Books for the Season of Creation

The following books are helpful in preparation and celebration of the Season of Creation.

The Season of Creation: A Preacher's Commentary edited by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire (Fortress Press, 2011) As the global climate crisis worsens, many churches have sought to respond by instituting a movement to observe a liturgical season of creation. Scholars who have pioneered the connections between biblical scholarship, ecological theology, liturgy, and homiletics provide here a comprehensive resource for preaching and leading worship in this new season. Included are theological and practical introductions to observance of the season, biblical texts for twelve Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, and astute commentary to help preachers and worship leaders guide their congregations into deeper connection with our imperiled planet.
Available from Augsburg Fortress.

This volume is a two-part collection of commentaries based on the twelve Sundays of the three-year (four Sundays in each year) cycle of the Season of Creation. Part 1 - Theology, Liturgy, Bible: Engaging the Season. Part 2 - Spirit, Word, Wisdom: Engaging the Sundays and Readings.                                                          

Contributors. Scholars who have pioneered the connections between biblical scholarship, ecology, liturgy, and homiletics provide global resources for preaching: Vicky Balabanski (Australia), Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA (United States), Jione Havea (South Seas), Theodore Hiebert (United States), Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon (India), Susan Miller (New Zealand), Ched Myers (United States), Barbara Rossing (United States), Alice M. Sinnott (New Zealand), and Gerald West (South Africa).

Preaching Creation: The Environment and the Pulpit (Wipf and Stock, 2011) by John Holbert, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Preaching at Perkins School of Theology (SMU). The book examines eight passages of Old and New Testaments to unpack what Scripture says about creation and our need to care for it. A sermon accompanies each passage. The last chapter outlines steps for reading the Bible and a variety of helpful resources for the pracher. Highly recommended.