JESSICA HETHERINGTON, Ecotheologian

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  • Review of Emboldened by Christ, edited by April Bumgardner

    Review of Emboldened by Christ, edited by April Bumgardner

    I ‘met’ April Bumgardner, the editor and contributor of this new book, Emboldened by Christ: Women Writers on Discipleship and Spiritual Formation after we were both published in a journal on Christianity, women and environment, and began following each other on Instagram. We have since had a few conversations about faith and nature; I enjoy […]

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  • Finding Joy in Discipleship (and the Kitchen)

    Finding Joy in Discipleship (and the Kitchen)

    If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been more intentional lately about making more plant-based meals for myself and my family. My spouse and I are moving toward a primarily plant-based diet, for both health reasons and, especially, as a response to the ecological crisis and climate change. Industrial agriculture […]

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  • Book Review of EcoActivist Testament by H. Paul Santmire

    Book Review of EcoActivist Testament by H. Paul Santmire

    The Author’s Early Work I first encountered the work of the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire when I began my M.A. in Theology, 20 years ago. By then, Santmire had already been publishing academic books of ecotheology for 40 years, with his first book, Brother Earth: Nature, God, and Ecology in a Time of Crisis […]

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  • Religious Diversity in the Earth Community

    Religious Diversity in the Earth Community

    This past Monday, Hindus in India and around the world celebrated Diwali (or Divali), the “Festival of Lights.” One of the most widely celebrated festivals within Hinduism, it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with more than a billion followers. It […]

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  • As You Sow: A Scripture Reflection on Galatians 6:7-10

    As You Sow: A Scripture Reflection on Galatians 6:7-10

    “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will […]

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  • Whale Song: When Creation Praises God: A Sermon

    Whale Song: When Creation Praises God: A Sermon

    Scripture Text: 1 O sing to the Lord a new song,    for he has done marvellous things.His right hand and his holy arm    have gained him victory.2 The Lord has made known his victory;    he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness    to the house of Israel.All the ends of the earth have seen    the victory […]

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  • Book Review of Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle by Lloyd Alter

    Book Review of Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle by Lloyd Alter

    In the climate emergency, we are being called to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030, and to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We cannot stop the rise in global temperatures anymore; our best efforts now are to try to mitigate the rise. On our current trajectory, we are headed for catastrophe […]

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  • The Climate Crisis, Individual Change, and the Abundant Life

    The Climate Crisis, Individual Change, and the Abundant Life

    In my most recent newsletter to subscribers, I talk about the value in maintaining our current vehicles, most of which are gasoline powered (internal combustion engines) for as long as we can, before buying electric vehicles, because of the significant embodied carbon costs in building new cars, whether they are conventional or electric vehicles. In writing that note, I pointed out that the way of the future is for all vehicles to be electric; we have to move away from fossil fuels completely. This is not my opinion alone; it is the consensus among climate scientists and activists about the way forward in the world.

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