Northern Colorado Faith Library

1005 Stover Street, Fort Collins, CO  80526          (970) 482-2436

Special Collections

Faith and Ecology
Theological reflection on ecology, creation and the environment has, perhaps, "grown up." Our collection focues on the latest, most careful analysis of the topic from a variety of perspectives. Sallie MacFague's revision of Christian throught in the face of environmental crises; Ellen Davis's and Daniel Hillel's studies on ecology as we find it, or don't, in scripture; works by Norman Wirzba, Wendell Berry, and Amish farmer David Kline that represent the response of the new agrarians; and Willis Jenkins's masterful Ecologies of Grace, which surveys the field of theological ethics of ecology. We also included a couple of books about how to buy good food and even how to grow it by the most famous farmer since George Washington Carver, Libertarian-lunatic Joel Salatin.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Good Is Not Good Enough fund at First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins, the library has been able to build a seminary-level reference collection. Commentaries are available for all study levels, including the popular Daily Bible Study Series by William Barclay, and Tom Wright's more recent and very readable For Everyone series. For persons, including clergy, who wish to dig deeper, the collection offers all the tools needed for grammatical, syntactical and theological analysis of the Bible in its original languages, as well as the Septuagint. Included also is the new edition of Karl Barth's 31-volume Church Dogmatics.   

We have worked to build a collection of the finest in fiction writing. We have Marilynne Robinson's most recent novels,
Gilead and Home. Several of the best known Catholic novelists -- including Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, and Graham Greene. You'll also find Ron Hansen, Mary Doria Russell, Khaled Housseini, Frederick Beuchner, Anne Lamott, and Iris Murdoch -- among others. While we try to pick excellent stories with faith issues, we also recognize (thanks to Archbishop Rowan Williams' new book Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction) that the novel is itself inherently theological. (If you want to know what that means, his book is available for checkout.)

Religious poetry has a long and rich history, some of which is represented in our library (Dennis Danielson's new "parallel prose" edition of John Milton's Paradise Lost).  However, we have focused our collection on the way in which faith is expressed in poetry today. Poets in this collection include Nobel Prize-winner Czeslaw Milosz, Denise Levertov, Scott Cairns, Mary Karr, Li-Young Lee, Franz Wright, Yehuda Amichai, Luci Shaw, Paul Mariani, and R.S. Thomas.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Series
Publisher Augusburg Fortress describes the series this way: "The definitive English translation of the Critical Edition. A comprehensive and thoroughly annotated sixteen-volume resource for the study of Bonhoeffer in the wider frame of twentieth-century thought and history." Many of his sermons and letters are translated here into English for the first time. The collection also includes fresh translations of Bonhoeffer's classic texts (Life Together, Cost of Discipleship -- titled Discipleship in the series --, and Ethics.

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