Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit

Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit

by Leah D. Schade


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827205413
Publisher: Chalice Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,180,657
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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

Acknowledgments xiii

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

Bibliography 188

Index 195

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