Natural Saints: How People of Faith Are Working to Save Gods Earth

Paperback | November 15, 2013

byMallory McDuff

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At La Capilla de Santa Maria, parishioners weatherized their church in an effort to decrease the utility bills that took up a fifth of the annual budget. At Jubilee Community Church, parents and the education coordinator revised the Sunday School curriculum to integrate care of creation forall age levels. And at All People's Church in Milwaukee, the sanctuary became a free farmer's market on Sundays with produce grown by youth.Natural Saints shares the stories and strategies of contemporary church leaders, parishioners, and religious environmentalists working to define a new environmental movement, where justice as a priority for the church means a clean and safe environment for all. Mallory McDuff shows that a focus onGod's earth is transforming both people and congregations, creating more relevant and powerful ministries. As a result, people of faith are forming a new environmental movement with a moral mandate to care for God's earth.McDuff highlights eight key ministries: protecting human dignity, feeding the hungry, creating sacred spaces, responding to natural disasters, promoting justice, making a pilgrimage, educating youth, and bearing witness. With two daughters in tow, she traveled across the country to documentenvironmental actions grounded in faith. This journey transformed the author's own faith and hope for a sustainable future. Congregations and individuals seeking to integrate care of creation into their faith community will find inspiration and concrete advice in the lives of these naturalsaints.

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At La Capilla de Santa Maria, parishioners weatherized their church in an effort to decrease the utility bills that took up a fifth of the annual budget. At Jubilee Community Church, parents and the education coordinator revised the Sunday School curriculum to integrate care of creation forall age levels. And at All People's Church in ...

Mallory McDuff teaches at Warren Wilson College in the Swannanoa Valley near Asheville, North Carolina, where she lives with her two daughters. She grew up on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama, where her parents connected faith to environmentalism through actions such as giving up driving for Lent. She has a Ph.D. in wildlife ecolog...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199335958

ISBN - 13:9780199335954

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction - The Doxology and a Communion of Saints: A Journey with Faith and Earth1. Protecting Human Dignity: Fair Food, Farmworker Rights, and the Church2. Feeding the Hungry: Gardening for God's Children3. Creating Sacred Spaces: Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs, and Green Building4. Responding to Natural Disaster and Rebuilding: Loss and Resurrection on the Gulf Coast5. Promoting Justice: Environmental Justice, Toxic Tours, and GreenFaith6. Making a Pilgrimage: Mountaintop Removal, Water, and Wildflowers7. Educating Youth: Solar Panels at Camp, Creation Care at Sunday School8. Bearing Witness: Engaging People of Faith in Environmental AdvocacyConclusionReverend Brian Cole: AfterwordNotesIndex