MAY 15 - JUNE 12, 2020
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WEEK 1: May 16-22
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. 
"His Eye is On the Salmon" - short article
This brief reflection, written by Circlewood Executive Director James Amadon, makes the case for an ecological approach to faith. Click on the photo to go to the article.
Bible Reading - Genesis 1
This brief guide to Lectio Divina will help you in your reading of Genesis 1. Click on the Word icon for access.
Daily Walking
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.
“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.

"Let Creation Rejoice" - book excerpt

Short excerpt from the book by Johnathan Moo & Robert S. White - Chapter 4 Pg. 80-86. These pages focus on why a biblical perspective on hope is relevant to the conversation about Christian Ecology. Click the PDF icon to access the pages.

WEEK 2: May 23-29
Life in a Groaning Creation

"The Bible and Ecology" - book excerpt

Short excerpt from the book by Richard Bauckham - Chapter 4 pp. 92-102. This reading highlights the lament and grief in  scripture in regards to the suffering of creation. Click the PDF icon to access the pages.

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.

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.
Daily Walking
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.
Documentary: "The Anthropocene: The age of mankind"
This 47 minute documentary explores the ways human beings have altered the earth, and what the future might look like. It also raises intriguing questions regarding human responsibility and how we should relate to the earth. It is from a European filmmaker - most of it is in English, but you will want to turn on the subtitles. Available free on Youtube - click the image to watch.
Documentary: "Allora & Calzadilla, The Great Silence"
This 17 minute poetic video reflection takes us into the silent, subtitled, inner monologue of a parrot on the brink of extinction, reflecting on voice, silence, extraterrestrial life and human folly. The film is focused around the Arecibo Observatory, which captures and transmits radio waves from and into outer space - and whose site is also home to the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrots. It invites us to consider the perspective of other creatures - what voice do they have? How do they interact with God?
WEEK 3: May 30 - June 5
Salvation Means Creation Healed

"Salvation Means Creation Healed" - book excerpt

Short excerpt from the book co-written by a pastor and a scholar. This section (pp.93-109), help us see that the gospel is good news not just for humans but for all creation. Click the PDF icon to access the pages.

PODCAST from On Being:

The Art of Being Creatures with Dr. Ellen Davis and Wendell Berry
In this intimate conversation, we ponder the world and our place in it, through sacred text, with fresh eyes. We’re accompanied by the biblical scholarship of Ellen Davis and the meditative and prophetic poetry of Wendell Berry, read for us from his home in Kentucky:
“Stay away from anything / that obscures the place it is in. / There are no unsacred places; / there are only sacred places / and desecrated places. / Accept what comes of silence.”

"The Wonder and Terror of Hearing God’s Voice in a Disaster" -  article from Christianity Today

Written by Gerald Erickson - you know him as your current classmate Jerry! - this article asks where God is in the midst of natural disasters, and invites us to ask what God might be saying to us in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis.

Bible Reading - Colossians 1:13-20
These two passages highlight the undoing and groaning of creation. You can use the lectio divina guide from week 1 if it helps.
Food Tracking
Make a list of all the locations your food comes from. Do you notice any patterns or anything that sticks out to you from this?

PODCAST from Center for Contemplation and Action:

Environmental Awareness Rooted in Franciscan Spirituality
The Franciscan wing of Catholicism has always factored the whole creation into their theology and work. In this conversation, Franciscan Richard Rohr, in conversation with Brie Stoner and Paul Swanson, dig into the Franciscan roots that bear fruit for the current climate crisis. Drawing from the context of our planet’s fragility, the discussion forms around the Franciscan relational viewpoint with the bodies (planetary, human, and non-human), the role of lament, and embodying Franciscan values to be agents of healing.

"Shalom and the Community of Creation" - book excerpt

Short excerpt from Randy Woodley's excellent introduction to indigenous theology. This section (pp.10-24), gives a brief overview of the biblical picture of shalom and connects it to Native American frameworks of harmony . Click the PDF icon to access the pages.

WEEK 4: June 6-12
Earthkeeping Core Practice: Food and Farming

EARTHKEEPERS PODCAST from Circlewood - 40 mins

Urban Farming and Environmental Justice - In this episode we talk to Matt Ryan, an urban farmer in Chicago whose makes it his mission to educate the community about the social and environmental justice dynamics of growing food. The conversation includes crucial topics such as the intimacy of a farmer’s relationship to the land; the sustainability of small-scale farming; urban and backyard farming; the global food supply chain; and winter gardening. 
Bible Reading - Psalm 65
This psalm pictures God as a farmer, tending to the earth.
Documentary: "Biggest Little Farm"
This beautiful film chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. You can watch it on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu.

The mission of Circlewood is to cultivate transformative communities that love and care for all creation.





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