Refugia Faith by Debra Rienstra
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Refugia Faith – Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth
by Debra Rienstra Fortress Press (2022)
This book explores how Christian spirituality and practice must adapt to prepare for life on a climate-altered planet.
Refugia (reh-FU-jee-ah) is a biological term describing places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis, such as a volcanic eruption, fire, or stressed climate. Ideally, these refugia endure, expand, and connect so that new life emerges.
Debra Rienstra applies this concept to human culture and faith, asking, In this era of ecological devastation, how can Christians become people of refugia? How can we find and nurture these refugia, not only in the biomes of the earth, but in our human cultural systems and in our spiritual lives? How can we apply all our love and creativity to this task as never before?
Rienstra recounts her own process of reeducation — beginning not as a scientist or an outdoors enthusiast but by examining the wisdom of theologians and philosophers, farmers and nature writers, scientists and activists, and especially people on the margins.
By weaving nature writing, personal narrative, and theological reflection, Rienstra grapples honestly with her own fears and longings and points toward a way forward — a way to transform Christian spirituality and practice, become a healer on a damaged earth, and inspire others to do the same.
- Introduction (The Great Work and the Little Work)
- Chapter 1 (From Despair to Preparation)
- Chapter 2 (From Alienation to Kinship)
- Chapter 3 (From Consuming to Healing)
- Chapter 4 (From Avoiding to Lamenting)
- Chapter 5 (From Resignation to Gratitude)
- Chapter 6 (From Passivity to Citizenship)
- Chapter 7 (From Indifference to Attention)