Loving Creation - Discussion questions
Discussion questions for each chapter in Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just by Kathleen Fischer (Paulist Press)
- Thinking of the Genesis accounts of creation, do they point toward humanity's complete control over or kinship with other creatures?
- What prayers, poems, or songs express your reverence for the natural world?
- Are there any activities-e.g., gardening, hiking-you enjoy that keep you in touch with God's creation?
- How do you relate to globalization and its implications for God's cosmos?
- How can you prepare for the gift of wonder?
- What Scripture passages do you find that help cultivate hope for a transformed world?
- What does it mean to you that earth is a lasting home and not merely a place we have "simply visited"?
- Thomas Berry observes, "Eventually only our sense of the sacred will save us." What does that mean to you? How can you cultivate a sense of the sacred?
- How does freedom from desire for too many possessions free us for more meaningful things?
- How can a cultivation of asceticism help you to guard against being overcome by consumerism?
- What does it mean to you that "in a dark time we begin to see"?
- Which of the persons mentioned in Chapter 12 could you adopt as your own patron saint to inspire you to live the values discussed in this book?