the Face of Ecological Injustice
SERMON:"The Easter Surprise of Riverdale" (A Sermon for Holy Humor Sunday)
7 Earth, Water, and Wind: A Trilogy of Creation-Crisis Sermons 163
An Ecofeminist Homiletic
Values and Commitments for an Ecofeminist Homiletic
A Trilogy of Creation-Crisis Sermons
SERMON:"Earth Speaks: What's Next?"
SERMON:"I Am Water, I Am Waiting"
SERMON:"I Am Ruah: A Sermon on Climate Disruption Preached from the Perspective of the Holy Spirit" Conclusion