Walking Gently on the Earth
We are not just interconnected—we are interdependent. Our choices affect others across the globe, and we must take that into account as we decide how to eat, shop, and live. Lisa Graham McMinn and her daughter, Megan Anna Neff, begin with this point as they invite readers “to think deeply about living well in a modern and complex world.” They’ve written a “primer” for Christians on environmental issues and ethical decision-making.
Walking Gently Upon the Earth explores agricultural practices, food and consumer choices, global warming, and energy consumption. The authors also take on controversial issues such as family planning and U.S. food subsidies.
This is a good entrée for those new to “creation care,” but it’s also a radical book. It challenges long-standing evangelical beliefs that the material world is a temporary, expendable home, and that Christians ought to focus on saving souls.
The authors remind us of the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, and point out that we cannot care for their needs unless we care for Earth.
McMinn and Neff assume the best of people and are unabashedly optimistic. Their gentle tone is encouraging and persuasive, and they remind us that we have met other global environmental challenges successfully before.
Rev. Wendy Bell wrote this review for What Happy Families Know, the Winter 2011 issue of YES! Magazine. Wendy is a Unitarian Universalist minister in Harvard, Mass.
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