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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COP27 – Solidarity and Endurance for Climate Justice: Malachi 4 and Luke 21

COP27 – Solidarity and Endurance for Climate Justice: Malachi 4 and Luke 21

As world leaders and climate activists meet in November for the U.N.’s COP27, preachers and congregations can add their voices to the calls for climate justice. 
Nov 3, 2022
Be Persistent! Wrestling a Blessing for Eco-Justice: Genesis 32 and Luke 18

Be Persistent! Wrestling a Blessing for Eco-Justice: Genesis 32 and Luke 18

Can we wrestle a blessing from our struggles for environmental justice? Two stories from Scripture encourage us to be persistent.
Oct 12, 2022
Choose Life for Earth, Choose Earth for Life

Choose Life for Earth, Choose Earth for Life

Here are ideas for reading and preaching Deut. 30:15-20. This text is assigned for Sept. 4th, 2022, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost in the Revised Common Lectionary. This is part of the EcoPreacher 1-2-3 series to equip preachers and congregations for engaging the Bible through an ecological lens.
Aug 30, 2022
Eco-Wedding Liturgy: Ideas for a Creation-Centered Wedding Ceremony

Eco-Wedding Liturgy: Ideas for a Creation-Centered Wedding Ceremony

For couples wanting to have a “green wedding,” there are many websites that provide ideas about how to reduce their carbon footprint and lessen their impact on Earth’s resources. (See the end of this article for links.) But resources specifically for a Creation-centered liturgy are difficult to find. So, my former student, Rev. Melissa Frantz, and I have put together this eco-wedding liturgy.
Aug 25, 2022
Honoring and Protecting the Oaks of Mamre: Genesis 18:1-10a

Honoring and Protecting the Oaks of Mamre: Genesis 18:1-10a

The Oaks of Mamre play an important role in the story of Abraham’s hospitality toward God’s messengers. How can our congregations honor and protect trees today as a sign of our hospitality toward God’s Creation?
Jul 11, 2022
Pentecost and The Divine Purpose of Diversity: Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:2-21

Pentecost and The Divine Purpose of Diversity: Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:2-21

Make Babel great again? Hardly. There’s a reason why that monocultural empire failed. It’s because God desires diversity for both the human and Earth community!
Jun 3, 2022
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