Chapter Three: Sky

shutterstock_335913692Here are some more questions to ponder for this chapter:

  1. Read aloud the whole paragraph at the top of page
    100 that begins, “The Psalmist’s words, ‘Our God is in
    the heavens,’ actually unveil far more complex spiritual
    possibilities. Unlike the ground and water, sky is
    beyond our comprehension.” How does Butler Bass’s
    lyrical writing serve the subject matter she is sharing.
  2. “To say that God is in the sky is not to imply that God
    lives at a certain address above the earth. Instead, it is
    an invitation to consider God’s presence that both
    reaches to the stars and wafts through our lives as a
    spiritual breeze” (p. 103). How does this statement
    illustrate a shift from a vertical theology to a grounded
    sense of God among us?
    3. Hildegard of Bingen wrote almost a thousand years
    ago, “If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper,
    we will respond to its endangerment with passion”
    (p. 123). Today we see that numerous people (faith-based
    groups among them) are engaged in the largest
    social movement in human history, addressing issues
    of climate change. What do you make of this? What
    role could you play here?
    4. “The ground is the earth’s body, water its lifeblood, and
    the atmosphere its lungs” (p. 114). How has this book
    helped you frame climate change from a faith perspective?
    What motivates and inspires you to face the crisis and institute changes? How do you strike a balance between truth and hope?

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