resources 

Here are some resources related to  deepening your spirituality in nature you might find useful. Please send us other items you find interesting, and we will put them on our site.

  • And God Saw That it Was Good by Beth Norcross– a four week Christian study guide to Ken Burns’ film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea," plus a one-week interfaith guide: Awakening the Spirit.

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  • By the Waters by Beth Norcross and Earth Ministry-- comprehensive congregational guide to understanding and appreciating water as a life-giving gift from God.

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  • SPLENDOR by GreenFaith -- Spiritual Life, Ethics and Nature, Deepening Our Reverence –interfaith adult education curriculum that introduces participants to the relationship between religion and the earth.

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  • Stewards of the Bay: Sacred Waters by Beth Norcross – a five-week Christian education course, designed to study god’s gift of water, as expressed by the significant role waters plays in Scripture, as well as its ecological importance.

  • Work That Reconnects – Joanna Macy’s long-standing work drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions. The Work That Reconnects (WTR) builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture.
    www.workthatreconnects.org and www.joannamacy.net

     

  • Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching - Walker Leslie, Clare, John Tallmadge, and Tom Wessels. This book provides teachers with curriculum ideas for engaging students in the natural and cultural history of their communities. The book is both theoretical and practical, combining pedagogical background on why field work enhances educational experiences with the nuts and bolts details of how one gets started. (Great Barrington: The Orion Society, 1996)

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MOVIES & VIDEOS

MOVIES & VIDEOS

Interview with Beth Norcross

  on Greening Seminaries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOTifwDCQng

 

• Journey of the Universe

www.journeyoftheuniverse.org

 

• Dirt

http://www.thedirtmovie.org

 

Mother Natures Movie

http://www.mothernaturesmovie.com /the-film/

Interview with Beth Norcross

  on Greening Seminaries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOTifwDCQng

 

• Journey of the Universe

www.journeyoftheuniverse.org

 

• Dirt

http://www.thedirtmovie.org

 

Mother Natures Movie

http://www.mothernaturesmovie.com /the-film/

  • Abram, David. Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More –Than-Human  

    • World. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.

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  • Chase, Steven. Nature as Spiritual PracticeGrand Rapids: Eerdsman Publishing, 2011.

 

  • Chase, Steven. A Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice. Grand Rapids: Eerdsman Publishing,

    • 2011.

 

  • Christie, Douglas. The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology. Oxford: Oxford

    • University Press, 2013.

 

  • Lee, Llewellyn Vaughan (editor). Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth: A Spiritual Response to our

  • Macy, Joanna. Deep Times Journal. Spring, 2016. http://workthatreconnects.org/deeptimes-spring-

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  • Macy, Joanna, and Johnstone, Chris. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going

    • Crazy. Novato: New World Library, 2012.

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  • Norcross, Beth. "His Eye is On the Sparrow." Sojourners Magazine, August 2012.


  • Norcross, Beth. "Contributing Voices," In: Wisdom Commentary, Psalms, Books 2-3, Hopkins,

    • Denise. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2016.


  • Walker Leslie, Clare. The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You. North

    • Adams: Storey Publishing, LLC, 2015.

  • Weldon, Johnson, James. God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse – The Creation. New

    • York: Penguin Books, 2008.

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  • For an extensive list of relevant ecumenical resources, please see The Forum on Religion and Ecology's various bibliographies. fore.yale.edu/publications/bibliographies

SUGGESTED READING

Center Director, Beth Norcross, speaks about spirituality in nature at the Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education

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