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Love in a Time of Climate Change

Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice

Author: 
Sharon Delgado (Author)
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Love in a Time of Climate Change issues a call to readers to develop a loving response to climate change, which harms the poor, threatens future generations, and damages God’s creation. Exploring the theology of creation can help us understand the intrinsic value of creation and assess the physical and spiritual implications of climate change—especially the disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable—and our responsibility to work for climate justice in our time. 

ISBN: 
9781506418858
Price: 
$29.00
ISBN: 
9781506418865
Release date: 
July 15, 2017
Pages: 
226
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

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Contents:

 

Preface

Introduction: Love in a Time of Climate Change

Part I: Discerning the Truth about Climate Change

1. Climate Change: A Sign of the Times

2. Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience: Tools for Discernment

Part II: Honoring Creation

3. Scripture: Hearing Creation’s Groans

4. Tradition: The Wisdom of God in Creation

5. Reason: The New Creation Story

6. Experience: Creation as Sacrament

Part III: Establishing Justice

7. Scripture: Transforming the Jericho Road

8. Tradition: Social Holiness on a Warming Planet

9. Reason: Climate Justice and Common Sense

10. Experience: On the Front Lines of Climate Change

Conclusion: Love of God and Neighbor: A Faithful Response to Climate Change 

Endorsements

Love in a Time of Climate Change proves such essential reading.

“Climate change is the greatest challenge we’ve yet faced as a civilization. Meeting that challenge will require we use both our heads and our hearts. There are many primers that target the former, but fewer that target the latter. And that is why Love in a Time of Climate Change proves such essential reading.” 

Michael E. Mann | Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and author of The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.

This book is a gift to Christians everywhere, one that ultimately extends to all of God’s creation.

"Solutions to the world’s problems must include the churches if they are to be effective, and the churches must understand these challenges theologically if they are to be mobilized. Sharon Delgado masterfully articulates an unapologetically Wesleyan framework for climate justice, and in doing so, gives the churches the resources necessary to bring about lasting change. This book is a gift to Christians everywhere, one that ultimately extends to all of God’s creation. I highly recommend it." 

Jim Winkler | President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches

This book is an act of witness, and a powerful one. 

“This book is an act of witness, and a powerful one. It reminds us that if church is going to mean anything in a time of rapid climate change, it's going to have to take on this toughest of all questions.” 

Bill McKibben | Founder of 350.org, author of The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation

with wonderfully readable wisdom

“To live in love—and in a perilously changing climate: with wonderfully readable wisdom, Sharon Delgado invites us, Christians and all, to follow her on this honestly hopeful and adventurously holy way to our shared future.”     

Dr. Catherine Keller | Drew Theological School. Author of Cloud of the Impossible.

“Sharon Delgado makes it clear that we, especially we who stand in the Wesleyan tradition, cannot choose between being scriptural in the fullest sense and activity to save as much as possible from destruction through climate change. There is no tension between biblical preaching and preaching on the overwhelming, life-determining issues surrounding climate change. Let's stop hemming and hawing and work with God to save God's creation.”   

John B. Cobb | Claremont School of Theology

“Honor the creation. Strive for justice for all our planet's creatures both now and in future generations. Sharon Delgado reminds us vividly and forcefully how today's Christians have a responsibility for tomorrow's Earth.” 

Ted Peters | Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Love in a Time of Climate Change gives a thorough understanding of the moral and spiritual implications of the climate crisis. 

“There is no more important challenge facing creation than the changing climate. Love in a Time of Climate Change gives a thorough understanding of the moral and spiritual implications of the climate crisis. This book emphasizes the injustice of not addressing the climate crisis. With love at the center of the conversation it will motivate readers into taking urgent and serious action that will curtail the most catastrophic affects.”  

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham | President of The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power & Light

Love of God, love of each other, and love of God’s creation are so masterfully intertwined by Sharon Delgado.

“Love of God, love of each other, and love of God’s creation are so masterfully intertwined by Sharon Delgado. Easy answers, a checklist of 5 things we can do to save the planet are not found here. Delgado calls for a transformation of the world, no less! How audacious to speak of love in an age of climate injustice. But isn’t that our job as Christians; to love the world into a new reality? It will be a very difficult job to solve the climate crisis, but Delgado has unlimited hope that, in love, we can do it!” 

The Rev. Pat Watkins | Ministry for the Care of God’s Creation

Love in a Time of Climate Change is the book we need now

“Climate change is already impacting church ministries, from the fight against malaria to disaster relief and recovery. Love in a Time of Climate Change is the book we need now to help us articulate a Christian understanding of the climate crisis and respond with boldness, urgency and hope.” 

The Rev. Jenny Phillips | Fossil Free UMC Founder, Minister for Environmental Stewardship and Advocacy, Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church

It’s an important and eloquent contribution.

“We all know we’re up against a cliff when it comes to climate change, and that we need a transformation in our culture, politics and personal behavior to protect life on earth. John Wesley understood what it meant to be in need of such a holistic and profound transformation, and Sharon Delgado brings a much-needed Wesleyan urgency and wisdom to bear on this issue. It’s an important and eloquent contribution.” 

Fletcher Harper | Executive Director, GreenFaith

Love in a Time of Climate Change is a timely and important book that deserves to be read widely by people of faith

“Sharon Delgado’s Love in a Time of Climate Change is a timely and important book that deserves to be read widely by people of faith… Her call for Christians, wherever we may be, to look more closely at the issues of justice and creation care and to live out our faith in a time of climate change, challenges us all.”  

Nicky Bull | Operation Noah (UK)

An intelligent, biblically and theologically sound rationale

"An intelligent, biblically and theologically sound rationale that argues for the Christian's engagement in the Climate Justice movement. Sharon has elegantly integrated scripture, the writings of John Wesley, and postmodern theology, along with science, politics, and personal experience, in this strong meditation on "righteous love" in a global and community context. I highly recommend that a book group or congregational study group take up the challenge of reading and studying this book together over a month's time and then making an action plan to implement."

Peter Moore-Kochlachs | Executive Director, Environmental Ministries of Southern California