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Why should people of faith engage the moral challenge of climate change – and how should we do it?
Climate Church, Climate World, featured in the Chicago Tribune, helps answer these questions and empowers the reader to join others in taking action.
By providing discussion questions for each chapter and over 50 sermon suggestions, the book is a powerful and effective tool to spark congregational engagement.
We can expand the Golden Rule to include future generations. We can shift our focus from personal salvation to collective salvation. Because climate change amplifies all forms of injustice – hunger, refugees, racism, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war – defense of creation is a campaign for justice.
By reorienting what we prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing, and other spiritual practices, we can honor creation as we cultivate hope and discover new joy.
From the Foreword by Bill McKibben:
This book is written with unusual authority, because for as long as there has been a serious climate movement in the United States, Jim Antal has been at the forefront. I have stood with him at a hundred demonstrations, languished with him in jail, sweated next to him in paddy wagons. I have listened to him preach the powerful good news—and bad news—about the energy and climate crises from pulpit after pulpit. And I’ve watched as his cheerful, insistent, relentlessly loving approach has allowed so many Americans to join in this fight. He is on the short list of heroes who have given their all.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Jim Antal shows how the church can engage the urgent moral crisis of climate change. This book will inspire both the courage and conviction people of faith need to provide the leadership necessary to realise [sic] God’s dream of a just world in which humanity is reconciled to all of creation.
THE LATE ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS
Jim Antal is among the most knowledgeable and passionate advocates of Creation Care and he captures the complete story in Climate Church, Climate World.
DR. JAMES HANSEN, FORMER DIRECTOR, NASA GODDARD INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES
“This is the book for which we have been waiting concerning the climate crisis! It is clear...It is bold...It is institutionally realistic: this is no generic moral appeal, but a bid to the church to take up its primal mission...a welcome must read."
WALTER BRUEGGEMANN, COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY