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A variety of other devotional materials

NEW  Holy Now is a song by Minnesota singer-songwriter. This version on YouTube has beautiful images to help inspire your connections to creation and God's work as so much broader than a moment in a church building.

EcoSpirituality Resources is a blog that features devotional materials for seasons like Advent and Lent, as well as morning and evening prayer settings, and guided devotions for Pope Francis' creation encyclical.

Praying Nature seeks to be a resource for people & communities whose lives are inspired by St. Francis' brotherly love for God's creation. The page of Eco-Prayers has prayers for meals, water, caring for animals, and much more.

Ten Exercises to deepen your relationship with God's creation As you spend time outdoors be intentional about drawing closer to God.

Liturgy for Earthkeeping from Luther College Ministries and Dakota Road Music Commissioned in honor of Luther's sesquicentennial. The Liturgy for Earthkeeping is a resource for congregations and ministries that worship in outdoor settings to help strengthen connections between sustainability, liturgy, spiritual formation and joyful stewardship.

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

Available through the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Mary Minette, the program director for Environmental Policy and Education, writes occasional Living Earth Reflections that teach, inspire, and advocate.

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.

Here is an effort at Ecological Christianity through Luther's Small Catechism. Developed by Nick Utphall, each piece of the Catechism is followed by a learning question, then by a suggested participatory action.  You may use this personally, or print one section each week in your bulletin, or adapt it for confirmation classes.  This is one way of returning to the basics and trying to see the entirety of our faith as permeated with creation care.

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