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About animals

For World Animal Day, October 4th

Every Creature a Word of God transspaser

Every Creature a Word of God

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. Annika Spalde and Pelle Strindlund 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.

Gracefully combining balanced scholarship with personal witness, animal activists Annika Spalde and Pelle Strindlund have written a book that will enable Christians of all denominations to rediscover the powerful tradition of creaturely compassion that runs throughout their religious history.
– Reverend Gary Kowalski, author of The Souls of Animals and The Bible According to Noah: Theology as if Animals Mattered

For more information and to see a sample – available as an e-book only

Celebrating Love for All God’s Creation download transspaser

Celebrating Love for All God’s Creation (PDF download)

An all-age communion service for the Feast of Saint Francis (including a blessing of animals)

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: An all-age communion inspired by the story of St Francis of Assisi. For use on 4th October, the Feast of St Francis, or at other times. Includes a blessing of animals.

Francis believed we should pay attention to everything God made, not just people who need help but every single thing around us. He thought that the spirit of life within each creature calls to that same spirit of life in all other creatures. That’s why we feel sorry for animals when they’re young or hurt and need help. And we feel for plants growing, even the ground we walk on and the stars in the sky, because we remember God cares for every precious little detail in the world. In the whole universe, even!

11 pages

For more information and to see a sample

Companions on the Journey download transspaser

Companions on the Journey (PDF download)

A blessing of pets and animals who are a part of our lives

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A service of appreciation and blessing for all the non-human beings who accompany us, in gratitude for their friendship, loyalty and unconditional love. As Thom Shuman says, ‘Pets are visible signs of that invisible grace God fills us with in each and every moment of our lives.’

8 pages

For more information and to see a sample


About the environment

For World Habitat Day, October 7th

Nature, Life and Being download transspaser

Nature, Life and Being (PDF download)

A meditative look at climate change, the sacrednesss of all life and human responsibility

Joy Mead

Digital download: This meditative look at climate change, the sacrednesss of all life and human responsibility inspires us to be attentive, caring and empathetic with all beings:

Be gentle as you walk
on the good earth,
our home and lifegiver.
Touch with kindness
all that has being
and shares with you
this sacred space.

Despite a sometimes seemingly hopeless situation, we do have solutions within our grasp.

4 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For all Creation/Environment downloads

As You Come and Go download transspaser

As You Come and Go (PDF download)

Readings, prayers and poems for World Oceans Day

Tom Gordon

Digital download: A collection of readings, prayers and poems for World Oceans Day or any time.

The ocean (poem)
Saying sorry to the oceans (prayer)
Wonder and awe (reflection)
My voice (poem)
Pathways (reflection)
Barriers (poem)
Storms (poem/reading)
Respect for the sea (reading/story)
O ocean! (reading/poem)

19 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For all Creation/Environment downloads

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The Landscape Below

Soil, soul and agriculture

(Book & e-book)

Bruce C Ball

Soils specialist Bruce Ball presents a radical vision of the future of farming and community life, aimed at all concerned about the environment. 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.

Humanity is trashing the world’s soils by the billion tonne, though all terrestrial life depends on it. Bruce Ball shows that we have the techniques to restore what’s left – but that most of all we need a spiritual shift: to recover our sense of empathy with the biosphere. We need to dig deep – not into the soil but into our own psyche.
Colin Tudge, biologist, author and co-founder of The Campaign for Real Farming

This is a book that should be piled high in every retail outlet concerned with food and agriculture. I also commend it as an outstanding text for study and meditation, especially for church members and those in Ecocongregations in Britain, Ireland and beyond that seek the deeper spiritual meaning of their calling.
Alastair McIntosh – author of Soil and Soul

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Field With a View

Science and faith in a time of climate change

(Book & e-book)

Katharine M Preston

Katharine Preston challenges us to think more deeply about the human condition and our choices in this time of ever-increasing climate disturbance.

Moved by the landscapes surrounding her home, Wild Orchard Farm, and drawing on both her ecological and theological training, she writes for scientists leery of faith, people of faith who know and love the miracles of science, and anybody who shares the vision of the planet as a sacred community.

There will be more books like this. There have to be. But read this one now, and be uplifted by Katharine’s sense of wonder, fed by her scientific and theological literacy, her experiential reasoning, and her realistic and timely passion for the Earth and all its creatures in this, our age of accelerating climate crisis.
David Coleman
Environmental Chaplain with Eco-Congregation Scotland

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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