Below you will find sermons, talk, and devotional gatherings organized by faith that you are free to use during the Faith Climate Action week and beyond. Most are in Acrobat (.pdf) format. A few are audio clips. They have been graciously donated to this website by clergy and leaders of many faith traditions. If you have suggestions for this page or a sermon you would like to share please contact us.
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham Global Warming Sermons
Faith in the Age of Climate Change
Suzanne Jones, lay leader, Presbyterian Church, CA
Sermon Notes for Earth Day and Earth Week 2017:Caring for our Common Home and Cultivating a Culture of Sacred Sustainability
Aaron William Perry and Winter Wall
The Y on Earth Foundation
Our Neighbor Earth
The Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon
Friends Congregational Church, UCC
College Station, TX
Healing That Affects Us All
The Rev. Shirley Oskamp
Church of the Wildwood; Tinmouth Community Church
Chittenden, VT; Tinmouth, VT
What would Jesus Do About Air Pollution?
Perry First United Methodist Church
The Power of Water
The Rev. Nancy Rockwell
The Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC
Cristo del Valle Presbyterian Church
Valentine from God
Gladys Gifford, ALP
South Park United Presbyterian
Good Friday / Earth Day
The Rev. Nick Utphall
Wisconsin IPL/ St. Steven’s Lutheran Church
Call to Discipleship: Building a Cottage of Straw and Mud
Perry First United Methodist Church
Gardens and Vineyards
The Rev. M. Lise Hildebrandt
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
Choose Life to Live
First Christian Church
You have heard of old, but I say to you
Fr. John Coleman
S.J., Associate Pastor
San Francisco, CA
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Rev. Michael P. Mernagh, M.A.
Anamchara Faith Community
Ask Seek Knock
By Meighan Pritchard, MDiv
United Church of Christ
Mira Vista UCC, El Cerrito, CA
What does the reign of God on earth look like, and what can we do to bring it about?
Transfiguration Sunday – Lent C Homily
By Father Charles Morris
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Wyandotte, MI
From the mountain top, we see with a different lens the work to be done to heal creation.
By the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
Through our faith, we can practice love of the earth by changing our behaviors, by working for peace, and more.
A Call to Action
By Reverend Bob Wohlfort
First Trinity Lutheran Church
We have much to confess about our role in global warming, but that also means there is much we ourselves can do to make a change for the better.
The Earth Is the Lord’s
By Reverend R. Charles Grant, D.Min.
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA
What does global warming have to do with Christian faith? Everything. We are stewards, not owners. Earth is the arena for both God’s grace and God’s judgment.
Let Everything that Breathes …
By Kirk Nave
River Road United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA
The science of global warming paints a stark picture. Our actions can change the predictor models. We can praise the Lord through wise choices.
The Great Connection
By Bass Mitchell
Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, Charlottesville, VA
Texts: Psalm 24
July 16, 2006
We are all connected and must take care of our neighbors, including the plants and animals.
Changing the Focus on Non-Renewable Energy and the Stewardship of the Environment
By the Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, D.D., Bishop of Washington and Dean of Washington National Cathedral
November 6, 2004
We have destroyed pristine landscapes and violated our sacred covenant with God. We must reclaim our covenant and teach it to the next generation, and we must work to heal God’s creation.
Christ in All Things
By Rev. Nancy G. Wright
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon, WA
Text: Colossians 1:15-20
April 25, 1999
God, in Christ, is holding the world together. This belief teaches us several things about how we are to live in relationship with God and with the rest of creation.
By Paul Amrhein, Human Concerns Minister
St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Richmond, VA
God wanted Noah’s help to save creation. Can we be modern-day Noahs?
An Earth Day Sermon
By Steven Whitney
St. Steven’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA
Texts: Genesis 2:15, 9:8-11 and Job 12:10, 38:1-7
April 21, 1996
Creation is a “manifestation of God in our midst.” To whom does creation really belong? What is our role in it?
Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, offers extensive resources for Rabbis and Spiritual Leaders, including a list of sample sermons on faith and climate by holiday and under a general category.
Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5768
By Rabbi Laura Geller
Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills, CA
Texts: Rava; Genesis 1-2; Midrash Rabba 3:1; Deuteronomy 20:19-20; Mishna Torah, Laws of Kings and Wars 6:8-10; Sefer HaChinuch 529
Caring about the planet is profoundly Jewish. This congregation can do something by taking the Green Pledge to reduce carbon emissions individually and as a congregation.
Guardians of the Earth
By Rabbi Mark Kaiserman
Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, Livingston, NJ
We are Shomrei Adamah, or guardians of the earth. We must model the behavior of creating a greener environment and guarding our precious planet
Unitarian Universalist Sermons
Grounded in Resilience: Born for the Storm
Rev. Kurt A. Kuhwald
For First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Out of the Depths
Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield
A Service for Earth Day
For Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Readings by theme from the Holy Qu’ran:
• Do no mischief on the earth
• Stewards of the earth
• Keep earth in balance
Dr. Hamid Mavani
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Temple Beth El, Berkeley, CA
God offered to heavens, earth, and mountains the trust of creation. Only humans were willing to take on this task. We must do a better job.
Maintaining Balance in Multiple Places
Metwalli B. Amer
Founder and Executive Director
Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims