“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” – NRS Genesis 1:31a

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Print Resources

PRESBYTERIAN

50 Ways to Help Save the Earth  by past PEC Coordinator, Rebecca Barnes-Davies, 2010 winner of Angell Award for best first book by a Presbyterian author. Order from The Presbyterian Marketplace (800)524-2612, unless otherwise noted.

Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice: A report adopted by the 202nd General Assembly (1990) Presbyterian Church, USA. Official eco-justice policy of the church. Includes study guide. #OGA90002.

Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation by Rev. Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore, Director of the Program of Christian Spirituality and Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary. The book is an invaluable resource of offerings for meditation, prayerful reflection, and worship based on caring for and giving gratitude for creation. Available through several sources including www.upperroom.org.

Hope for a Global Future: Toward Just And Sustainable Human Development Approved by the 208 th General Assembly (1996) Presbyterian Church, USA. Includes study guide. #OGA96013.

Church and Society: Energy in God’s World: Our Future, Our Choice. March/April 2004 journal focuses on energy concerns, alternatives, and actions. #72-630-04-602.

Enough for Everyone packet. Outlines the four projects of Enough for Everyone: Presbyterian Coffee Project, Electric Stewardship, Sweat-Free T, and Investing in Hope. #7426002328

ECUMENICAL

Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation. Available from Earth Ministry.

Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective. Available from Earth Ministry.

Food and Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread. Available from Earth Ministry.

The Cry of Creation: A Call for Climate Justice. Available from Earth Ministry, Phone (206) 632-2426, Order online at www.earthministry.org.

Earth Prayers From Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth. Roberts, Elizabeth and Elais Amidon, ed. San Francisco: Harper Collins (0-06-250888-1).

 A Wee Worship Book: The Wild Goose worship group of the Iona Community.  Liturgies and prayers, many of which include creation-awareness, from the Celtic tradition.

Edward Hays, Psalms for Zero Gravity or Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim. Forests of Peace Publishing.


Online Resources

PRESBYTERIAN

PEC list of resources on water concerns (from June 2005 conference)

Environmental Justice program (PC USA) resource list

Presbyterian Washington Office Ecology and Environment Federal legislative email action alert list

Presbyterian Peacemaking offering packets: These packets are a treasure trove of materials for both children and adults. Themes often focus in some way on “making peace with the land.”

PC(USA) POLICY

2010 Recommendation on Uplifting the Call to Restore Creation

PC(USA) Environment and Energy Policy Brief. Presbyterian General Assemblies have been speaking on issues of environmental protection and justice since the late 1960s. Their witness ranges broadly from drinking water safety and acid rain, to protecting endangered species, to cleaning up dirty power plants, to climate change and U.S. energy policy. The Assemblies’ major policy statements on environment were in 1971 and 1990, and on energy in 1981.

Hazardous Waste, Race, and the Environment. The 204th General Assembly (1992) mandated that “the Racial Ethnic Ministry Unit as lead entity in consultation with the Committee on Social Witness Policy and Social Justice and Peacemaking Ministry Unit . . . prepare a resolution that clarifies the policy of the PC(USA) on the issue of ‘Toxic Waste, Race, and the Environment,’ suggest steps the PC(USA) may take in responding to this issue, and report to the 205th General Assembly (1993)” (Minutes, 1992, Part I, pp. 627−28).

The Power to Change – U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming. This policy, approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008), is the first major update of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s energy policy in more than 27 years. This General Assembly policy offers moral guidance and provides practical steps individual Presbyterians, groups and communities may take to change unhealthy energy practices to ensure that there is an abundant supply of God’s good energy for future generations of the whole creation to enjoy.

Presbyterian Social Witness Policy Compilation. The Presbyterian Social Witness Policy Compilation is a compendium of social witness policies adopted by the General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations.  The Presbyterian Social Witness Policy Compilation presents each policy statement, resolution, or commissioners’ resolution in groups of similar actions. Its excerpts summarize the teaching ministry of the church on given topics and connect them to the church’s larger vision of social righteousness.

ECUMENICAL

ELCA Environmental Audit Guide

Eco-Justice Ministries An independent, ecumenical agency that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God’s creation, and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability.

Eco-Justice Curriculum Review Help children and youth to make the connection between faith and caring for creation. Eco-Justice Ministries reviews curriculum by age group, length, and theological bent.

United Methodist Caretakers of God’s Creation The homepage for PEC’s counterpart in the United Methodist Church.

Climate Change and Public Health Briefing Dr. Howard Frumkin of the CDC’s slide presentation on climate change and public health, delivered at the 2009 Faith and Environment Conference in Montreat.