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Care for Creation
A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth
Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., and Pamela Wood
978-0-86716-838-9
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If we are blowing our Franciscan horn here, it should have been blown much earlier and much louder! This is the wisdom that our world so desires and needs today. We can no longer see ourselves as separate from the 'great chain of being,' and we can no longer see this as a non-religious issue. Francis intuited all of this 800 years ago. —Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Three of the greatest minds in Franciscan theology, Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Franciscan Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., and Pamela Wood, come together to discuss one of the greatest crises of our time—the destruction of the Earth. This book takes both a theological and practical approach to developing a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Four sections highlight the distinct relationships creation has with the world: incarnation, community, contemplation and conversion. In this meticulously researched book, the authors propose ways in which we can all understand our own roles in relationship to the Earth and ways in which we can make it better.

Each section offers reflective action opportunities designed to bring the book's ecological and theological insights into the reader's daily life and nurture a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Prayers, meditations, spiritual practices and group activities are offered which provide a practical hands-on approach to reconnecting with the earth and acting in right relationship.

"Earth, with all its creatures, is in crisis. And responding to this crisis will require every possible resource of our human community. One of the most precious of these resources is the Franciscan tradition. It is a joy to welcome this book as a wise, thoughtful, inspiring and practical contribution to ecological theology, grounded in ancient Christian tradition that sees Earth as our sister and mother. Care for Creation is part of a wider retrieval of Franciscan theology for our new time, but is unique in this blend of three interrelated disciplines, scientifically informed ecology, theology and the practice of reflective action." —From the Foreword by Denis Edwards
ILIA DELIO, O.S.F., Ilia Delio, O.S.F., is a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University where she concentrates in the area of science and religion. Prior to Woodstock she was professor and chair of spirituality studies at Washington Theological Union where she taught in the areas of general spirituality, Franciscan theology, and science and religion. She holds a doctorate in pharmacology from New Jersey Medical School-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. She is the author of eleven books, including The Humility of God, Christ in Evolution and Care for Creation, which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009. Her latest books include The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe (Orbis Books) and Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis (St. Anthony Messenger Press).

Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., is director of education for the Center for Science, Technology and Society and teaches religious studies at Santa Clara University. His research investigates the development of environmental ethics in religious and scientific institutions. He is an active participant in the retrieval of the Franciscan intellectual tradition. He wrote Agroeocology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture Through Social Networks (MIT Press).

PAMELA WOOD is an art therapist, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator in Portland, Oregon. She has facilitated experiential workshops and retreats nationally with teens and adults that explore the intersections of ecological and social justice, creativity, and engaged spirituality. Her deepest calling is to create experiences which expand one's sense of connection to all of creation, deepen the motivation to act on behalf of our world, and create a positive and hopeful vision for a sustainable future.
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