Lee is a worship leader at New Spring Community Church in South Carolina. Historically, he and I have diverged markedly in our approach to Christian faith and philosophy. But a recent New York Times article discussed an initiative by leaders of evangelical Christian churches to recognize global warming as a problem and engage with strategies to understand and mitigate human-induced climate change. I thought this might provide some common ground for Lee and I to reinvigorate our dialog on Christian faith and works in the world.
So to begin, I think this blog thread is a good place for a running repository for discussions, articles, websites, ideas, etc. on the nexus of ecocentric philosophy and Christian faith. I'll start off with some materials off the top of my head and from some very cursory web research:
TREES (Theological Roundtable on Ecological Ethics and Spirituality) is a student group at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Christian Ecology Link,"a multi denominational UK Christian organisation
for people concerned about the Environment."
ARC (Alliance of Religions and Conservation) page on Christianity and ecology.
And a classic paper from Science magazine in 1967 by historian Lynn White: The historical roots of our ecological crisis (Science 155(3767):1203, 1967).
A grassroots initiative: Jesus People Against Pollution. Watch a movie about their work here.
The Evangelical Climate Initiative, and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
An online book by process theologian John Cobb, Jr.: Sustainability: Economics, Ecology and Justice
What Would Jesus Drive? Because: "Our transportation choices are moral choices that for Christians fall under the Lordship of Christ."
From their site:
For ourselves, as we renew our confession of Christ as Lord of every corner of our lives we pledge:
- to walk, bike, car pool, and use public transportation more;
- to purchase the most fuel efficient and least polluting vehicle available that truly fits our needs;
- to educate others about the moral concerns and solutions associated with transportation;
- to encourage automobile manufacturers to produce the most fuel efficient and least polluting vehicles possible that fit the needs of the American people; and,
- to urge government leaders to support public transportation, a significant increase in fuel economy standards, and research and development for promising new transportation technologies that reduce pollution and increase fuel efficiency
Thanks to Beth for mentioning the Jubilee movement!