If ministry attends to the relationships between God and humans, ecology ministry attends to the relationships among God, humans, and the Earth community. These earth relationships have always been present and important, but the ecological crisis requires that people of faith bring these issues from background to foreground. Now that I have graduated from Andover Newton, I plan to serve in the field of ecology ministry, through writing and teaching.
People today are hungry for spirituality and meaning. Through articles, books, sermons, and workshops, I will address the ecological crisis as an issue of not just science and technology, but of values, meaning, and creativity. This will help people engage authentically and holistically with these issues, and help to guard against toxic fear, guilt, despair, and burnout. In facing the ecological crisis, we humans have an enormous, unprecedented challenge and an enormous, unprecedented opportunity. Helping people face this challenge and opportunity with prayer, courage, and commitment is the job of an ecology minister.
My calling to ecology ministry may eventually lead me to further education or ordination. However, whether I serve primarily in an academic, religious, or community context, I am committed to working for the healing of humans’ relationships with the rest of the Earth community.