As a person of faith, I know that small actions (mustard seeds) can add up to mountains. No one person, church, corporation, action, or green choice is sufficient to reduce the effects of climate change, but we can make a difference by acting together.
Many churches won’t talk about our responsibility to steward creation because they don’t have the Biblical, theological, and ethical resources to understand why we should should even be having the conversation. That is where the real value of Steven Bouma-Prediger’s For the Beauty of the Earth is found.
If the church is going to get folks talking about creation care and motivate increasing numbers of us to take our roles as stewards of the earth more seriously, we need more than secular arguments with a Christian gloss. We need robust theological and biblical reasons to care for creation.
Our churches are often divided over climate change. A discussion of the topic will generate much heat–and whether it is a heat that illuminates or burns is unclear… Yet there are ways to talk productively about climate change.
“Talk about it.” Those three words are what Katharine Hayhoe tells the church and every other community to do if they want to learn how to support the long-term well-being of Earth and all its inhabitants.