Professor Mark Torgerson cares about the environment and religious institutions, such as churches and synagogues. This work is the intersection of Torgerson’s passions, and in it he addresses how congregations can begin to change and treat the earth with the sacredness that he believes it deserves. Torgerson’s work is described as a “blueprint for religious environmental transformation.” He begins his comprehensive work by exploring biblical texts, the concept of shalom, and offering ideas about how to cultivate “creation care consciousness” in congregations. He next shows reader how to “green” synagogues and churches, providing “models for creation care building and renovation.” Perhaps many will be most engaged by the stories of ten congregations who have chosen to “green” their gathering places and treat the earth with sacredness and respect. This engaging resource is for Christian and Jewish congregations who want to honor indoor and outdoor environmental concerns.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover