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Creation Care

My awareness of climate change as an important issue developed through my reflections on the dialogue between science and the Christian faith in the 1990s. Encouraged by Keith Ward and Paul Fiddes in the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University, I wrote a masters course on Christianity and science, which was recognized by the Templeton […] Read More

Things have sped up on climate change in all sorts of ways in 2017. In January, I wrote a briefing titled “Donald Trump, the Environment and the Church” for the John Ray Initiative, where I serve as operations director. I have spent a lot of time this year monitoring the Trump administration and wrote a […] Read More

The World Day of Prayer for the Care for Creation, a designation first established by the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1989, is Sept. 1. The observance was expanded in 2007, according to the World Council of Churches, into a season known as “Creationtide” or “Time for Creation,” lasting from Sept. 1 through Oct. 4. The […] Read More

We are all surrounded by creation every day. Whether you live in a scenic rural area where the slightest bit of attention reveals the beauty of God’s creation or in a big city that requires a bit more effort in locating the natural beauty of God’s handiwork amid the concrete, creation is there. But how […] Read More

Rural churches and ministries face numerous challenges in the 21st century. At some point in a minister’s career, the likelihood of serving in a small-town church seems high, especially if the person transitions from the role of an associate minister to that of a senior pastor. I and many of my friends from seminary have […] Read More

How much do we really know about Jewish burials? What effect are they having on the environment? Is this an important conversation for us to have? A few things really struck me from Richard Conniff’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times, titled “This Is How I Want to Be Dead.” The author writes […] Read More

Applying the imperative, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is central in Christian ethics. It draws directly on Jesus’ teachings (see, for example, Matthew 22:36-40), which draw directly on the Hebrew Scriptures (see, for example, Leviticus 19:18). One of the most well-known texts addressing this calling is the “Parable of the Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37), where […] Read More

A wire sculpture sits above the harbor at Portsoy in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The graceful lines of a dolphin leaping toward the sea is a powerful and poignant symbol of life that is wild, untamed, beautiful and utterly natural. There are many perspectives on the relationship between humans and the biosphere we call earth. My own […] Read More

Christians often don’t talk much about climate change and global warming, but when they do, there are some pretty divergent views. There are those who staunchly argue that the hype around climate change is just fear-mongering based on economic or political agendas or both. There are those who believe that climate change is real and […] Read More

The basic premise of ecology is that everything is connected. The very definition of ecology embodies this truth: the word ecology comes from two parts – “eco” from the Greek “oikos” for “household,” and “logia” for “the study of.” Anyone who has grown up in a household understands that it is a complicated web of […] Read More