I direct a certificate program offered by the Center for Religion and Environment in Contemplation and Care for Creation, which is typically held for five days at the end of May with practicums extending throughout the following year. The program includes formation in the contemplation of nature, an examination of how creation fits into the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith, an exploration of some of their socioeconomic implications, and training in how to discern, plan and implement environmental action projects.
As part of this effort I have co-written a draft program in natural contemplation and spiritual formation called Living in an Icon, Alive in the World. It draws on our experience in the Opening the Book of Nature program. Along with a colleague I am working on a facilitator’s manual to accompany the program. Our goal is to publish Living in an Icon for use by groups or individuals.
In addition I have finished an illustrated draft of a fable, somewhat like The Little Prince, that describes God’s creative activity in the world in terms of the Christian understanding of the Incarnation, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Pentecost, and the subsequent implications that all of this holds for the way we live today. I call it The Mad Lover Meets Creation: A Fable of Spirit and Nature for the 21st Century. The fun part about it is that the entire fable is written in the context of a music metaphor. As soon as I decide whether or not to add a discussion guide for this metaphoric short course in ecotheology, I will seek a publisher for this, too.
Of course, I also am writing a blog for the Huffington Post on the interrelationships between environment, religion, and economics.