Welcome to Ecospirituality Resources! Here you can find material that 

• integrates concern for creation within the context of universal unity and interbeing,

• integrates new scientific discoveries with beliefs and lifestyles, and

• deepens understanding of threats to Earth’s life systems and our call to respond.

dekoulou_zodiac_31Readers appreciate help understanding the worldview evolving from new science and new theology so they can better integrate their lives within it.

My efforts are expressed and validated by John F. Haught (The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe): The intellectual credibility — even the survival — of all religious traditions depends now on how convincingly they adapt their beliefs and aspirations to a scientifically understood universe whose spacial extension, temporal scale, and creative unfolding were unknown to religion’s founders and main teachers.

The SHCJ charism and mission is helping others believe that the divine lives and acts in humans and every other member of our global community.  This happens within the  “spacial extension, temporal scale, and creative unfolding [of our evolving universe, facts unknown] to religion’s founders and main teachers.”

Thus these resources are grounded in the hope of integrating our daily lives within  the Universe Story, the Great Work, evolving consciousness, the divine life within all creation, current threats to creation, and Christian (or other) faith responses

These resources can be used by individuals and groups. They are

• free     • downloadable     • adaptable     • ecofriendly

• ecumenical (though primarily Christian)

• global (though primarily U.S. references)

• written or coordinated by Terri MacKenzie, SHCJ

• carefully edited for theological and scientific accuracy

• enriched by participants’ experiences and creativity


About gives background information.

Advent consists of reflection material for individuals and groups based on excerpts from the appropriate Sunday Scriptures (on a three-year cycle). Advent’s four sessions focus in turn on Peace, Light, and Spirituality.

Lent consists of reflection material for individuals and groups based on excerpts from the appropriate Sunday Scriptures (on a three-year cycle). Lent’s five sessions focus in turn on Soil, Water, and Air.

Blog is no longer updated, but past blogs are available for reading and rituals. For example, the prayer/ritual for World Environment Day is posted before June 5th. Post-Easter Reflections connects Easter, Incarnation, and insights from quantum physics. Galileo’s quote is a helpful supplemental reading for the Spirituality of Soil reflections, but is pertinent any time. Stardust Wednesday and solstice rituals are useful any year.

Media can be used any time. Time for an Energy Change, the 12:27 min. video that explains and connects global warming and fracking, is part of the SHCJ’s justice project for the celebration of its 150 years in the United States.  The other videos on this page were also written by Terri, and were made into videos by Michael Hanson, Len Sroka, and Terri.

Suggested Books, Videos, and Sites includes books, booklets, videos judged worth recommending by a variety of people and coordinated by Terri. Contributors tell their stories connected with what each recommends.




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  1. In appreciation of your valuable website. Thank you for including my book Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood in your list of recommended books. Please note that I am not deceased even though the review says that I am. Mary Coelho

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  2. Keep up the good work, Terri. I am happy that NCR has picked up on your work. We need more of this type of education down here.
    Mary Alice, Dominican Republic


  3. My brother recommended I might like this website. He was entirely
    right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!


  4. I like the connection you draw between the natural world and the sacredness of the spiritual. I’ve always felt most realigned with being after spending some time in nature. Plus it seems to me a responsibility to the environment makes for a more conscious and humane human being. Nice Work!


  5. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually something which
    I feel I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely broad for
    me. I am taking a look ahead for your next submit, I will try to get the
    grasp of it!


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    It is pretty price enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net will be a lot more helpful than ever before.


  7. Hey, I am rather sure that I have known Terri for longer than anybody who has replied here…… how lucky I am!
    So many good things are to be learned here. We go back to early years in grammar school.
    We all thank her for her work in this area.


  8. Many thanks, Terri. I would love to be able to put out a big banner in our parish saying ” Just use this web-site and grow in amazement at the wonder of creation-incarnation.”


  9. In light of Pope Francis’ new Encyclical, Ladudato Si, I thank you Sr. Terri for the excellent resources that you provide on this wonderful site. May God be with you as you continue your “preaching ministry” of spreading the Good News! We are blessed by your gifts.
    Blessings of peace, joy and love,
    Miichelle Sherliza, OP – Dominican Sisters of Peace – Watertown, MA


    • Thanks for your beautiful tribute, Michelle. I hope everyone will also get to know your wonderful videos. I am so grateful to be using your splendid “Canticle of the Sun” in my Laudato Si’ resource!


    • Yes, we need to share ideas and implement them! For those who might not know: St Addal, a disciple of Christ, was sent by St. Thomas to the court of King Abgar the Black, who was a second century Osroene ruler. Many legendary accounts claim that Abgar wrote to Jesus asking if he could cure him of an intolerable and incurable illness he wasw suffering. Addal cured Abgar and converted the king and his people to believe in Christ.


  10. Terri….Despite the fact that you are so far physically away from me……I feel your presence in an ecospiritual sense……I just wish I developed this sense to a much greater degree……..please tell my Guardian Angel to get me to deepen my awareness of how you see these wonderful things.



    • Truly, Tony, I wish I “developed this sense to a much greater degree,” too! We start from where we are, which is where we’re supposed to be, and keep evolving. I have so, so much to learn and to integrate into my life! Let us join in being grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to learn in the past many decades! I just happen to have had some exceptional ones. Some time tell me about your Guardian Angel!


    • Many thanks for your affirmation! Yes, more traffic would be lovely, but I’m not sure how long I’ll keep the site active and feel it’s dishonest to advertise under those circumstances. I am very heartened that my Laudato Si’ resource has had over 10,000 hits, and feedback on the site itself has been consistently positive. Frankly, I haven’t the energy to think about getting more traffic! Thanks, though.


  11. Brilliant that you have the reflections in English and Spanish! I serve in Latin America so this is a very valuable resource for me. Thank you! Gracias!


    • Oh, Danielle, I wish more of them were in English! Your comment motivates me to try harder to get translators. (I greatly regret not doing that for the Laudato Si’ resource!) Many thanks!


  12. Hi Terri,
    Thank you for your comments on my blog. I came to you via an article in the Universal Pantheist Society’s Pantheist Vision which was from you. It was wonderful & inspiring.
    Thank you Terri.


  13. I am wondering how to purchase sheet music for “Born of a Star”. My choir at Westwood Unitarian in Edmonton would love to perform it at an earth centred solstice celebration on December 21.


    • Rebecca, I am so glad you will be having a solstice ceremony! Googling the song’s title is no help, but I went to Carolyn McDade and found the following, which I copy/pasted and hope this is accurate:

      We Are the Land We Sing insert small – Carolyn McDade Home
      CAROLYN McDADE Singers of the … Carolyn McDade ©1989 Norma Luccock Born of a Star Return Return to the darkness, return … We Are the Land We Sing insert small

      Carolyn McDade — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats …
      Watch videos & listen free to Carolyn McDade: Born Of A Star, My Heart Is Moved & more. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest …


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