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Letters to the Climate Generation: I Hope You Have Answers
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

I throw all these questions at you, hoping you’ll do a better job than I did protecting creation. Editor’s Note: Global warming means rising sea levels, worsening extre ...

Letters to the Climate Generation: Walking with Family
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

I want you to look at the world through the eyes of compassion and love. This is an important part of my faith. Editor's Note: Global warming means rising sea levels, ...

All Share God's Household
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Rather than celebrate the quirkiness of the blessing of the animals itself, I would like to speak to St. Francis as an icon for justice whose way of organizing and advocacy is not only rooted in Christianity, ...

Why We’re Building an Ark
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The same old calls for action aren’t getting through. We don’t have much time to act, yet our world leaders lurch from crisis to crisis while the frog slowly boils in the pot. We are living through one of the ...

Climate Change Is Happening: 4 Things You Can Do About It
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

The impacts are already happening now, especially in poor countries and on our coasts. So now what? In the face of a problem on a global scale, what are we to do? Here are four suggestions. ...

Singing Our Theology
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

This is an ode to God’s majesty and power. It testifies to the beauty created by God’s hand and witnesses to the connection between the love behind God’s creative acts and the love poured out by Christ on the ...

'For the Beauty of the Earth:' A Beautiful Invitation
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

The disparity between the beauty celebrated in this hymn and my experience of actual socio-ecological relations often makes me want to retreat to those beautiful people and places which don’t cause such confli ...

'Praise God, All Creatures Here Below'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

It took the glory of creation itself for me to fully understand the words of the Doxology. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise [God], all creatures here below; Pr ...

Joyful Responsibility of the Commons
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

If each of us can approach stewardship as an act of worship, such reverence not only stands to increase our personal joy and gratitude, but, contrary to the tragedy of the commons, could very well be what help ...

The Groan of All Creation: Come Lord Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What I most appreciate about the song is the way that it emphasizes the commonality between humanity and creation — we are all in need of redemption and rebirth, we all long for the consummation of the kingdom ...

Testimony: The Word Demands the Renewal of Creation
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

My favorite part of being here at Sojourners is the people we connect with based on common Christian values. I’m blessed that I can speak out for God’s creation in a diverse community, singing and praying toge ...

VIDEO: An Interview with Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors "A lot of people don't know that we exist." “A lot of people don’t know that we ex ...

Why Union’s Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels Matters
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, announced that the school is divesting its endowment of fossil fuels. It is the first seminary in the world to do so, marking Union’s latest ac ...

Union Seminary Pulls Investments from the 'Sin' of Fossil Fuels
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

New York City’s venerable Union Theological Seminary plans to pull all investments in fossil fuels from its $108.4 million endowment, casting it as part of a bid to atone for the “sin” of contributing to clima ...

Taking Climate Change Seriously
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

All of the categories of those whom Jesus called “the least of these” will be directly affected by climate change. Climate change is about people, not just science and politics — ...

Sustainability and Care for Creation: WCC and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

In fact, we all need to advocate for climate justice and work toward protecting the earth. This includes Christian churches as well as all other religions around the globe. About ...

EPA Unveils Clean Power Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just released its new plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the first policy of its kind. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agen ...

What Does Marco Rubio Believe About Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

If Sen. Rubio believes that humans aren’t causing climate change, who does he believe is? Does he believe that climate change is natural, perhaps an act of God? Why is it so diffi ...

Who Will Take Personal Responsibility for Denying Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Those who have led the charge against addressing climate change need to take personal responsibility for their actions. This week the National Climate Assessment Report was re ...

Why I’m Praying President Obama Will Reject Keystone XL
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

The proposed Keystone XL Oil Pipeline would do little good and could wreak enormous harm. I’m compelled to halt my timid thy-will-be-done prayers and join a band of evangelicals boldly pleading for the permit’ ...

A Gospel of the Garden
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Wisdom is calling for every human dwelling — every neighborhood, whether rural, urban, suburban, to protect our environment, and nurture permanent food systems that yield abundance and permanent peace. ...

Why Environmentalism Is an Important Spiritual Discipline
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

Earth Day is often neglected by Christians because it’s not seen as an important issue — but what if environmentalism was essential to evangelism? In many ways, taking care of our environment is a direct form ...

Eating Greens to Keep the Earth Green
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

This week is Earth Week and as an intern community we are choosing to make concerted efforts to be greener in our choices to promote healthy bodies and ecosystems. Editor ...

Why Earth Week Matters
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

This year, Earth Day and Easter fall so close to each other that they almost touch. When we view Earth Day in the light of Easter, we’re urged to pick up our shovels and plant the seeds of creation’s resurrect ...

