6/ 2016 Creation Corner Column: Early Summer Readings and Web-surfing
BOOKS FOR THE READER (of faith)
Creation in Crisis: Science, Ethics, Theology. Joshtrom Kureethadam
Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home, by Pope Francis. Intro. by Naomi Oreskes in the edition published by Melville House paperback. Also see Laudato Si' entry below.
Everyday Inspirations from God's Creation: 365 Devotions Inspired by the Great Outdoors. David McLaughlan, ed.
The Humane Economy. Wayne Pacelle (president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States).
Laudato Si’: Papal Encyclical on the Environment (Pope Francis re: Our Common Home. Includes a study guide in the book published by The Word Among Us Press, 1-800-775-9673 www.wau.org .)
On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of Compassion for Animals. Stephen H. Webb (founder of Christian Vegetarian Association.
Thinking Together At The Edge of History: A Memoir of the Lindisfarne Association, by William Irwin Thompson.
Note from Wikipedia: The Lindisfarne Association (1972–2012) was a group of intellectuals of diverse interests organized by cultural historian William Irwin Thompson for the "study and realization of a new planetary culture". It was inspired by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead's idea of an integral philosophy of organism, and by Teilhard de Chardin's idea of planetization.
To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community. Lisa Graham McMinn.
What Are We Doing on Earth for Christ's Sake. Richard Leonard.
15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun. Lucie Green.
The Backyard Beekeeper. Kim Flottum.
Earth Acupuncture: Healing the Living Landscape. Gail Reichstein Rex, L. Ac.
The Hive and the Honey-Bee. Lorenzo Langstroth.
How Did We Get Into This Mess: Politics, Equality, Nature. George Monbiot.
The Meaning of Human Existence. Edward O. Wilson.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari.
America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake. Ted Levin.
Jellyfish: A Natural History. Lisa-Ann Gershwin.
Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way It Does. Philip Ball.
The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick. Jessica Riskin.
Seeds: A Natural History. Carolyn Fry.
http://www.ewg.org for The Environmental Working Group
http://www.livingthequestions.com provides curricular materials for progressive Christians; see "Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith" seven 20-minute DVD sessions. Bruce Sanguin authored the companion reader.
https://www.tourismconcern.org.uk the eco/ethical guide to cruises
http://www.trashisfortossers.com Zero Waste Lifestyle site and blog of same name by Lauren Singer
http:www.trashmountain.com a project helping to develop Christ-centered environments for children and families living in trash dump communities worldwide. Brett Durbin
Note: The compiler for this column, Michael Ochs, recently attended the six-week Lenten study series on the papal environmental encyclical, hosted by Pastor Elizabeth Aurand at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, with an ecumenical attendance that numbered about one-half Lutherans and one-half Roman Catholic. Subsequently he attended a workshop on "Rethinking Recycling" hosted by the Social Justice Team at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Both parishes are in Williamsport PA.-30