My Book About Religious Practices and the Environment Available for Pre-order

In case you’re starting your Easter shopping early this year, you can pre-order my forthcoming book When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide now on Amazon.  It won’t be released until March of 2016, but you have a lot of things to do that month and it might slip your mind so you might as well order it now. ...

Teaching a Humor Writing Workshop at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference

For those who are not familiar with it, the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference, held every year for the past decade in November on the gorgeous and weird-bird-filled island of Sanibel off the western coast of Florida, is a fantastic four-day get-together of writers, songwriters, and aspiring writers and songwriters.  I’ve been part of a lot of conferences in my days, but the two times I’ve taught at the SIWC have been the most fun of all of them by far.  I’m part of the faculty again this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from coming, because the presenters who are running workshops are otherwise unbelievable.  The workshop I’m “teaching” is called “Humor Outside the Humor Piece,” and it’s about adding humor to longer pieces of both fiction and non-fiction (the premise is that you don’t have to be funny in the humor piece or SNL skit way to be funny–personally I come up with a good idea for a humor piece about once a year).  The dates this year are November 5-8.  I hope that if you’re anywhere near the area (or even if you aren’t) you’ll consider coming down and saying hello.  Registration is now...

The Pope Raises Profile of “When God Isn’t Green”

Playing directly into our counter-narrative marketing strategy, the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment has, according to Publisher’s Weekly, raised the profile of my forthcoming book on religious practices that harm the environment, When God Isn’t Green: A Worldwide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (coming in March 2016, available for pre (really really pre!) order now).  After listing a number of books about religion and the environment that have just been published or will soon be published, PW notes that my book takes “a different tack”: Taking a different tack is When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (Beacon, Mar. 2016). Instead of arguing how faith can positively influence Earth-care, law professor Jay Wexler describes religious practices around the world that harm the natural world. Publisher Beacon cites examples: “Hindus in Mumbai carrying twenty-five foot plaster idols of Ganesh into the sea or Taoists in Hong Kong creating poisonous fumes by burning bushels of ‘ghost money’ or American Palm Sunday celebrants contributing to the deforestation of Central American palm forests.” Wexler weighs the complicated social and religious issues and seeks ways to resolve them. I always knew I liked this...