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Claiming Earth as Common Ground : The Ecological Crisis Through the Lens of Faith



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Our planet is in trouble, and it will take an amazingly large and powerful force to shift into a more sustainable way of living. Spiritual leader and environmental activist Andrea Cohen-Kiener tells us that people of faith have the numbers, the passion, and the mandate to do it-and that nothing else is strong enough to counter-balance "business as usual."

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Making of an Environmental Activist: Waking Up to the Problemp. 7
The Terrible Contradictionp. 7
Too Good to Be True!p. 7
The Spiritual Challenge of a Mountain of Garbagep. 13
Agents for Transformationp. 15
The Ultimate Common Groundp. 18
The Makings of a Movement: The Interfaith Imperative and Its Obstaclesp. 21
The Mountain of Godp. 21
Obstacles on the Pathp. 22
God of the Pews or God of the Cosmos?p. 25
Leaving Base Campp. 28
The One about the Rabbi and the Evangelicalp. 36
Getting above the Tree Linep. 40
The New Wealth: Spirit Mattersp. 43
What Is Enough?p. 43
Old Models for New Wealthp. 44
A Living Visionp. 47
Tools We Bring to the Tablep. 50
Transforming Business as Usualp. 53
Imagine the Alternativesp. 56
Working Beyond Class and Race: Yes, We Do Need to Do This Togetherp. 59
We Need to Talkp. 59
Getting Beyond "Over There"p. 60
Finding Common Causep. 63
Working Togetherp. 65
The Great Light Bulb Swap Of '06p. 66
Getting to the Tablep. 73
How Big Is Your God? Theology Meets Earth-Care Activismp. 77
Digging Deeperp. 77
The Big Contextp. 79
The New Eden: Reclaiming the Gardenp. 93
Seeds of Possibilityp. 93
Wheat Sheaves And Matza Talesp. 97
Communion Agriculturep. 101
The New Sabbath: Less Is Morep. 115
Unnamed Hungersp. 115
Green Sabbathp. 119
Creating New Sabbath Ritualsp. 125
Eco-Conversion: A New Paradigm for a New Earthp. 129
Seeing with Green Eyesp. 129
Conversion To Eco-Justicep. 130
The Power of Witnessingp. 137
Going Forwardp. 141
Many Small Stepsp. 146
Creating a Sustainable Civilization: Joanna Macy's Theoretical Foundationsp. 150
Thoughts for Discussion and Action: Format for an Eight-week Study Sessionp. 153
Interfaith Ecological Resourcesp. 162
Acknowledgmentsp. 169
About the Contributorsp. 171
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