Resource Appendix #2

Resource Appendix #2

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Selected Study Resources 

(Please note:  These categories and listings are a sampling, and are not intended to be exhaustive.)

Worship Resources  ¦  Manuals and Books  ¦ Videos and Movies  ¦  Other Study Resources


Worship Resources

Genesis 1:20-25, 26-31a  Proverbs 29:18  Matthew 7:12 
Leviticus 25:23 Isaiah 24:4-5  I Corinthians 12:14 
Psalm 65:5b-13  Isaiah 58:9b-12  Revelation 21:1-4 
Psalm 104:10-19     



  • "Creator God, Creating Still"  (Words:  Jane Parker Huber, 1977, Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal) 
  • "Creative God, You Spread the Earth"  (Words:  Ruth Duck, 1991, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal)
  • "For Beauty of Meadows"  (Words:  Walter H. Farquharson, 1969, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal) 
  • "For the Fruit of all Creation"  (Words:  Fred Pratt Green, 1970, Brethren Press/Mennonite Publishing House - Hymnal:  A Worship Book)
  • "God Created Heaven and Earth"  (Taiwanese hymn:  Translation by Boris and Clare Anderson, 1981, Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal)
  • "God of the Fertile Fields"  (Words:  Georgia Harkness, 1955, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal) 
  • "God Who Touches Earth"  (Words:  Mary S. Edgar, 1925, Brethren Press/Mennonite Publishing House - Hymnal:  A Worship Book) 
  • "Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air"  (Words:  Joachim Neander, 1680 and Translation by Madeleine Forell Marshal, 1993, Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal) 
  • "Mountain Brook with Rushing Waters"  (Words:  William W. Reid, Jr., 1973, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal)
  • "Pray For The Wilderness"  (Words:  Dan Damon, 1989, revised 1994, Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal)
  • "Touch the Earth Lightly"  (Words:  Shirley Erena Murray, 1991, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal; also Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal) 
  • "Wakantanka Taku Nitawa" or "Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works"  (Words:  Dakota Hymn, Joseph R. Renville, 1842; Paraphrase by r. Philip Frazier, 1929; Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal)
  • "We Thank You, God, for Water, Soil, and Air"  (Words: Brian Wren, 1973, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal; also Pilgrim Press, The New Century Hymnal)
  • "When in Awe of god's Creation"  (Words:  Jane Parker Huber, 1991, Disciples of Christ - Chalice Hymnal) 


United Nations Environmental Sabbath:

This publication was assembled with the idea of assisting religious leaders in all denominations to conduct services in conjunction with the first United Nations Environmental Sabbath during June, 1990.  Part I is introductory, containing factual data concerning environmental issues:  global warming and climate change, ozone depletion, global air pollution, freshwater resources and water quality, deforestation and desertification, sound management of biotechnology, hazardous waste and toxic chemical disposal, and the hazards of pollution.  Part II outlines non-sectarian actions, prayers, and songs, along with denominational proclamations and prayers from the following religions:  Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Moslem, Native American, Society of Friends, Baha'i, Sikh, and Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Wendell Berry:

Collected Poems
A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems
The Gift of the Good Land

Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon: 

Earth Prayers From Around the World, 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth.


Manuals and Books

Church World Service  

Prepare To Care:  Guide to Disaster Ministry in Your Congregation
Organizing Manual for Community-Based Long-Term Recovery

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD)

Light Our Way:  A Guide for Spiritual Care in Times of Disaster
Long-term Recovery  Manual:  Models

Lutheran Disaster Response 

Prepared to Care:  A Booklet for Pastors to Use in the Aftermath of a Human-Caused Disaster

Presbyterian Church (USA)   

Keeping and Healing the Creation

Thomas Berry   

The Great Work:  Our Way into the Future (2000) 

Richard Louv   

Last Child in the Woods (2006) Available in popular bookstores. 

Neil Postman   

Technopoly:  The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1993) 



Videos and Movies

"A civil Action" (Touchstone Home Video, 115 minutes)  The story of personal and community cost of a true, real-life technology-caused disaster and the subsequent legal actions.  Stars John Travolta

"Erin Brockovich" (Universal Pictures, 172 minutes)  True story of the lawsuit filed by a small legal firm pitted against one of the largest utilities in California.  Emphasizes the determination of a few concerned persons.  Rated R for language.  Stars Julia Roberts

"Faithful Earthkeeping:  The Church as a Creation Awareness Center" 
(Produced by Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, 3 parts of 21 minutes, 27 minutes, and 31 minutes)

"Too Hot Not To Handle" an HBO documentary on the effects of global warming in the United States.  Available at

"Trade Secrets:  A Moyers Report" (Public Affairs Television, 120 minutes)  Bill Moyers draws on industry documents, interviews with scientists and health officials to explore the effects of chemicals on public health.  Of special note:  Moyers is tested for "body burden", i.e. the chemicals found in his blood, with surprising revelations.

"Dangerous Cargo" An HBO/A&E film in which the transportation of dangerous cargo is examined.  Available at


Other Study Resources

Akzo Salt Mines in New York State: 

Asbestos Mining in Libby Montana:

Love Canal: 

University at buffalo Archives:

Boston University "Lessons From Love Canal": 

September 11, 2001 in New York City:;html/doh/wtc/html/home/home/shtml

Three Mile Island




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Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115