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Videos for Discussion Groups

The Green Patriarch, http://www.patriarchate.org/multimedia/video/green-patriarch

A documentary concerning the environmental ministry of the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Since 1997, Patriarch Bartholomew has been bringing principal scientists, environmentalists, religious leaders from all faiths, and policy makers from all over the world together to work on the ecological crisis. This film considers the ecological consequences of the historical split between science and religion, how we came to see ourselves as separate from nature, and how our consumer based economy found its moral justification in a Judeo-Christian view that humans have dominion over the planet’s resources. At the same time it also explores how Bartholomew's activism is inspired by the Orthodox position that we are part of nature, and that God’s intention for humans is to be stewards, or caretakers, of all creation.

Kathleen Dean Moore, “Red Sky at Morning: Ethics and the Climate Crisis,” presented April 12, 2014 at Whidbey Institute’s Cascadia Climate Collaborative Conference. 

This personable lecture (55 minutes) explores the moral dimension of climate change, with insights such as the promises we make to our children and imagining our creator cringing at the choices we are making. http://vimeo.com/92852396

Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview, December 2013. 

One hour documentary on the choice we have to make at this moment in time: will we embrace a new awareness of our shared humanity and accept our responsibility to care for our earth? Available on You Tube.

*EarthBound: Created and Called to Care for Creation, dvd series, created by the Lutheran Church, 2009.  

6 episodes (each under 30 minutes) explore the theology of environmental concepts.  Includes study guide and checklists for use with groups.  Trailer available on Vimeo.  Available for purchase for $90 from Select Learning: https://www.selectlearning.org/store/all/earthbound-created-and-called-care-creation

Revolution, 2013. 

In this documentary, director  and shark advocate Rob Stewart answers a young woman’s question: What good are his efforts to save sharks if the oceans collapse as predicted ?  The youth angle of this documentary and the ever-widening lens it utilizes make it well suited for all ages, especially teens.

*Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime documentary series (9 episodes, airing April 13 to June 9, 2014)

This series on climate change features celebrity investigators presenting information and telling simple, clear human stories.  Premiere episode available on You Tube.  Content and striking photos at the show’s website http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com

*Journey of the Universe by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, 2011. 

This slim book (118 pages ) and dvd adaptation (featuring gorgeous cinematography and music) presents an accessible narrative of scientific discoveries that illuminate the history of life from the Big Bang to this moment in time when we are on the brink of losing so much.  A product Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology.