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Creation Care

I love the idea of being “green.” Buy organic; recycle; carbon offset; take public transport or walk, instead of taking the car – I am up for all of that. And then my good thoughts and intentions come grinding to a halt. It comes down to one thing: money. If you buy organic, your food […] Read More

The ability of nations to cope with the impact of climate change varies widely. “The rich countries of the West may be able to cope with climate change, but what about the people in countries with few resources?” asks Jack (not his real name), a BMS World Mission worker in East Asia. “Do we think […] Read More

Younger generations in the U.S. are more likely to affirm human causation driving climate change and global warming than their elders, according to a Barna Group survey. Forty-six percent of Millennials (born between 1984 and 2002) and 43 percent of Gen-Xers (1965 to 1983) said they were “absolutely sure” humans have caused climate issues, compared […] Read More

What is happening to our weather? This question is echoing around the world, as it’s been the hottest, driest, wettest, windiest with the worst cyclone, hurricane, tornado season since records began. In 2015, the average surface temperature reached 1.010 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and was 0.13 C warmer than 2014. Already in 2016, each […] Read More

Finland, “the land of a thousand lakes,” welcomed the delegates of the 11th assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) who gathered in the Sofia Cultural Centre in Helsinki from June 11-15. The ECEN assembly meets every second year, offering an ecumenical platform for sharing and strengthening cooperation among representatives from different churches in […] Read More

It seems like Christians, who have been explicitly called to love one another and to work together for the Kingdom of God, spend an inordinate amount of time fussing and fighting. This happens in both individual churches and also denominations. Sometimes the things that divide Christians are admittedly quite significant, but most of the time […] Read More

Australian church historian, Kerri Handasyde, had an illuminating essay on “Harvest Thanksgiving and the Photography of Grace” in a recent issue of the Australian Journal of Liturgy. Arguing that Harvest Thanksgiving “rests at the junction of liturgy, nature and memory,” Handasyde presents an artful analysis of the Harvest Thanksgiving tradition in Nonconformist churches in Australia […] Read More

One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read is “The Brothers Karamazov” by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. In one portion of this classic, the character of Father Zossima tells his fellow monks the story of his brother Markel’s last days. Markel, who previously cared little for God or religion, had a change of heart. […] Read More

I’ve often traveled north on Interstate 26 / U.S. Highway 23 into the broken heart of eastern Kentucky’s coal country over the last few months. The land looks weary. There are gashes in the hillsides, which huge machines have stripped bare not only of coal but of topsoil; peaks blasted away from once-majestic mountains, now […] Read More

My church observed Earth Stewardship Sunday recently by singing hymns and offering prayers that honored God as Creator. We were even reminded during communion that the bread and wine are gifts of the earth provided by the one who made it. For my sermon, I chose to focus on the words of the hymn, “This […] Read More