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So delighted to see this review of my co-edited book, Planetary Solidarity in the Presbyterian Outlook.

It is reviewed by Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich who serves on the faculty of theology at Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha, Tanzania, and is the founder and director of ecclesio.com.

Planetary Solidarity, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Hilda P. Koster, editors
Fortress Press, 392 pages

Reviewed by Cynthia Holder Rich

“Planetary Solidarity” is a rich collection of provocative essays by an ecumenical group of notable female theologians from around the globe. Those interested in deeply exploring environmental justice and climate change and the particular impact these have on women and what women are doing and saying about it will find a wealth of resources here.

The book is the third in a series of edited works on theology, gender and justice. Grace Ji-Sun Kim collaborated with Jenny Daggers on the first two: “Reimagining with Christian Doctrines” and “Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice.” Many essays in this volume respond to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment (“Laudato Sí”) and ask pointed queries of the encyclical, pushing beyond its parameters to pose new questions, encourage further inquiry and catalyze faithful action. Contributors explore the encyclical’s analysis of gender issues regarding climate change, with many finding it lacking.

Women, especially poor women, are particularly impacted by environmental injustice created through international greed and by human failure. In the midst of the current moral, ethical, theological and environmental crisis, the book aims to aid readers toward “feminist doctrinal reimagining.” Contributors confront operative theological frames, evident in “Laudato Sí” and elsewhere, that are human-centered (and specifically male-centered), calling for metanoic conversion that places all of life and the whole of creation at the center of theological inquiry. The encyclical’s image of creation as a marginalized and violated woman and humans as lord and master is questioned. Authors express disappointment that Francis only partially reimagined the status quo.

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