FALL WEBINAR WEEKLY RESOURCES
OCTOBER 21 - NOVEMBER 18, 2020
WEEK 1: October 22-28
The Bible's Ecological Vision and Message
"God's Word to the Church" - 45 minute sermon/presentation
This sermon from Rev. Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International, a global organization focused on environmental conservation, gives a solid biblical basis for caring for God's world and clarifies some misinterpretations of the Bible that may have led Christians to an incomplete understanding of the gospel and God's good earth.
PRACTICES FOR THE WEEK
Bible Reading for the week:
Genesis 1 - 2
This brief guide to Lectio Divina will help you in your reading. Click on the Word icon for access.
Take a walk (or find a place to sit) and notice all the people, plants and birds you can. Walk this route every day and see how your observations grow.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES FOR GOING DEEPER
“The Bible and the Environment" - Podcast on Genesis 1
This is a podcast with Dr. Richard Bauckham, a biblical scholar whose work focuses on the Bible's ecological vision. More of an academic conversation than the Bookless sermon - but still comes with a British accent :) Fantastic Content! Click on the photo to go to the podcast.
WEEK 2: October 29-November 4
Life in a Groaning Creation
Connecting Faith and Climate with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. As an evangelical Christian and daughter of missionaries, Dr. Hayhoe resides in the unique space between religion and science. Recently, Time magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in 2014.
"The Age of Humans" - 4 minute video
Short video introducing the idea that we have entered a new era called the "Anthropocene." Invites us to ask if this is what God had in mind when humans were commanded to "fill the earth." If you want to learn more, there's a documentary on the topic in the Going Deeper section below.
PRACTICES FOR THE WEEK
Bible Reading - Genesis 3, Romans 8
These two passages highlight the undoing and groaning of creation. You can use the lectio divina guide from week 1 if it helps.
As you walk this week, in addition to noticing the beauty and grace of God's world, look for its suffering. Also look for human activity on the landscape, and note whether it seems to have a positive or negative impact, or both.
Documentary: "Food, Inc."
This 90 minute film features interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. You'll need an account with iTunes, Amazon, or Hulu to watch.
WEEK 3: November 5-11
Salvation Means Creation Healed
"All Things Reconciled" - 3 minute video
Short video reflection on the comprehensiveness of God's love and care for all creation from our friends at A Rocha US.