Devotional Resources

Clergy and Lay leaders can find much to meditate on in the sources cited below. Know that these also make excellent resources for worship and for devotions at meetings and retreats.

Devotional materials:

Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God's Creationby Sam Hamilton-Poore (who teaches spiritual life at San Francisco Theological Seminary (Upper Room Books, 2008). The book offers prayers for morning, midday, and evening for every day for four weeks, supplemented with meditations, biblical texts, and prayerful reflection.

Green Bible Devotion, (HarperSanFrancisco, 2009) is a daily devotional that is a companion to the Green Bible (an NRSV version of the Bible with passages related to creation highlighted in “green”).

Earth Prayers from Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth edited by Elizabeth Roberts (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991).

Earth and All Stars: Reconnecting with nature through Hymns, Stories, Poems, and Prayers from the World’s Great Religions and Cultures, edited by Anne Rowthorn (Wipf and Stock, 2009)

ThirtyDays of Creation, a devotional booklet available for free download in the section on “manuals” in the Green Congregation Program section of the Web of Ceation website (

Luther College Ministries and Dakota Road Music Offer Liturgy for Earthkeeping A core mission of Lutheran higher education is the integration of faith and learning in service of the common good. In that spirit a liturgy for the broader church was commissioned in honor of Luther's sesquicentennial. It is a collaborative project between Dakota Road Music and Luther College Ministries. The Liturgy for Earthkeeping is being offered as a resource for congregations and ministries that worship in outdoor settings to help strengthen connections between sustainability, liturgy, spiritual formation and joyful stewardship.

Reflections/ Meditations:

Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation, edited by Lindsay Moseley (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2008).

Love God, Heal Earth edited by Sally Bingham (Pittsburgh: St. Lynn’s Press, 2009)

Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet (Edited by David Rhoads (Continuum Press, 2007). Ecumenical collection of sermons by many well-known theologians, biblical scholars, and environmentalists.

Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind; Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner. This is a collection of 26 essays by psychologists, poets, ecologists, and others concerned with redefining sanity on a personal and planetary scale. Sections include theoretical perspectives, eco-psychology in practice, and cultural diversity/political engagement. While not a specifically Christian book, this is an excellent resource for pastoral caregivers and others concerned with spiritual healing for connecting our wounded psyches with the wounded Earth.

Please consider also the poetry of Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, and the nature reflections of Annie Dillard.