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.
The material on the site was originally for my own sisters, but other religious and parishioners became interested. What people appreciated was help understanding the worldview evolving from new science and new theology so they could 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Blog is no longer updated, but past blogs are available for reading and rituals.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.