ECOPREACHER 1-2-3

God’s Creation needs good preaching! Good preaching needs God’s Creation!

• Discover a new perspective for engaging the Bible that deepens and expands your faith.
• Learn how we can proclaim justice for God’s Creation in the face of climate change and other environmental issues.
• Be equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your preaching relevant, courageous, and creative.
• Be inspired to make a difference for our planet, your community, and our future.

In an effort to encourage clergy to preach and teach on Christian ecology at least once a month, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade have partnered to develop a new free resource called EcoPreacher 1-2-3. Drawing from Eco Bible, a Jewish ecological commentary on the Hebrew Scriptures, Dr. Schade, author of Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015), provides sermon preparation for preaching about caring for God’s Creation that is short, accessible, and based on a solid biblical foundation.

EcoPreacher 1-2-3 offers a brief “eco-exegesis” for interpreting a Hebrew text from the Revised Common Lectionary for that Sunday. This is followed by one “eco idea” for the basis of the sermon, two “eco questions” to go deeper, and three “eco actions” to choose from to help a congregation put their faith into action. With this resource, preachers can use the sermon ideas in their own context and make it relevant for their congregation.

• Adaptable to your preaching context
• Sparks ideas for sermon preparation
• Inspirational
• Ecumenical
• Providing knowledge and tools to make your preaching courageous and creative

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RESOURCES

Justice for Creation is Justice for People: Psalm 97

Justice for Creation is Justice for People: Psalm 97

Here are ideas for reading and preaching Psalm 97 with an eye toward environmental justice and human rights, especially in a time of war.
May 25, 2022
A New Heaven and a New Earth? Revelation 21:1-6

A New Heaven and a New Earth? Revelation 21:1-6

Some interpret the apocalyptic vision of “a new heaven and a new earth” in Revelation to mean that we are free to exploit and degrade the Earth today. Nothing could be further from the truth.
May 10, 2022
Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12:1-14

Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12:1-14

Maundy Thursday and Passover have deep environmental connections. The eco-wisdom of the Hebrew Scriptures can expand our experience of this holy day and the journey to Easter.
Apr 8, 2022
Stars and Baby Chicks: Genesis 15 and Luke 13

Stars and Baby Chicks: Genesis 15 and Luke 13

From the vastness of the cosmos to the tiny, vulnerable chicks, God’s promises both assure and challenge us.
Mar 7, 2022
A Blessed Ecosystem of Faith: Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10, Luke 6:17-26

A Blessed Ecosystem of Faith: Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10, Luke 6:17-26

Create an ecosystem of faith! Both the psalmist and Jeremiah urge us to root ourselves near the flowing waters of God’s word.
Feb 7, 2022
God’s Creation Preaches! Psalm 19 Links Nature and Torah

God’s Creation Preaches! Psalm 19 Links Nature and Torah

God’s Creation preaches? How can this be? We have to tune our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to the language of Creation.
Jan 18, 2022
Peace On Earth and WITH Earth: Christmas, Psalm 96 and 97

Peace On Earth and WITH Earth: Christmas, Psalm 96 and 97

Psalms 96 and 97 depict Earth has having agency, voice, and . . . dance. Dance? Yes! The Hebrew word for “tremble” in Psalm 96:9 and 97:4 can also mean dance, sing, and rejoice. This is a wonderful image of Earth rising up in celebration as the angels announce Jesus’s birth!
Dec 16, 2021
Thanksgiving, Manna, and the Lesson of “Just Enough”: Exodus 16:13-21

Thanksgiving, Manna, and the Lesson of “Just Enough”: Exodus 16:13-21

Ideas for reading and preaching Exodus 16:31-21 for a Thanksgiving sermon or reflection. This is part of the EcoPreacher 1-2-3 series to equip pastors and church members to engage the Bible through an ecological lens.
Nov 11, 2021