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making peace with the earthMy new edited book, Making Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice (WCC) is now available.

This project started 2 years at the World Council of Churches (WCC) working group on climate change in Germany. It appeared to be an easy enough project until I realize that having contributors around the world was going to be a challenge.

This difficult task of putting together a book with contributors from around the world was overcome by the wonderful help of the WCC editor, Michael West. To him I am greatly indebted. 

Thank you to Michael West, Guillermo Kerber (previous coordinator for Care for Creation and Climate Justice at the World Council of Churches) who wrote an excellent Foreword and to all the contributors who are part of the working group or are friends of WCC.

Thank you for all your action and advocacy on climate justice.

WCC meeting in Germany 2014

WCC meeting in Germany 2014


Making Peace with the Earth: Table of Contents

Foreword: Guillermo Kerber

Preface: Grace Ji-Sun Kim


Part One: Churches Respond to Climate Change

  1. Doing Theology in a New Way: A Swedish Perspective on the Climate-Change Challenge to Churches-Henrik Grape
  1. Health as a Human Right: Medical Professionals and Climate Change-Larisa Skuratovskaya, Nino Zhvania, and L. Cornelius
  1. Advocacy and Action in Scotland: The Work of Churches and Eco-Congregation Scotland-Adrian Shaw
  1. Youth for Climate Justice: A Case Study-Pawel Pustelnik
  1. Environmental Challenges in Finland and in the Lutheran Church-Ilkka Sipiläinen
  1. Advocacy for Eco-Justice in Palestine-Simon I. Awad
  1. One Earth, One Sea, One Sky-Joy Kennedy


Part Two: Eco-Theology and Climate Justice

  1. Religious Responses to Climate Change: Turning Faith into Action-Elias Crisostomo Abramides
  1. Climate Justice and Environmental Protection: A Challenge to Churches in Asia, Africa, and Europe-Jochen Motte
  1. From Climate Justice to the Energiewende: The Debate in Germany and Churches as Change Agents-Richard Brand, Katja Breyer, Klaus Breyer, and Eva-Maria Reinwald
  1. Deforestation, Poverty, and Climate Change: Evaluating Strategies for Sustainable Living-Lucas Andrianos

12. Eco-Theology, Climate Justice, and Theological Education-Raphael Sartorius and Dietrich Werner

  1. Salim, Ever-Recycling Energy: A Korean Postcolonial Eco-Feminist Theology of Life-Jea Sophia Oh
  1. Rice Is Heaven: Revisiting and Transforming Lost Korean Values in the Era of Climate Change-Meehyun Chung
  1. Art for Climate Justice-Lucy D’Souza-Krone


Part Three: Interfaith Initiatives and Care for the Earth

  1. Divest and Reinvest Now! Faith Communities, Fossil-Fuel Divestment, and a Clean-Energy Future-Fletcher Harper
  1. Indigenous Ecological Spirituality and the Land: Tourism and Development in Northeast India-Marina Ngursangzeli Behera
  1. The Dance of Krishna: Environmental Challenges in India and Hindu Resources-Siddhartha

Epilogue: Theological Reflections on Ecumenical Action and Advocacy on Climate Change-Ernst Conradie

Book Description

The greatest untapped natural resource for addressing the world’s most pressing problems comes from the energy of religiously committed people. This book gathers the expertise of activists, theologians, and faith-based organizations to inspire and encourage churches everywhere in grassroots work and advocacy for climate justice. No issue so violates the core of Christian convictions as the jeopardizing of human life and creation through climate change. Writing from the concrete experiences and efforts of churches in Greece, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Germany, tropical Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands, the book’s contributors also address related issues of health, human rights, land and deforestation, food security, migration, divestment, as well as creation spirituality and theology. The book points out that making peace with the earth will not be easy, but now is the time for religious leaders, church people, and organizations to make the climate their priority. [Subject: Religious Studies, Christianity, Environmental Studies]


WCC meeting in NYC 2015


WCC at COP20 in Peru


BN7A3104-MGrace Ji-Sun Kim is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is the author of  Embracing the OtherMaking Peace with the Earth;Here I Am;Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justiceco-edited with Jenny Daggers;Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”co-written with Joseph Cheah;Reimagining with Christian Doctrinesco-edited with Jenny Daggers;Contemplations from the Heart;Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit;The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other; and The Grace of Sophia. She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.