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Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change

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Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced; it multiplies all forms of global social injustice: hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war. Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a compelling case that it's time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church add ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Charles Cowen
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s difficult to review this book because I’m so conflicted. On the one hand, Antal draws a clear line between theology and science in explaining the catastrophe at hand. He also offers some concrete steps for action. His zeal, while commendable, does not exactly translate to the realities of parish life, particularly in liturgical traditions. While I am called as an Episcopal priest to engage in the work of creation care, I cannot make it my primary work. I cannot make my church a one-issue ch ...more
Robert Irish
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this book is mostly aimed at the American audience, it is relevant to the rest of us too. I think I had a couple of key take-aways:
Don't let the perfect stand in the way of the good. This is important because often so much judgment happens against climate activism from people who want to shame and blame. However, doing something is better than doing nothing.
The commitment to climate and climate justice is a spiritual practice. It requires the discipline and commitment that go into oth
Wanda Ruzanski-Dietrich
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gave-up-on
This book explores what religious communities, of any faith, and especially their leaders, can do to mitigate the coming climate catastrophe. As such, I think it could be helpful.

First the good: There are some real, author-tested, suggestions on changing people's attitudes, habits and actions regarding our stewardship of the earth. The concrete actions range from liturgy changes to being arrested at a climate protest. This is a welcome change from many of this type of book which talk about the p
Keith Madsen
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get through this book, but that is more of an indication of the hecticness of my life right now than a reflection on the book. This book is an insightful reflection on the role of the church in confronting the climate change crisis. If you want to keep burying your head in the sand in relation to climate change, then definitely you should NOT read this book! But for people who take the mission of the church seriously, it's a must-read. The author challenges the church to tr ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review refers to the paperback edition; ISBN 13: 978-1-5381-1069-0. The church congregation i belong to was using this as a Lenten jumping off platform to discuss this oh, so very important, topic. And then the Covid 19 happens. Any relation to the topic at hand is still uncertain. Lack of Data and truthful discussion seem to always be a roadblock. One we can least afford. But, we now have to, as a species, work as a community. Finally, as Jim Antal is fond of telling all; the best individu ...more
Michaela Bartlett
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book goes into the depths of climate change as well as a church's approach to a major issue. It highlights Antal's approach and how he started the activism within the UCC conference. I found the book hard to get into at first because it rely's so heavily on research. However as I continued reading I really enjoyed the difference between science and theology that is found throughout the book. Science and Theology typically clash so seeing it highlighted when tackling a major economical issue ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
read parts, specifically the chapter addressed to ministers
Antal will be speaking in our area. I hope to ask him how he approaches other ministers who are reluctant to include climate change in their sermons.

Also, I'm not surprised that white protestant congregations do not give climate change much attention (based on interactions with neighbors, etc) but can Antal explain why black and latino churches DO talk about it, as he states in the book.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written by an activist UCC minister, the author lays out the case of the place of the faith community in advocating action to meet the climate crisis. I read this in conjunction with a Sunday School class (PCUSA) which resulted in the church forming a Climate Action group.
Jaron Brandt
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I like to say that we all live at the same address." ...more
Dorothy Hann
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it. Learned about religious groups that care about the Earth and are activists. Some will even go to jail for their beliefs.
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