Sacred Acts How Chruches Are Working to Protect Earth's Climate

ISBN-10: 0865717001

ISBN-13: 9780865717008

Edition: 2012

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Description: From evangelicals to Episcopalians, people of faith are mobilizing to confront climate change. This unique anthology brings together stories from all over North America of contemporary church leaders, parishioners, and religious activists who are working to define a new environmental movement, where honoring the Creator means protecting the planet.Sacred Actsdocuments the diverse actions taken by churches to address climate change through stewardship, advocacy, spirituality, and justice. Contributions from leading Christian voices such as Norman Wirzba and the Reverend Canon Sally Bingham detail the work of faith communities:Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where parishioners have enhanced food security by sharing canning and food preservation skills in the church kitchenGeorgia's Interfaith Power & Light, which has used federal stimulus funds help congregations, reduce utility bills, and cut carbon emissionsEarth Ministry, where people of faith spearheaded the movement to pass state legislation to make Washington State coal-freeSacred Actsshows that churches can play a critical role in confronting climate change—perhaps the greatest moral imperative of our time. This timely collection will inspire individuals and congregations to act in good faith to help protect Earth's climate.Mallory McDuffteaches 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 ofNatural Saints.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: A Pentecost Moment of Change
stewardship
Food, Faith and a Catechesis of Taste: Resisting the Junk Food of Empire
Beyond Belief: Effective Religious Leadership on Energy and Climate Change
Life is Changed, Not Ended: Natural Burial, Conservation and Climate
spirituality
At the Intersection of Belief and Knowledge: Climate Science and our Christian Faith
In God's Garden: Living the Good News in a Changing Climate
The Birds of the Air: Preaching, Climate Change and Anxiety
advocacy
From Church Sanctuaries to the Steps of the Capitol: Faithful Advocacy for a Coal-Free Washington
Turning Over the Money Tables: The Economy, Green Jobs and Congregations
The Cross in the Mountains: Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia
justice
Faith and Flight: Immigration, die Church and the Climate
For the Health of All: Faith Communities and Environmental Justice
Responding in Times of Disaster: Pray Without Ceasing
Conclusion: On Earth as it is in Heaven
Afterword: The Power of Ideas
Notes
Index
About the Author
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