New Book: Cherishing The Earth

22 March 2023

We are very excited to announce the publication on 4 April 2023 of ‘Cherishing The Earth – Nourishing The Spirit’, edited by Maria Curtis and published by the Lindsey Press. Buy the book here.

This new book presents a range of Unitarian responses to the global environmental crisis. Contributors include ministers, lay people, and children, writing from diverse theological and ethical perspectives, exploring what it might mean to live in right relationship with the Earth. Their insights range from the prophetic and political to the practical and intensely personal, but all share a sense of gratitude for the sacred gift of life.

As the Quaker writer and activist Alastair McIntosh says in the foreword he has contributed to this book “Some will ask: “What use is spirituality now? What is the practical use of a book like this?” My short answer is: because we need to reconsider how to live.”

Maria Curtis asks what changes we need to make in ourselves and in our society if we are to work towards healing the Earth and restoring balance to the global ecosystem: “We need to re-imagine what a healthy relationship between humanity and the natural world might look like, one conducive to the flourishing of all beings on Earth.”

The chapters are interspersed with poems, prayers, and short rituals. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion, providing a resource for study by individuals or small groups.

Rev. Dr Maria Curtis is a Unitarian minister with a background in education and psychology. On retiring from congregational work, she joined the team at Unitarian College, training students for ministry. Maria believes that the ecological crisis presents us with the major spiritual challenge of our time.

264 pages. £12.00. ISBN: 978-0-85319-098-1.

Published on 4 April 2023 by The Lindsey Press, London for the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.