Resources for Individuals and Congregations

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Books and Periodicals to Enlighten and Challenge

Books

Berry, Wendell. Bringing It to the Table. Counterpoint.

Berry, Wendell. The Way of Ignorance. Counterpoint.

Berry, Wendell. What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth. Counterpoint.

Bingham, Sally, ed. Love God Heal Earth. St. Lynn’s Press.

Brown, Lester. Plan B 4.0. Norton.

Brown, Lester. World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. Norton.

Farrell, Chris. The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better. Bloomsbury Press.

Garvey, James. The Ethics of Climate Change: Right and Wrong in a Warming World. Continuum.

Gibson, James. A Re-Enchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship With Nature. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company.

Hamilton-Poore, Sam. Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation. The Upper Room Books.

Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Viking.

Heinberg, Richard. The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality. New Society Publishers.

Hopkins, Rob. The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience. Chelsea Green.

Hosenfed, Charlene. Eco-Faith: Creating and Sustaining Green Congregations. Pilgrim Press.

Korten, David. Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Korten, David. The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

McFague, Sallie. A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming. Fortress Press.

McKibben, Bill. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Times Books.

McKibben, Bill. Eaarth. Times Books.

Naess, Arne. The Ecology of Wisdom. Counterpoint.

Roszak, Theodore, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner, eds. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Sierra Club Books.

Schut, Michael, ed. Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective. The Morehouse Group: Living the Good News.

Senge, Peter. The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. Doubleday.

Sorenson, Eric, and Sightline Institute. Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet: Everyday Things to Help Solve Global Warming. Sierra Club Books.

Speth, James Gustav. The Bridge at the Edge of the World. Yale University Press.

Tasch, Woody. Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. Chelsea Green.

Wann, David. Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. St. Martin’s Griffin.

Periodicals

MotherEarth News

National Geographic

Orion Magazine

Permaculture – Inspiration for Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living Magazine

Utne Reader

YES! Magazine

Worship Resources

Liturgy

A Litany of Environmental Confession

Biblical Texts and Hymns

Making Peace with the Earth: A Green Ritual of Passing the Peace - Rev. Betsy Taylor Flory

This Is How the Earth Praises God: Service of the Word - Rev. Betsy Taylor Flory

Invited to the Feast of Creation: A “Green” Communion Service for Ordinary Time - Rev. Betsy Taylor Flory

Prayers

Environmental Prayer

A Prayer: Creative and Renewing God - Rev. Wade Schemmel

In Each Seed Your Promise: "Green" Prayers from the Northern Plains Rev. Wade Schemmel

From the Quarry of God’s Justice: A "Green" Prayer from the City Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas

Sermons 

A Sermon: Coming Down from the Peak Dr. Philip Cook

A Sermon: From a Distance Dr. Philip Cook

Vacation Bible School Curriculum

Hastings, Steve. Hildegard's Farm.

Other resources:

Web of Creation

Season of Creation

 DVDs, Media & Art

Our grateful thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Congregations for their contributions to the list below.

Arctic Tale (2007) A great film following Nanu, a polar bear, and Seela, a walrus, as they group up in the ever-shrinking Arctic and have to learn how to adapt and survive in these new conditions.

Babette's Feast (1987) Two women live a life of self-denial and sacrifice passion and love because of their own faith and duty to serve. However, one day a French woman comes to them as a refugee from the French civil war and they begin to learn to enjoy life's little pleasures.

Blue Vinyl (2002) This documentary, directed by Judith Helfand, is unexpectedly funny while not missing the seriousness that surrounds the many issues involving PVC products. Helfand researches various topics surrounding this material such as the safety concerns, health issues, and sustainability of this product.

Building Green (2007) This television series takes the viewer through the extent of a custom home being built almost exclusively with green materials. By the end of the season, the home is complete and you are able to see the finished product and how sophisticated green building can be.

Chasing Ice (2012) Shows the shocking rate at which glaciers are receding in multiple locations around the world because of global warming.

The Constant Gardener (2005) Explores in depth the dilemma a woman (and later, her husband) face when it is discovered that a pharmaceutical company is not conducting itself in an ethical way. This film has a powerful point of view that illustrates the potential harm large companies pose to human beings if they do not conduct themselves in an ethical manner.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006) This film looks at the ongoing debate over whether globally our world has reached its peak in regard to harvesting oil. It argues that, from here, oil prices will not only continue to go up but also, without preparing for oil disappearing as a resource, the global economy will suffer enormously.

Crude Impact (2006) A documentary that explores the interconnectedness between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. This documentary film exposes our global, deep-rooted dependency on fossil fuel energy and examines the future implications of peak oil. Modern experts predict how quickly peak oil will become a reality and discuss the implications on our way of life and our world. Impacts discussed range from the environmental to the cultural, examining how global oil dependency is impacting everything from human rights, world population, renewable energy technologies, political agendas, globalization, wildlife habitats, and the global economy.

The Day after Tomorrow (2004)In this action film, a climatologist proposes what might happen if global warming were to trigger a new ice age. The president and other world leaders fail to heed his warning and a new ice age descends on the characters much sooner than they ever expected. Watch as the world responds to the effects of global warming.

Flow: How Did a Handful of Corporations Steal Our Water? (2008) This film tackles a number of topics surrounding issues concerning one of earth's most precious natural resources: water. Some topics that are covered are the privatization of water, the impact of building dams and displacing residents, and the contamination of water.

