Apologies for the hiatus and more on Living Lightly

Apologies to followers of this blog for the long pause in posts. A combination of a change in role and finishing up the editing for the Lausanne Movement book on Creation Care for the Gospel has meant I’ve had virtually no time to write. That book is now with the publishers so I have a bit more time for now, so hope to be putting something up about fortnightly for the time being.

Talking of books, our Living Lightly Living Faithfully book (which you can buy or download free from here) continues to attract interest. I had the opportunity back in February to speak at an interfaith event organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint who had been inspired by it in their work with faiths (more on that in a later post) and today in the post we’ve received a copy of a review in Science and Christian Belief by Chris Naylor, Executive Director of A Rocha. It seems to be an environment special with two other similar books reviewed too.

Naylor’s review is positive, but he concludes:

Although the authors show that there are huge resources in the religious texts, traditions and communities… the book is light on practical examples where religious communities are making a significant contribution… In that regard the book reflects a sad reality. In twenty years of ‘Creation Care’ work it has been my experience that it is usually only a minority who integrate their faith in their work, travel, shopping and everyday lives. However, I have also seen the extraordinary difference it can make when communities do live holistically by their faith. As the book demonstrates there is no neutral ground here – how we live matters.

True words, and reflects the struggle we had when putting the book together. We wanted to call for environmental awareness to move from a minority pursuit for specialists to a key part of the work of the various faiths, but there were virtually no examples of this happening. It also links to a question I was asked at the Carbon Conversations meeting: making the point that if the religious groups in Cambridge all combined their efforts to encourage the local councils to “act more green” then something more might get done. However, this seems to be in the realm of theory – I’m not aware of any example of this kind of cooperation anywhere in the UK.

So our book continues to inspire those in the field already, but how to make the breakthrough to those beyond still rather eludes us.


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