Green Team Resources

Premise: the environmental crisis is so important that every religious leader can teach/preach about it (especially important on Earth Day and World Environment Day. Here are books and Web sites that have influenced me and taught me what I know. Enjoy!


Fox, Matthew. Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality (Bear & Co., 1983)

McFague, Fallie. Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age (Fortress, 1987)

Hessel, Dieter T., and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds. Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans (Harvard University Press, 2000) (If you buy one book, this should be the one. It is the collection of papers given by the key theologians presenting at the Conference on Christianity and Ecology, Harvard University

Rasmussen, Larry. Earth Community, Earth Ethics. (Orbis Books, 199)

Santmire, H. Paul. The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology (Fortress, 1985)

Sitler, Joseph. Evocations of Grace: Writings on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics (Eerdman’s, 2000)

Webb, Benjamin, ed. Fugitive Faith (Orbis, 1998)

Wright, Nancy, and Donald Kill. Ecological Healing: A Christian Vision (Orbis, 1993) (out of print but may be borrowed for study groups, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Daly, Herman E., and John B.Cobb, Jr. For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future (Beacon, 1989). (What would our economy look like if nature mattered?)

Hopkins, Rob and Heinberg, Richard. The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Chelsea Green, 2008)

McKibben, Bill.  Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Holt Paperbacks, 2008)

Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia. Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (Augsburg Fortress, 2002) (the author is a Lutheran theologian and economist)

Our Common Future: The World Commission on Environment and Development (Oxford, 1987) (This book marks the first prominent definition of sustainability)


Tucker, Mary Evelyn. Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Carus, 2003) (The author organized ten major conferences on world religions and ecology for the Forum on Religion and Ecology)

Church-centered caring for creation

Barnett, Tanya Marcovna, ed. and comp. Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation (Earth Ministry,

Tutu, Desmund et al. The Green Bible ( essays by Desmond Tutu, N. T. Wright, and many others. verses and passages that speak to God’s care for creation highlighted in green; Green Bible index and study guide (HarperOne, 2008)

Web sites (to order the Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation) (for Earth Day resources) to signup for e-newsletter, with liturgical ideas throughout the year

Additional Resources


pdf Call to Earth Keeping (1.83 MB)

pdf ELCA Environmental Audit Guide (115 KB)

The Web of Creation site includes a number of earthkeeping resources developed by professors and students at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

pdf Caring for Creation (143 KB)

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