Ecological Disasters
Ecological Disasters
Worship, Worship

The catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and the resultant ecological and psychological devastation may be unprecedented in scale but certainly not in the fact of its occurrence. Hurricane Katrina. The Haitian earthquake. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Climate Change.

We are truly one "interconnected web of being," and our fragile global ecosystem seems to be increasingly under siege. How are we to respond, liturgically, to the ravaged ecosystems, the ruined lives, the upended economies, the cruelly killed creatures?

The call has gone out for resources—words that would be appropriate in our communal worship, our covenant groups, around our dining room tables, even in our private devotions. We will continue to add resources as they become available.

To Submit Materials: Email your submissions to the Worship and Music Resources Director at worshipweb [at] uua [dot] org. Make sure to include appropriate attribution and permission. Materials may be edited.


Earth's Blood: a prayer poem for the Gulf of Mexico, Copyright 2010, The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) of The United Methodist Church

A Time to Mourn (for the Gulf oil spill), by Becky Post


Bound for Freedom guitar cords (PDF) or Bound for Freedom piano score (PDF), with a new verse about the Gulf oil spill, by Pat Humphries (listen to Bound for Freedom (MP3))

There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea, An Ode to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, a folksong revision June 2010 by Christina Larson

Life in Harmony (PDF), a soprano, (contr)alto, tenor, bass (SATB) in children's format by David Burrows

Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? a choral work dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, by John Shea (clicking on the link brings you to a page from which you can see a review copy of the score—click the link at the top of the page—or place your order—click "Buy Now")


Healing the Gulf, delivered on Sunday, July 25, 2010, by Laura Wallace

Oil On The Waters: a lament, delivered on Sunday, June 6, 2010, by Kathleen McTigue

The Rocky Shores of Memory, delivered on Sunday, June 6, 2010, by Paul Boothby

Complete Services

A Vigil for the Gulf, by Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine

Labyrinth Walk for Healing the Gulf and Ourselves, by Melanie Morel-Ensminger