I came across a wonderful collection of articles some time ago collected and published by Cross Currents, a publication and global network sponsored by The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. You can view these articles online here . They include:
Trees, Forestry, and the Responsiveness of CreationBrian J. Walsh, Marianne B. Karsh, and Nik Ansell
The Greening of Buddhist PracticeKenneth Kraft
The Gaia Hypothesis: Implications For a Christian Political Theology of the EnvironmentStephen B. Scharper
Islam and EcologyMarjorie Hope and James Young
Ethics and Trauma: Levinas, Feminism, and Deep EcologyRoger S. Gottlieb
Christianity and The Survival of CreationWendell Berry
Eucharistic Ecology and Ecological SpiritualityBeatrice Bruteau
Mountains Made Alive: Native American Relationships With Sacred LandEmily Cousins
On The Wings of a Blue HeronPaul O. Ingram
Re-conceiving God and Humanity in Light ofToday's Ecological Consciousness: A Brief StatementGordon D. Kaufman
Global Requiem: The Apocalyptic Moment in Religion, Science, and ArtJack Miles
The Ecotheology of Annie Dillard: A Study in AmbivalencePamela A. Smith
Green Lap, Brown Embrace, Blue Body: The Ecospirituality of Alice WalkerPamela A. Smith
The Green Face of God: Christianity in an Age of EcocideMark I. Wallace
And the Earth Is Filled with the Breath of LifeArthur Waskow
Most of the above articles are written in sophisticated language and are not simple reading however, their messages are worth the time and energy expended in absorbing them.
These messages include but are not limited to:
1. The need for us to recognize and address what Thomas Berry has defined as our "cultural autism" and to develop an ability to 'hear' the voices of creation once again.
2. The significance of the Gaia hypothesis and it's implications for our culture.
3. The earth's crisis is fundamentally a spiritual crisis
4. Many of us are traumatized by the growing threats to our world
5. The view of our earth as a eucharistic planet (the true presence of the divine) has existed in almost every culture in the world in one form or another and reclaiming this view is essential for the protection of our world.
6. Learning about Native American religious traditions can help non-Natives as they offer a model for developing a spiritual relationship with the land.
7. If we look at hell as a metaphor then, "hell is land that has no spirits to claim it." (Mamie Salt)
8. Religious life and the earth's ecology are inextricably connected.
9. The importance of a biohistorical perpective of being human , one that emphasizes "our deep embeddedness in the web of life on planet Earth." (Gordon Kaufman)
10. The very real possibility that humans might become extinct sooner than anyone imagined offers significant opportunites for spiritual and artistic growth.
11. "In the deepest origins of Jewish life, the most sacred relationship was the relationship with the earth." Arthur Waskow
12. "Earth itself has become the nigger of the world...While the Earth is poisoned, everything it supports is poisoned. While the Earth is enslaved, none of us is free .... While it is `treated like dirt,' so are we." Alice Walker