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"...Green Church is the most direct... no-nonsense argument I have yet seen for the holy obligation to Christian greenness.  This and its companion volume, 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church, should be 'must reads' for every church in North America." - Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence:  How Christianity is Changing and Why

"I can't imagine a church of any size that will not benefit from using this book.  It is lively, easy to read, and wonderfully practical.  Get it, and use it!" - J.  Ellsworth, Kalas, author of Parables from the Back Side

- A 2012 Selection of the United Methodist Women's Reading List

About the Author

Rebekah Simon-Peter, an ordained United Methodist pastor with a degree in Environmental Studies, worked as an acid rain researcher and volunteer naturalist before receiving her call to ministry.  After more than a decade of pastoring churches, she is now a sought-after presenter, sharing the "green" gospel with churches, interfaith groups, and community groups. She lives in Casper, Wyoming, where she is the founder of BridgeWorks, a ministry that builds bridges of understanding. For more information, go to bridgeworkspresents.org.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426702922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426702921
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you know how to do "THE CHURCH LADIES CHA CHA?" You will know how by the time you finish these books. Before she was a Methodist minister Rebecca was an acid rain researcher. In Green Church she uses scripture and the misuse of resources to punctuate the urgency to act and clean Mother Nature. "Fresh air, clean water, uncontaminated soils, and healthy forests are suffering."
The book is loaded with shocking data and rationale for the need to: "reduce, reuse, recycle and rejoice." The "floating garbage patch," on page 70 is enough to get the men in the church doing the Cha cha alongside their gals. Scientists have traced DDT and PCB toxins through the food chain and into breast milk. Hey guys! How about the $20,000.00 that Wesley Methodist raised recycling? Everyone will want to do the Church Cha cha!
My spiritual group will implement projects to do our part, as a result of this calling to awareness. We will begin by asking our community to put recyclable bins in every building in our city. Our daily habits and those of our community will benefit as we pass healthy habits on to our youth. In addition to money saving tips Rebecca offers the church valuable references.
She uses family laughter and anecdotes to add color and character to her calling for humankind to become responsible inhabitants of this planet. The books are loaded with guidance and directions to help turn your church Green. Ministers and church leaders have a book to assist them on their path in the right direction. Everyone in your church and community will embrace Green Church.
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"Green Church" is a fresh look at the Christian's call to love and care for God's creation. It is clearly written in a heartfelt manner from a biologist's and Biblical scholar's vantage point. The author points the reader to a greater understanding of the Biblical basis of our responsibility to look after God's creation individually and within the context of the local church. My eyes were opened to God's view of the current state of the environment in which we live and ways in which, not only the Church as an entity, but each of us as individuals who make up the church can move from helplessness to hopefulness. I appreciated concisely written suggestions to make a difference in the health of the planet we call home and why we, as individuals who are the church, should take a serious look at our own commitment to leave the damage caused by a "throw away" society and begin a commitment toward responsibility of taking clearly outlined steps for living as God's creation, individually and corporately, responsible to God and in harmony with the rest of creation. The book is also refreshingly opens the invitation to work across belief boundaries.
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What a wonderful approach Rebekah took to relate efforts to protect and improve our world and our environment based on being good stewards of God's creation and on Scripture. She started with a reminder that after God created everything, He called it all good. And look where we are today. After reading this book, I was moved to rethink my ideas and efforts about not just recycling, but reducing and reusing everything from clothing to electricity usage to the "weekend" or "Sabbath" impact. I now really ask some basic questions before I purchase anything new, like "how long will it be useful?" and " where will it go when I'm done with it?" Since this is a book not just to make our Church Green but to make our lives more green, it can have a wide impact on organizations and individuals. I started a "Green Church" team at our Church and we used this book as a study for one of our Sunday School classes. We plan to offer it once a quarter and to follow up with another class based on her other bookSeven Simple Steps to Green Your Church 7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church. We had a variety of viewpoints and opinions at the start of the class that ran from "I acknowledge global warming and its urgency...help me know what to do about it!" to "things are ok but could be better and I'd like to help my Church make some improvements." Now we have an active program to reduce energy, increase our recycling efforts, and reduce the amount of "trash" we generate that goes into landfills. We have a lot more to do but have made some exciting steps based on Green Church.
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I come from a science background and recently was elected to be Green Ministries Chair of my church women's group. I decided to purchase this book so I could relate my messages to my ladies with some Biblical background. I found this book very helpful.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice. I highly recommend adding two more "Rs": Read, Reread. This book has so much useful and well thought out info,it took me more than one reading to digest it all. The good news is that it's quite easy to understand and comprehend with many easy to follow suggestions and applications on "greening your Church" as well as your life in general.

Rebekah is not an author who merely suggests--but also gives lots of real life examples from her life and her community. The book does not feel "preachy" but is filled with down-home examples of "how to". She even includes true story confessions of "what not to do."

Best part: This book can be applied to any house of worship OR your own personal existence. I am Jewish and got a lot out of it.
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