A rainbow over the land


Southern Africa has been identified as one of the areas most vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation. What should the response of the church be to this global challenge? This publication challenges all Christians to re-examine the responsibility placed upon us in Scripture to care for God’s creation and to ensure that we act as responsible stewards of all that God has given to us, not just human life.

SKU: 9780864878410 Category:


SUBTITLE: Equipping Christians to be Earthkeepers


PAGES: 236

SUMMARY: A Southern African guide on the church and environmental justice
This revised volume of A rainbow over the land is a much-needed resource for the church today. It will enable leaders to look at the theology of creation care, and to rediscover truths from the history of the Christian tradition.

The Southern African region faces huge challenges about economic inequalities, violent forms of conflict and a proses of ecological decline. These challenges are deeply linked to each other. In response, churches have been calling for a “just, participatory and sustainable society”, at least since the Nairobi Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1975.

As shown in the title, this volume offers a guide on the church and environmental justice focusing specifically on the Southern African region. It equips Christians to be Earthkeepers through providing resources for analysis of the background, biblical explanation and interpretation, theological thinking, reorientation of formal public worship and congregational practice or custom. It reminds all of us of the surplus grace embedded in God’s promise, symbolised by God’s rainbow over the land, and of the responsibilities that this covenant brings for Earthkeepers.


  • Introduction: Seeing God’s rainbow
  • An emerging environmental awareness in South Africa
  • Biblical and theological perspectives on the environment
  • Ecological wisdom in the Christian tradition
  • The environment in Christian liturgy
  • Liturgy of life: Christian environmental action
  • Conclusion: A new vision of sustainable community

List of contributors

Ernst M Conradie is Senior Professor in in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape where he teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics. He is the editor of several volumes in the field of ecotheology and the author of several mono­graphs.

David N Field is a South African presently living in Basel Switzerland where he is the academic coordinator of the Methodist e-Academy – an initiative of Methodist Churches in Europe providing online supplementary education for pastors and lay leaders. He is also an Academic Associate of the Research Institute for Theology and Religion at the University of South Africa, a research fellow at the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research and a member of the church and society commission of the Swiss United Methodist Church. He has written articles on eco-theology, the theology and ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and ethics in the Methodist tradition.