The Kerney Library, located in Education Building, includes books, videos, and materials that are useful to lay people, church leaders ,teachers, church committees, spiritual seekers, curious browsers, and visitors. It is our hope that you will come by the library to browse and that you will find something to inspire you or provide a new understanding or help you along your spiritual journey. We also hope you will find the library a welcoming and spiritual space for reflection and study.
The library collection is organized into a number of major categories that include: Bible Study, Theology, Christian Education, Church History, Contemporary Church, Devotional/Spirituality, Health and Healing and World Religions.
There is also collection of adult fiction from the Saint Mark book discussion group.
Martha Landon O’Neill Children’s Collection
Children, Parents, Teachers: Our Children’s Library is now relocated in Fellowship Hall next to the stage. We hope that our children will love browsing while their parents visit during coffee hour. Also, teachers, there are many books to supplement your curriculum. Thanksgiving and Christmas books will be featured soon!
Saint Mark Library Green Shelf!
Our Saint Mark library now has a fine collection of books focusing on the care and renewal of creation as we face the challenges of climate change, pollution, and other devastation of our Planet Earth. Drop by, take a look, and check out one or more of the excellent books listed below to learn more about this concern and how we might rally around it as individuals and a church community:
The Green Bible: New Revised Standard Version
An all-natural edition of the Bible (book cover, paper and ink) with passages dealing with God’s and humans’ connections to all creation printed in green. Also contains articles and resource guides for our care of the earth.
Love God, Heal Earth edited by the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, 2009. A variety of leaders linked to many religious groups (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist) speak out in 21 highly creative articles on our challenge to protect our environment.
Ecology at the Heart of Faith by Denis Edwards, 2006. In this very readable and straightforward account, an Australian professor of theology helps us understand the environmental message which is at the very center of the Christian experience and which points to “a new way of living on earth.”
Gardening Eden by Michael Abbate, 2009. A landscape architect writes in highly practical ways of how we may all become enlightened and compassionate gardeners – either literally or metaphorically – leading to a “greener lifestyle.”
Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Haupt, 2009. For urban (and suburban!) dwellers, this amazing account of the natural life existing in our neighborhoods will open up new understandings about our interconnectedness with all of creation which surrounds us daily.
A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming by Sallie McFague, 2008. This distinguished professor asks “who we are” as humans in relationship to God and creation. Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change and global warming in our time, she also probes the questions “Is a different world possible?.. How shall we live?” in ways that honor the integrity of creation.
God in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of God by Jurgen Moltmann, 1985. One of the world’s foremost theologians has written this “most comprehensive treatment of the theology of creation.”
Readers who dip into this great volume of work will find a wealth of ideas to ponder which can help them understand the underlying issues of much of our contemporary ecological crisis.
Please Note: In addition to the Green Shelf books, we have this month acquired one other important and exciting new book The Future of Faith by the legendary scholar of religion Harvey Cox. It has been described as a passionate and challenging “tour de force,” a hard-hitting but fair account of Christian history as well as an invitation into a spirit-filled vision of Christianity in the 21st century, which can help renew a hurting world.