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.

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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).

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Inspired by the extraordinary courage and strength of Indigenous women leading the way in climate care, we look to other strong women, like:

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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:

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