Rebecca Barnes-Davies, a third-year, Master of Divinity degree student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has published a new book to help individuals and communities adopt easy-to-implement practices for protecting the environment as an expression of faith and stewardship.
Billed as one of the publisher’s lead titles for the fall season, 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference (2009, Westminster/John Knox Press) “makes a clear connection, in a practical and unintimidating way, between stewardship of the earth and living one’s faith. The easy-to-follow book consists of seven chapters on topics related to global climate change: Water, Energy, Transportation, Food and Agriculture, People, Other Species, and Wilderness and Land Planning. For added encouragement, a “Walking the Talk” section is included, featuring examples of ways in which a person or faith community has made a difference.”
Westminster/John Knox utilized a paperless production process for this book.
Barnes-Davies is an environmental activist who has advocated the eco-justice message for more than a decade. Through her work as a consultant for Environmental and Social Justice Ministries and her service as director of Presbyterians for Restoring Creation, she has been involved in public policy proposals and changes, opportunities to educate others, and publishing numerous articles.
At Louisville Seminary, Barnes-Davies has taken an active role in care-of-creation events and education on the seminary campus. In 2007, she served on the Mending the Earth Teach-in Committee, a full-day event for students and employees devoted to addressing local and global environmental issues. She has helped to create the annual Earth Day service and was instrumental in renewing the community garden for campus residents and LPTS staff.
Barnes-Davies is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio, and she enrolled at Louisville Seminary in 2007, following several years with the Presbyterian environmental organization. She is the first recipient of the Rev. Arnold O. Schaap Presidential Scholarship at Louisville Seminary, funded by the A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation.
Learn more about Rebecca Barnes-Davies’ book, 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth,
and join her eco-justice ministry at the following:
www.readthespirit.com, interview with religion writer David Crumm (July 1, 2009).
Westminster/John Knox Press, publisher’s page.
Look for her interview, forthcoming on The Thoughtful Christian
Committee on Theological Education Blog by Lee Hinson-Hasty (MDiv '95). Seminarian Authored Book Encourages Eco-Discipleship
Publisher’s Weekly posted a brief review of the book under their Green Theology category.