There is hope yet that we may embrace the call to live differently on this fragile planet.
As temperatures rise, natural disasters wreak devastation, and precious species die off one by one, we know we must change how we live in the world. But how? What would it look like if we took seriously the biblical charge to live more peacefully and gently on our fragile planet, if we understood ourselves as neighbors in a community of creation? Rooted Faith explores the future of the church called to live differently—one of reinhabiting our particular landscapes and confronting the assumptions of consumer culture head-on through our lives and actions.
Drawing on Scripture, Christian history, and practical theology, author Sarah Renee Werner invites readers into a new way of seeing ourselves in relationship with the rest of creation. She offers tangible practices for opening up our hearts to both the beauty and tragedy around us and guides us toward meaningful action to restore creation. There has never been a more crucial moment to reclaim this overlooked aspect of our faith as we seek to live differently—live well—on this fragile planet.
All Creation is Alive
The Land Belongs to God
A Wild and Animate Earth
Lament and the Creation
Reconnecting with the Earth and Our Bodies: Sacred Words
Reconnecting with the Holy: Practicing Sabbath
A New Heaven and a New Earth: Climate Justice and Restoring Creation
Conclusion: Returning to Wonder
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Praise for Rooted Faith
“Sarah Renee Werner’s Rooted Faith is a call for Christians to embrace the reality that Jesus and the tradition that was formed from his radical life and message is fully rooted in a sentient, alive world of interconnected beings. Learning how to be the heart of Christ in a climate-changing world is precisely where the church is needed today and in the challenging days to come. I’m grateful for this book. Selah and amen.” VICTORIA LOORZ, author, wild church pastor, and founder of the Center for Wild Spirituality