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#26: Standing with Body + Spirit

As our souls are dependent on the life-giving spirit of God, so are our bodies dependent on natural processes for living. In this episode, Jonathan Stauffer explores the theology of environmental justice and interviews Bill Schuerer of On Earth Peace about his time with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. Hear how participation in environmental justice is advocacy for the well-being of marginalized communities whose bodies are most likely to bear the brunt of ecological degradation. The episode also features an awesome new recording of an old hymn by Jacob!


Further reading on environmental justice:

  • Bullard, Robert D. The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2005.
  • Brunner, Daniel L., Jennifer L. Butler, and A. J. Swoboda. Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis, 2014.
  • Church of the Brethren stance on Indigenous Rights.
  • Glave, Dianne D. Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage. Chicago, Ill.: Lawrence Hill Books, 2010.
  • Jenkins, Willis J. Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Martin-Schramm, James B., Daniel T. Spencer, and Laura A. Stivers. Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • Moore, Kathleen Dean. The Pine Island Paradox: Making Connections in a Disconnected World. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2004.

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