Getting Ready For Earth Day – Some Resources to Consider for 2020

by Christine Sine

Garden blessing.001by Christine Sine –

Earth day, one of my favourite celebrations, is April 22nd. This year is the 50th Anniversary so I thought it was time to remind you of some of the resources that we make available through Godspace each year.

Our free resource, Creating a Faith-Based Community Garden, is full of links, liturgies and ideas for creating both your personal garden and a faith-based garden in your community or church. We also post additional resources regularly on the Facebook page To Garden with God and I highly recommend this wonderful garden reflection from colleague, Andy Wade.

Nurya Love Parish has put together an excellent resource (also free) entitled The Christian Food Movement.

A Rocha Canada, once again invites us to celebrate Good Seed Sunday with them.

Let All Creation Praise has links to a number of great resources.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is a multi-faith network committed to action on climate change and offers Climate Action Kits in five different religions: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, and Jewish. They are available as a free download.

GreenFaith offers resources including multi-faith eco-spirituality prayers, liturgies and music that would be a great addition to your Earth Day celebration.

Check out the detail from Blessed Tomorrow’s Carbon Offset Program and see if your house of worship would consider participating.

Blessed Earth posted downloadable tip sheets for better stewardship and creation care for Earth Day and other various areas of life.

National Religious Coalition on Creation Care‘s resource list is worth looking over as it contains literature, prayers, and other resources on Climate, Energy, Forests, etc.

Green heart education has some good Earth day prayers from different religious perspectives.

The Green Good News share insights on how to “integrate sustainable living and Christian discipleship”. Check out their local initiatives page for ideas to implement in your neighborhood and church.

Interested in a free, downloadable one-hour program for Earth Day? Catholic Climate Covenant has what you are looking for.

A local Seattle group called Earth Ministry offers resources for Earth Day as well as other holidays too.

#CareForCreation started by Creation Justice Ministries is a great way to share on social media and link with others who are advocating for creation care. Consider sharing this list of 52 Ways to Care for Creation for Earth Day.

Interfaith Power & Light has many resources available including a list of Climate Prayers and Sample Sermons.

A Few Books to Read

It is impossible for me to list all the books that make good reading for Earth day from a faith perspective. Here are a few that I have read in the last couple of years that I recommend:

Food and Faith A Theology Of Eating by Norman Wirzba. This is my favorite go to resource about creation, food and eating.

Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call To Reconcile With Creation by Fred Bahnson and Norman Wirzba. A great introduction to our responsibility for the earth God has given us.

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology by Daniel Brunner, Jennifer Butler and A.J. Swoboda. A great resource that is biblically rooted and historically informed. It enables us to deepen our witness on behalf of creation.

A Climate of Hope: Church and Mission in a Warming World by Claire Dawson and Dr Mick Pope. A well thought out Australian perspective on climate change and our Christian responsibility. Lots of good stories from Australia and abroad.

Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community by Leah Kostamo. I love this little book. Easy to read with lots of delightful stories. Leah works with A Rocha Canada.

Morning Altars by Day Schildkret. The best process I have found for contemplative practice with nature.

Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective edited by Noah J Toly and Daniel I. Block.

Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson.

God’s Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation by Anne and Jeffrey Rowthorn. A great collection of liturgies and prayers for creation.

Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine S White. This is a timeless classic. Written in 1958, it is a refreshing collection of essays about gardening, writing and the inspiration we receive.

Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry. Another classic from one of my favourite authors challenging us to become more conscious of the lives of those who produce our food and the world from which our food comes.

To Garden with God by Christine Sine. A collection of reflections on faith and gardening. I am amazed at the ways that people have used this book to help them connect their faith and their time in the garden.

Godspace Resources

Earth Day Resources on Godspace:

Here is a compilation of all the resources I have posted for Earth day over the last few years:

Earth Day Prayers for 2015

Native American Prayers for Earth Day

Garden Blessing for Earth Day

A Garden blessing for Earth Day 2013

Earth Day Liturgy

And my favourite Garden liturgy which includes the responsive reading below.

Adapted from Ps 65:5-12
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness,
God our Saviour you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
You are the hope of the farthest seas,
When morning dawns and evening fades
You call forth songs of joy
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
You care for the land and water it;
You enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
To provide the people with grain,
For so you have ordained it.
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
You soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
And your carts overflow with abundance.
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth
The grasslands of the deserts overflow;
The hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
And the valleys are mantled with grain;
They shout for joy and sing
God you call forth songs of joy from all the earth

Check out all our earth day and garden liturgies and prayers on our gardening and spirituality page.

~Special thank you to Leah Schade for providing many of the links above in her Lenten Devotional book, For the Beauty of the Earth. The Mustard Seed House has been reading it together as a community during this Lent season and have really enjoyed researching the environmental stewardship groups that are highlighted in this book.~

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6 comments

jennethsuzanne April 12, 2016 - 8:39 am

Thank you Christine for your lovely piece. My husband was involved with Sozo Eden, training people in townships to use their space to make door shaped gardens. Your article makes me think of this!
http://thesozofoundation.org.za/eden/

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Christine Sine April 12, 2016 - 8:48 am

Thanks Jenneth. I have visited the Sozo website several times. Love what they are doing.

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Kate Rae Davis April 13, 2016 - 12:23 pm

This is a great resource list! Thank you!

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Christine Sine April 13, 2016 - 9:25 pm

Glad you found it helpful Kate. Enjoy Earth Day.

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ruthpattison1 April 10, 2017 - 8:49 am

Thank you for your wonderful poem/litany for blessing the garden. We will use it this evening to bless our community garden at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, Atlanta, Georgia. I’m thrilled! thrilled with all the other resources on this website as well. Bless you and all the whole earth. The Rev Ruth Pattison

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Christine Sine April 10, 2017 - 9:22 am

Thanks Ruth. Always appreciate feedback!

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