Natural Saints How People of Faith Are Working to Save God's Earth

ISBN-10: 0199335958
ISBN-13: 9780199335954
Edition: 2013
Authors: Mallory McDuff
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

At La Capilla de Santa Mar�a, parishioners weatherized their church in an effort to decrease the utility bills that took up a fifth of the annual budget. At Jubilee Community Church, parents and the education coordinator revised the Sunday School curriculum to integrate care of creation for all age levels. And at All People's Church in Milwaukee, the sanctuary became a free farmer's market on Sundays with produce grown by youth. Natural Saints shares the stories and strategies of contemporary church leaders, parishioners, and religious environmentalists working to define a new environmental movement, where justice as a priority for the church means a clean and safe environment for all. Mallory McDuff shows that a focus on God's earth is transforming both people and congregations, creating more relevant and powerful ministries . As a result, people of faith are forming a new environmental movement with a moral mandate to care for God's earth. McDuff highlights eight key ministries: protecting human dignity, feeding the hungry, creating sacred spaces, responding to natural disasters, promoting justice, making a pilgrimage, educating youth, and bearing witness. With two daughters in tow, she traveled across the country to document environmental actions grounded in faith. This journey transformed the author's own faith and hope for a sustainable future. Congregations and individuals seeking to integrate care of creation into their faith community will find inspiration and concrete advice in the lives of these natural saints.

Mallory McDuff teaches environmental education at Warren Wilson College, a unique liberal arts school that combines academics with work and service. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was raised in a family that integrated faith and environmental stewardship. She is the author of Natural Saints.

Introduction: The Doxology and a Communion of Saints
Protecting Human Dignity: Fair Food, Farmworker Rights, and the Church
Feeding the Hungry: Gardening for God's Children
Creating Sacred Spaces: Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs, and Green Building
Responding to Natural Disaster and Rebuilding: Loss and Resurrection on the Gulf Coast
Promoting Justice: Environmental Justice, Toxic Tours, and Green Faith
Making a Pilgrimage: Mountaintop Removal, Water, and Wildflowers
Educating Youth: Solar Panels at Camp, Creation Care at Sunday School
Bearing Witness: Engaging People of Faith in Environmental Advocacy
Conclusion: Acts of Faith Transformed by Grace
Afterword
Notes
Index

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