Food, Inc (2008) This film exposes the hidden truth to the American consumer about our food: what we eat, how it's produced, and how we have allowed this to happen. It features interviews with experts such as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward-thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, and it addresses various environmental justice issues. At the end of the film, the viewer is given things to do to help change the food industry. The DVD includes extras including public service announcements, an ABD New Nightline spot light, kids' shorts, and resources.

Gimme Green (2006) This documentary describes the $40 billion industry of residential lawns. It describes the chemical and pesticide use and the many unsustainable methods of maintaining lawns, such as water usage and farms on which lawns are harvested.

Great Decisions (2009) Walter Cronkite, in a Face the Nation - style episode, explores these critical global issues along with other experts.

Episode 1: "Running Out: The Global Food Crisis"

Episode 2: "Off the Grid: Energy and the U.S. Economy"

Episode 3: "Race for the Arctic"

National Geographic's Human Footprint (2008) This film follows two individuals from birth until death and illustrates what their human footprint might look like. Things looked at vary from the number of diapers used in the first few years of life to the amount of milk a human consumes in his/her lifetime and the materials it takes to build just one house.

An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning (2006) This film presents basic information about global warming. Al Gore is armed with significant scientific data and powerful world images of the effects of global warming, which help to prove the urgency of the matter.

Killer at Large (2009) This film explores the obesity epidemic but also, unlike other films on this topic, discusses interrelated issues such as stress in connection with foods we eat as well as access to nutritious foods for individuals that are low income.

Kilowatt Ours (2008) A documentary by Jeff Barrie that introduces the critical issues of climate change and health and then, in the second half, demonstrates what each person and each community can do about lowering their energy footprint. Great for beginners and conversation starters.

King Corn: You are What you Eat (2006) Film about two college buddies who decide to grow on acre of corn. Along the way you find out more about real farmers, powerful fertilizers, government aid, and genetically modified seeds.

Media that Matters: Good Food (2006) A collection of short films on food and sustainability.

Food Justice: A Growing Movement A short documentary about farmers and activists in the fight for food justice in West Oakland, CA

Inch by Inch: Providence Youth Gardens for Education A short documentary about Providence, RI, students learning about gardening and doing it.

Young Agrarians A short documentary about young people and organic farming in California.

One More Dead Fish A short documentary about hand-line fishermen fighting to keep working.

The Meatrix An animated short about factory farming, this would be great for kids and youth.

The Naturalist (2001) This is a simple yet poignant short film that follows naturalist Kent Bonar through his experiences in the wilderness.

Poisoned Waters (2009) Frontline examines two major waterways—the Chesapeake Bay and the Puget Sound—and the different factors that are going into the pollution of these waterways.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007) This film follows the life of Farmer John, who illustrates the struggles of farm life. From losing almost all of his land because of a loan shark to violence and hate coming from other farmers, John comes back into farming after a long absence. He begins farming organically and soon joins a Community Supported Agriculture group. It is with the support of the CSA that Farmer John's farm thrives.

Renewal: Stories for America's Religious-Environmental Movement (2007) Eight short documentaries about the ways in which various faith communities are addressing environmental stewardship. This is an excellent collection of films that is very well-suited for a series of showings and general discussions.

Ripe for Change (2005) A documentary about food in California. Farmers, chefs, authors, activists, scientists, and children involved in The Edible School Yard project are featured in a power film about food.

Rivers and Tides: Working with Time (2004) Artist Andy Goldsworthy explores nature and creates art from nature that is visually stunning. This film explores his different projects, what inspires him to create the art, and captures the beauty of nature and art together as one.

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War (2008) This film explores the ways in which we destroy the earth when we wage war. In all its stages--from the production of weapons through combat to clean up--war entails actions that pollute land, air and water; destroy biodiversity; and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage caused by war (and preparations for war) is underreported, even ignored. This film is an interesting exploration of environmental damage that people rarely think about.

Sierra Club Chronicles (2006) A series of short films dedicated to profiling environmental incidents and their impact. There is a focus in each film on environmental advocacy.

Silence of the Bees (2007) Winner of the Peabody Award, this documentary explores the phenomenon that is puzzling scientists and researchers all over the world: why are all the honeybees disappearing? This film silences some of the myths surrounding the honeybee crisis, but in the end all experts studying this phenomenon cannot pinpoint the problem. According to the film, if this puzzle is not solved soon, by 2035 honeybees will cease to exist.

Sisters on the Planet (2008) This film shows the stories of four women's lives from across the world, how they are affected by climate change, and what they are doing to combat it.

60 Minutes: A Different Kind of Grocery Store (2006) A Dan Rather interview with John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, about his grocery store chain.

The Story of Stuff (2007) This short (20 minutes) animated film narrated by Annie Leonard takes you through the cycle of stuff: extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal. It points out the connections between environmental and social issues this process creates. In the end, Annie shows us another way of living and how we can change the way we look at stuff. Good for people of all ages.

Syriana (2005) This film illustrates the connections between terrorism, oil, and power in the U.S. and foreign countries.

'Til the River Runs Clear (2007) This film tells the story of Clearwater, a boat that was built to advocate for the cleaning up of the Hudson River. Folk singer Pete Seeger, who came up with the idea over thirty years ago, connects his music to environmental activism.

Too Hot Not to Handle (2006) This HBO documentary explains the impact of global warming (particularly in the United States) and offers some measures that can be taken to reverse this trend.

We Feed the World (2009) This film discusses the industrialization of the food industry, with a particular focus on the countries in the EU. Everything from changes in the fishing industry and the farming industry are explored.

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CONTACT INFO

Ms. Meighan Pritchard
Minister for Environmental Justice
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3722
pritchardm@ucc.org