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Sowing Seeds of a Movement

Katharine K. Wilkinson

in Between God and Green

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895885
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949861 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895885.003.0006
Sowing Seeds of a Movement

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Evangelical leaders have a grand goal: to weave creation care into the fabric of American evangelical life. In order to accomplish this, they must transform a primarily grasstops phenomenon into a grassroots movement. As church goers' opinions suggest, though creation care resonates theologically, it has not become a significant action item for them and often remains disconnected from a willingness to accept or address climate change. Leaders recognize these issues have not taken root among the evangelical public the way they have at the leadership level—at least among the evangelical Left and Center. In particular, they see local churches as crucial hubs for reaching the grass roots and are acutely attuned to challenges faced in those communities, not least of which is the divisive nature of climate change. So while they feel strongly about the importance of this issue, they also worry that pursuing it directly among the public could hinder their effectiveness as creation care advocates sowing the seeds of a movement.

Keywords: climate change; climate care; evangelical leaders; creation care

Chapter.  8448 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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