There is a direct correlation between how a culture treats women and how it treats Earth. At the close of the COP26 Summit, it’s time to rethink how we treat both – redefining “strength” and embracing vulnerability as we go.
We might start by listening more intently to Indigenous women, many of whom are leading the way in defending the earth.
Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West (Penguin Random House) is the courageous nonfiction story of a young Apache girl and her family as they struggle to protect their way of life and their sacred lands from a multinational mining corporation.
Sallie McFague would move us toward A New Climate for Christology: Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature (Fortress), which finds echoes in Thich Nhat Hahn’s Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet (HarperOne).
Inspired by the extraordinary courage and strength of Indigenous women leading the way in climate care, we look to other strong women, like:
- Tarana Burke‘s Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement (Hardback)
- Grace Ji-Sun Kim‘s Invisible: Theology and the Experience of Asian American Women (Fortress)
- And Athena to Barbie: Bodies, Archetypes, and Women’s Search for Self (Fortress)
Find additional resources for Confronting Misogyny in our lib guide.
All of this might be helped along if we could learn to see God in the vulnerable and fragile – even (and perhaps, especially) Loving What Doesn’t Last: An Adoration of the Body (Morehouse).
And we might get further in our efforts if we could develop some Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Co-Exist with People Who Drive You Nuts (Random House).
If we can rethink the incredible power of humility, white folx might also find great strength in owning the real history of America: Black Hands White House: Slave Labor and the Making of America (Fortress) furthers essential conversations on race and offers steps toward restorative justice.
And, let’s take advantage of the church year bringing us toward a time of introspection and more regular practices by bolstering families’ at-home practices:
- The Ministry Lab is proud to partner with Keren’s Art, Doing Good Together and the MN Conference UCC in providing – free for all denominations! – Advent Leader Toolkits, including a Christmas pageant/liturgy and preparatory study guide, and six weeks of group activities, children’s reading lists, spiritual practices, and justice projects. Watch for the Family Faith Toolkits available weekly through Lent, here.
- Candle Press also created their Advent 2021 Downloadable Resource for families to develop new traditions – now and into the future.
Find additional resources for Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany faith formation in our lib guide.