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We thought we'd list most of our resources – books, e-books and downloads – relating to Harvest/Creationtide as it's that time of the year. The newer downloads that we have told you about recently can be seen in our previous newsletters. The list is a bit long, but here we go …

There's also a download for the International Day of Older Persons on October 1st.

Photo © David Coleman

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Books & e-books


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Cherish the Earth

Reflections on a living planet

(Book)

Mary Low

A fine collection of readings, poems, theology and liturgy to help us on our unfinished journey to ecological awareness. ‘Give me sustainability, but not yet,’ could be our 21st-century version of St Augustine’s famous ‘continence’ prayer. We need to start rethinking our beliefs as if the rest of nature mattered, linking liberation theology with environmental issues, for as the world becomes more uninhabitable, it is the poorest who suffer first and longest.

For more information and to see a sample

 

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The Landscape Below

Soil, soul and agriculture

(Book)

Bruce C Ball

Aimed at all concerned about the environment, this book presents a radical vision of the future of farming and community life, based on hidden insights from the life and spirit of the soil and on the author’s experiences of growing up in the small agricultural community of Clatt in North-East Scotland.

Bruce Ball is a soils specialist with a research and consultancy career spanning 35 years. His regular contact with soil in the field and with farmers has led to a deep understanding of the critical importance of soil to our future survival.

For more information and to see a sample

For e-book version

 

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Go to the Ant

Reflections on biodiversity and the Bible

(Book)

Ghillean Prance

In this book of biblical reflections Ghillean Prance draws richly from his experiences exploring the Amazon and many other regions, together with his knowledge of references to plants and animals in the Bible, to help us wonder at the marvels of nature and so to treat God's creation with reverence and more respect.

Ghillean Prance is Scientific Director and a Trustee of the Eden Project in Cornwall and Visiting Professor at Reading University. He was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1988 to 1999.

For more information and to see a sample

For e-book version

 

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The One Loaf

An everyday celebration

(Book)

Joy Mead

A book which explores the making and the mystery of bread – growing, making, baking, sharing – in story and recipe, poetry and prayer. In bread we see the true connectedness of all life – the uniting of body and soul, spirit and material. It is not just a symbol of life, it is life itself. Without food, life is impossible, so eating becomes sacred. Take and eat means take and live; to share food is to share our life. Jesus, in a simple act, made eating and sharing sacred. This beautiful illustrated book helps us to love the ‘dailiness’ of bread, the holiness of eating and the justice of sharing.

God of small beginnings
and rising hopes,
may we see eternity
in each wheat grain:
ours for today’'s bread
and tomorrow’'s planting;
food of life; gift to the future
and seed of hope.

– Joy Mead

For more information and to see a sample

 

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Return Blessings

Ecofeminist liturgies renewing the Earth

(Book)

Diann L Neu

Return Blessings explores the interrelatedness of ecology and feminism. Using the framework of the four seasons, the author presents sixteen liturgies that represent a strongly feminist perspective. These liturgies are for use by women and men of many traditions and can be used either as they are or as a springboard for creating material for your own faith community. They prompt us to reflect on issues of ecojustice, and invite us to pray and work for the healing of the Earth in order to free all creation from the devastation of racism, colonialism, classism and gender privilege.

For more information and to see a sample

 

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A Heart for Creation

Worship resources and reflections on the environment

(Book)

Chris Polhill

Prayers, worship resources and reflections to help individuals and groups effect a change in mindset in relation to the environment so that we act from a more rooted place.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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Christ of the Celts

The healing of creation

(Book)

J Philip Newell

Internationally acclaimed for his work on Celtic spirituality, John Philip Newell here addresses the question ‘Who is Christ for us today?’ As increasing numbers of people are attracted to the Celtic vision with its focus on the environment and its sense of the sacred existing in all things and creatures, the author explores what it is that makes Celtic spirituality particularly relevant for the modern world.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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The Healer’s Tree

A Bible-based resource on ecology, peace and justice

(Book)

Annie Heppenstall

A book of 28 short readings and reflections in response to the call back to the garden, back to full relationship with God and all creation. Suitable for group or individual use. Each reflection includes a biblical quotation, a passage of prose, a prayer, questions for reflection, often relating to further biblical passages, and a closing thought.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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Blessed Be Our Table

Graces for mealtimes and reflections on food

(Book)

Neil Paynter

A collection of graces, prayers and reflections integrating thankfulness with a burning passion for justice, with the whole wondrous creation, with each other, and with our sisters and brothers throughout the world who, because of greed and injustice, will not receive their daily bread today.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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E-book only


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Every Creature a Word of God
(e-book)

Compassion for animals as Christian spirituality

Annika Spalde & Pelle Strindlund

Care for creation includes examining our attitude to all our fellow-inhabitants of Planet Earth, not only the human ones. The authors have put together an authoritative and highly readable book on Christian attitudes past and present towards the animal inhabitants of our world, as well as describing their own work for justice. But this isn't just a book about protecting animals; it is full of wide-ranging insights and experiences which also make it an inspiration towards living an all-encompassing Christian spirituality with compassion at its heart.

For more information and to see a sample

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Downloads


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Harvest
(PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Liturgical and reflective resources for celebrating the fruits of summer, taken from the book Acorns and Archangels by Ruth Burgess. 11 pages.

For more information

 

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Creation Liturgy
(PDF download)

Iona Community

Digital download: A creation liturgy, from Iona Abbey Worship Book. 9 pages.

For more information

 

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Creation
(PDF download)

Readings, prayers and other liturgical resources

Various contributors

Digital download: Resources aimed at raising awareness of and concern for creation and ecology, taken from various books published by Wild Goose Publications. 36 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

 

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Environment
(PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Prayers and other resources relating to creation and the planet, taken from the book Bare Feet and Buttercups by Ruth Burgess. 8 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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International Day of Older Persons,
October 1st

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Liturgical Resource on Ageing
(PDF download)

Tom Gordon & Jane Rogers

Digital download: Prayers, reflections and other resources relating to ageing, taken from the book Holy Ground, by Neil Paynter & Helen Boothroyd. 20 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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