I am delighted to share a book recommendation with you all. My friend Andrea, priestess extrordinare of urban farming in Camden, NJ has a chapter in a new book on interfaith ecological justice. I have yet to read it, but it looks fabulous. It is proposing a simple and yet radical premise: in this age of religious polarization and mutual suspicion, perhaps the one thing that can bring people together across the dividing lines of creeds, traditions and denominations is our shared location on this here planet. The earth is the common heritage that people of all or no faith can claim, and if we are going to mend our hurting planet, perhaps we need to start here, with what we have in common. From the introduction:
I have writen this book to encourage people of faith to address this question: Can religious people save the environment? And I have discovered along the way that there is a second and equally important question to be addressed: Can the environmental challenge save religion? ...
Humanity is facing a collective brush with mortality. It is time for us to reflect, as Noah did before the cataclysm in his time, on what we truly need. In the face of this sobering challenge, we must look towards a new beginning and make it a reality.
Environmental problem solving usually encompasses some element of self-denial, of less. I believe that if we rebalance our spiritual and material hungers, our environmental repair may yeild a time of more--much more: more connections, more wisdom and more abundance.
Find more information from the publisher at this link.