Christian 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.

10 Principles for Environmental Preaching: How to Craft Eco-Sermons

If you’re a preacher wanting to find ways to craft sermons that make the biblical and theological case for protecting God’s Creation, here are 10 principles for environmental preaching. These principles will help you read and interpret Scripture in order to preach an “eco sermon.”

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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An Ecological Stations of the Cross, 2023

As Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, many will engage in a practice called The Stations of the Cross. Also known as the Way of the Cross, or the Way of Sorrows, the Stations of the Cross is a series of images depicting scenes from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Mar 16, 2023

How to Preach a Sermon about Climate Change and Your Congregation

Since the early days of my ministry back in the early 2000s, I’ve been experimenting with how to preach a sermon about climate change and environmental issues. In my book, Creation-Crisis Preaching, I emphasize that it’s important to ground such a sermon in strong biblical and theological foundations as well as connect with your congregation’s context.
Dec 7, 2022

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