Where can you find Christianity of a greener shade? Christians who care for the animals and plants of this creation as our Creator calls us to do? Christian communities that exercise real leadership?
I thought it might be useful to put together a primer on Green Christian and Animal Protetion websites and blogs. What do you think? Here are a number of sites that I have referred to other the years:
ARC: Alliance of religionsand conservation. Contains article about the Australian Anglicans on climate change.
A Rocha: Christians in conservation
Christian Ecology Link: A multi-denominational UK Christian organisation for people concerned about the Environment. Includes links to Australian sites too.
Earth Ministry: A response to the need felt by many Christians to recognise the riches of God’s creation and to address from a Christian perspective the environmental problems of our society. An Aussie Uniting Church initiative.
Eco Congregation: An ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith, and respond in practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals, and in the local and global community. Includes an environmental audit toolkit and award scheme for churches.
God and Animals: In defence of creation
God’s Earth is Sacred: An open letter to church and society in the United States. This document was drafted and signed by Christians across a wide theological spectrum.
NACCE: North American Coalition for Christianity and Ecology
Sites Unseen: Eco Christian links
TREES: Theological Roundtable on Ecological Ethics and Spirituality. A student-based, inter-religious organization at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, seeks to raise awareness of the issues that surround the ecological demise of the earth.
JRI: The John Ray Initiative is an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action.
Web of Creation: Ecological resourses to transform faith and society
If you have any more suggestions, like sites that I’ve overlooked, please feel free to contribute to the list.
2 thoughts on “Green Christianity around the Globe”
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.
The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.
Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.
If there are no gaps there is no emotion.
Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.
When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.
There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.
People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.
Man becomes machine.
A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.
FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.
SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.
A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.
A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.
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That is very helpful. Have you sent a link to Mark and Jamie??
I’ll keep it in mind for Home Group (for more info, read my blog update on that).
David and I are planning our garden at the moment, and trying to think of the best way to be water-efficient, soil caring and dry conditions plant mindful. We’re even getting worms!! I am excited about the worms… we have the “can-o-worms” ready to go from Bunnings, just need the worms.
I am very keen to hook into some local Christian and Community Eco/Enviro groups, so I shall read through your sites.
Just another thing… why haven’t Australian city churches made the most of their roof surface area and put in water tanks??? Also, what about Grey water? There is enough activity in most churches through the week to waste enough water that could be better used for flushing toilets or upkeeping gardens! I have had this discussion with Mark, but if Pendo talks about any renovations, like the Preschool or whatever, please encourage tanks to be apart of it. Anyhow, it saves on Water rates 🙂
🙂 hobby-horse Jen