Beauty Exhaustion: Discipleship and Getting Outside
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

A disciple gets outside. And they do so because the God they are following is outside. And taking a walk with God every once in a while does something for the soul. St. Bonaventur ...

Praying for a Breakthrough on Climate Action
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s when facing an obstacle of this magnitude that our faith matters most. As an outpouring of our faith, it is only natural to call upon God for wisdom and endurance, praying that we can fulfill our calling ...

Lent: Falling in Love With the Ordinary
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Food is the thing we all have in common, and with it, Jesus set forth the Eucharist. Is that enough for you to believe food is important? I'm one not given to joy. I'm ...

That Our Creation Care Would Also Fight Racism and Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the voices closest to the ground — where the injustices of sin layer themselves against creation and the vulnerable in a double-offensive? What more perfect a ...

Listen for the Groaning; Then Worship!
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Our addiction to consumption, our oil drills and oil spills, and our depleted uranium bullets whizzing through theaters of war in countries ravaged, torn apart — both the people and the land. Creation is groan ...

The Hope of Glory Amidst 'Bondage and Decay' of Environmental Injustice
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

I am encouraged because despite the bondage and decay, glory is coming. In order for us to really receive God’s promises, we need to relieve ourselves of the bondage of sin that is manifested through environme ...

Prophetic Preaching: 'One of The Priests is Receiving Death Threats'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

If prophetic preaching on global injustices is to be effective, it has to take up strong collaborative efforts, creativity, and opportunities for specific actions that instill hope. ...

Obama's Energy Fail
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben An "all of the above" policy is in fact no policy at all. I'D ALWAYS HOPED that ...

Black Clergy Seek to Bridge 'Green' Gap
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

At Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, members and neighbors buy fruits and vegetables from a black farmers market and work in an organic garden named after botanist George Washington Carver. ...

The Fight for 'The Good Life'
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Last week, we Nebraskans celebrated sweet victory once again. The Feb. 19 ruling by Lancaster County judge Stephanie Stacy dealt a significant setback to the approval process of the 1,179-mile TransCanada pipe ...

Think Nothing Is Happening in Washington? It’s Decision Time on Climate
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

In the coming months, the Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants, and the Obama administration will make a final decision on the Keyston ...

The Gospel According to Young-Earth Creationist Ken Ham
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

We don’t need to find pieces of Noah’s ark to know the gospel is true; we know the gospel is true because Jesus (remember him, Mr. Ham?) is risen and he lives in us. There was a m ...

Keystone XL: Ambiguity is the Enemy of Progress
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Having experienced the crisp June evenings of Minnesota as well as the asthma-inducing smog of Hong Kong, I know both the beauty of fresh air and green spaces and the dullness of pollution and gray skies. The ...

State Department's Final Review of Keystone XL: Negligible Impact?
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Looking at the immediate media coverage following the release of the review, many say it paves the way for the pipeline’s approval, because it finds no significant immediate impact on climate change. Pipeline ...

Canada's Mining Dominance
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Today, Canadian companies account for 75 percent of mining worldwide, and their practices are rife with abuse. ...

Saving What We Love
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Atwood A hopeful encounter with real-life "God's Gardeners." I MET MARKKU and Leah Ko ...

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life, Death, and the Environment
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion table. ...

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

In decades to come, we’ll look back at some norms of today and wonder how we tolerated them. I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madis ...

Advocacy From the Manger and Environmental Justice
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

I truly believe that Jesus’s focus on the “least of these” is a model for advocacy, especially for the environmental justice movement. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to w ...

Rooted in Faith
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese A school garden project helps kids learn about plants—and Catholic social teaching about caring for the environment. ...

Saving Both Souls and Soil
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Environmental missionaries engage in environmental development, addressing the evangelistic call to make disciples while being intentional in their work of creation care. Many bel ...

Latinos Ready to Battle Climate Change, But EPA Must Include Them in the Fight
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The environmental impacts of carbon pollution also affect our Latino communities more and more each year. Earlier this month, I presented comments to the Environmental Protection ...

A Problem With The Climate In Texas
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Press

November 8, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Faith Leaders Speak; the EPA Listens
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held listening sessions Thursday to hear from the public about a forthcoming rule about carbon emissions from existing power plants. More than 20 faith leaders spoke o ...

'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

One Year Later, Examining Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

One year later, we reflect on reconstruction efforts post-Sandy. We also pause to assess the role of climate change, exacerbated by human actions, in the creation and severity of the storm. ...