Why should people of faith engage the moral challenge of climate change – and how should we do it?
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Climate Church, Climate World

How People of Faith Must Work for Change

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What's the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced?

According to environmental leader rev. Jim Antal, it's no contest: climate change. 

Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice. In Climate Church, Climate World, Jim presents a compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges.

Jim calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God’s creation. After describing how we have created the dangers our planet now faces, Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope.

By providing discussion questions for each chapter and over 50 sermon suggestions, the book is a powerful and effective tool to spark congregational engagement.

We can expand the Golden Rule to include future generations. We can shift our focus from personal salvation to collective salvation. Because climate change amplifies all forms of injustice—hunger, refugees, racism, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—defense of creation is a campaign for justice.

By reorienting what we prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing, and other spiritual practices, we can honor creation as we cultivate hope and discover new joy.

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Praise for Climate Church, Climate World

“Jim Antal shows how the church can engage the urgent moral crisis of climate change. This book will inspire both the courage and conviction people of faith need to provide the leadership necessary to realize God’s dream of a just world in which humanity is reconciled to all of creation.”
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

“Jim Antal is among the most knowledgeable and passionate advocates of Creation Care and he captures the complete story in Climate Church, Climate World.”
Dr. James Hansen, Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

“This is the book for which we have been waiting concerning the climate crisis! It is clear ... It is bold ... It is institutionally realistic: this is no generic moral appeal, but a bid to the church to take up its primal mission ... a welcome must read.”
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

“If you ever meet Jim Antal, your first thought will be, ‘This man has the energy of a dozen people wrapped up in one body.’ You’ll see his brilliance, his enthusiasm, his focus, and his resilient determination. You’ll also see his faith. You’ll sense all of these qualities in Climate Church, Climate World. You will be drawn from well-written page to page, until you have to put the book down and join the movement to ... quite literally ... save the world. On top of being brilliant, energetic, and inspiring, Jim Antal is, in my opinion, 100% right, and his message is prophetic in the truest sense.”
Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

“Antal argues that climate injustice is a force that amplifies every other social injustice, and that without a whole and restored earth we won’t achieve a whole and restorative society. In urging the church to more deeply consider its obligation in calling society to action, this book will help Christians, both congregationally and individually, act in response to climate change and maintain an outlook of Christ-centered hope while doing so.”
Jim Wallis, president and founder, Sojourners

About the Author

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, activist, and public theologian. He serves as the national spokesperson on climate change for the United Church of Christ. Yale Divinity School recently honored Antal with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice, in recognition of his lifelong advocacy for nuclear disarmament, racial justice, Middle East Peace, and climate change activism.

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