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.
Download this free booklet from the National Association of Evangelicals that looks at how “environmental changes—including more severe natural disasters—threaten the lives and well-being of more and more people, and particularly the extreme poor.”
Are you curious what your denomination is doing when it comes to caring for creation? Or perhaps you’d like to connect with a local ecumenical or interfaith group committed to this work. Or maybe you want to see what other faith-based groups are doing to take care of the environment so that you can share some ideas with your home church. Creation Justice Ministries has put together a nice list of links representing several traditions.