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God is Green

An Eco-Spirituality of Incarnate Compassion

By Robert E. Shore-Goss

 

 “…traces the roots of human contact with the sacred all the way to our mythological roots from the soil…”1

“…a useful and passionate call for a theological “conversion” with accompanying radical action to help save our planet.”2

“…the journey of reading here is challenging, communal, and playful all the way.”3

“…will give the reader a true understanding of what the human role and relationship is with Earth.”4

“Robert Shore-Goss is not preaching to the choir here but to anyone with a head, concern for the future, and even a bit of soul!” 5

“…a gift to the mind and spirit.”6

“At this time of climate crisis, here is a practical Christian ecospirituality. It emerges from the pastoral and theological experience of Reverend Robert Shore-Goss, who worked with his congregation by making the earth a member of the church, by greening worship, and by helping the church building and operations attain a carbon neutral footprint.

“Shore-Goss explores an ecospirituality grounded in incarnational compassion. Practicing incarnational compassion means following the lived praxis of Jesus and the commission of the risen Christ as Gardener. Jesus becomes the “green face of God.” Restrictive Christian spiritualities that exclude the earth as an original blessing of God must expand. This expansion leads to the realization that the incarnation of Christ has deep roots in the earth and the fleshly or biological tissue of life.

“This book aims to foster ecological conversation in churches and outlines the following practices for congregations: meditating on nature, inviting sermons on green topics, covenanting with the earth, and retrieving the natural elements of the sacraments. These practices help us recover ourselves as fleshly members of the earth and the network of life. If we fall in love with God’s creation, says Shore-Goss, we will fight against climate change.”  (“About,”  Cascade Books, http://wipfandstock.com/god-is-green.html )

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Author:

Bob-Shore-Goss_ThumbRobert E. Shore-Goss has been Senior Pastor and Theologian of MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley (North Hollywood, California) since June 2004. He has made his church a green church with a carbon neutral footprint. The church received a Green Oscar from California Interfaith Power & Light.

Shore-Goss’s website, which includes a publication list, can be found at www.mischievousspiritandtheology.com/.

 

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Reviews/Endorsements:

1) An author known for his Queer Theology expands his horizons to find what spirituality can do to entice people of faith to Green the Earth. God Is Green traces the roots of human contact with the sacred all the way to our mythological roots from the soil, and fashioned by God’s all-purposing hands, we embody the sacred’s commitment to a life connected with all living things. Ignoring this rootedness, this connectedness, is a dangerous game played by industrial cultures. Robert calls us all back to the Earth and our inter-relatedness to all living things as essential to a healthy, whole, and full life.The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

2) “If I had to recommend a single recently-published text as a “must read” for a course on Christianity and ecology, especially climate change, it would be Robert Shore-Goss’s wide-ranging and clearly-written God is Green.  Not only does he include almost all important books from his preferred ‘kenotic theology,’ to rituals for embodiment and practice, but he also delivers a one-volume analysis and critique of the “field.” We all in his debt for a useful and passionate call for a theological “conversion” with accompanying radical action to help save our planet.” Sallie McFague, Professor of Theology Emerita, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

3) “Robert Shore-Goss has written a beautiful meditative overview of greening in Christianity.  Not simply a fact-following-fact landscape, but a weaving of the reader and author as participants in contemporary Christian ecological locations.  Like a Compostela pilgrimage (a reference to Ignatius of Loyola), the journey of reading here is challenging, communal, and playful all the way.”  John Grim, Co-Director, Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

4) ”Rev. Dr. Shore-Goss has pulled together a much needed and beautifully compiled message for Christians on ecological theology.  God is Green will give the reader a true understanding of what the human role and relationship is with Earth. He points out Jesus’ call for protection and love for Creation. This is a direct and honest look at God’s intention for the human purpose supported by many theologians and including Francis of Assisi. He argues that we are the gardeners.” The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project

5) “There is a way of pushing the needed panic button with mere panic, and there is a way of pushing it with wisdom, scholarship, and compassion.  We are blessed to have an excellent example of the latter here!  Robert Shore-Goss is not preaching to the choir here but to anyone with a head, concern for the future, and even a bit of soul!”  Fr Richard Rohr,O.F.M. Center for Action and Contemplation

6) “As I read God Is Green, I felt as if I was on a treasure hunt in a house filled with riches. Gold nuggets were to be found page after page. I kept finding metaphors, quotes, and insights to stick into my bulging bag for later use. For those who are new to green theology and for those long familiar with its debates, this book is a gift to the mind and spirit.”  Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, Minister for Environmental Justice, United Church of Christ

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