Leah Schade, PhD, is a Lutheran pastor, eco-theologian, author of Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit, and assistant professor of preaching and worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, PhD, is an Episcopal priest, author, and climate activist serving as Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ.
Leah Schade and Margaret Bullitt-Jonas have curated a powerful anthology. Their new work offers weary-hearted readers tools to cope with the grief and despair of climate work, encourages persistence in taking action, and motivates bearing witness to the vision of a more just and sustainable future. . . . By collecting these various stories and voices, Schade and Bullitt-Jonas provide the reader with a sense of relief through an unburdening of adopted identities or purposes and asks how can you in your specific life add to this movement? What roots you in this work? How can you stand firmly and deeply in your own soil and rise to meet the both nourishing and harsh conditions these people face in working toward a better world? Anyone in a faith-based organization interested in this work would be wise to read this book and share in community to discern how you are best able to root yourself in this challenging and life-giving work.
It is mainly for the sake of encouraging and inspiring such despondent, hushed members of the green choir that the array of testimonies found in Rooted and Rising has been assembled. The result is an invaluable, enspirited, and uplifting anodyne to hopelessness…. In the light of that ‘awakened consciousness’, Rooted and Rising takes full account of the rationale for despair about earth’s ills, and about the pressing challenge to ecojustice that this crisis entails. Yet the volume‘s chief value is to put a human face on what it might mean to live with the fear without letting it overcome us. Toward that end, the book’s many personal stories of and by those who have demonstrated such endurance and resolve, including Margaret Bullitt-Jonas’s own moving account of triumphing over an addiction recalling our culture’s addiction to fossil fuel, blend into a compelling cloud of witnesses. For this and other reasons, I’d judge Rooted and Rising to be a must-read anodyne to hopelessness in our cultural moment, a book I will be recommending as spiritual sustenance to several disheartened friends.
This book is an important work offering us a glimpse into the lives of contemporary people of faith on the frontlines of socio-political engagement, drawing on their communities formed of faith and within ecological belonging, and modeling for us what kind of world is possible. The book could be readily engaged by a person of faith seeking
inspiration for how to deepen their own roots through spiritual practice and to rise to advocacy for the needs of their own communities, by a small faith-sharing group, or even by undergraduate students studying religion, theology, or environmental ethics. Schade and Bullitt-Jonas have put together a volume of wide-ranging relevance, and I hope it will be read by many.
7/28/2020 – Author Leah Schade penned an article for Patheos, titled “#CloudOfClergy: The Many Ways Faith Leaders Show Up for Justice.” Link: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/2020/07/cloudofclergy-many-ways-faith-leaders-show-up-for-justice/
10/7/2020 - Library Journal featured this title in a list titled “Quantum Worlds, Climate Change, Falling Felines and More in Physics Titles | Academic Best Sellers.” Link: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=quantum-worlds-climate-change-falling-felines-and-more-in-physics-titles