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A Merry Little Climate
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

We think that solar panels are a matter of climate justice and a #MerryClimate for all. The narrative of a child on whose shoulders the government sits compels us to cut across the crass consumerism of Christm ...

AUDIO: Margaret Atwood Reading from "Year of the Flood."
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés A Sojourners exclusive audio reading from Year of the Flood.  In her reflection on the beatitude ...

Frontline Dispatch from the War on Coal
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

A new day is dawning. Soon the fog will melt in the burn of the rising sun. It is advent season. “Always,” I remind myself, “It is advent. There is work to do, to prepare the way of The Lord.” I arise to walk. ...

Keep the #LightForLima Alive: Interfaith Groups Hold Vigils for Lima Climate Negotiations
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Sunday night, people of all faiths gathered across the world for interfaith prayer vigils for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima. In 13 countries, participants in #LightForLima pr ...

Trees, Healing, and Hope
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Rivers and trees. The Bible begins and ends with rivers and trees: Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22. Why is this striking fact not more well known among followers of Christ? What might this latter text teach u ...

A Flicker of Hope in Lima: The Commencement of U.N. Climate Summit Meetings
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Within the past three months tremendous strides have been made toward protecting our earth. The People’s Climate March drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of New York City to advocate for clima ...

Beyond the Letter of the Law: The Jewish Perspective on Ethical Investing and Fossil Fuel Divestment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Climate change resulting from the use of fossil fuels poses a grave threat to human and non-human life. Because a real national response to climate change has been stymied by political inaction, cultural inert ...

Evangelicals Add Support for EPA Plan to Cut Coal Pollution
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Evangelicals are teaming up with environmentalists to support the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants. ...

We’re Awestruck About Earth, Unsure About Global Warming
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

was a greater marker of attitudes than general spirituality. Only 27 percent of white evangelical Protestants ...

Keystone XL Fails in the Senate: What's Next?
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Last night, the Senate voted on the Keystone XL pipeline — and with only 59 votes, the bill failed. (In the current political climate, it takes 60 votes to make a bill filibuster-proof so that it actually pass ...

Senate to Vote on Keystone Pipeline Tonight
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Last week the House of Representatives held their ninth vote on the Keystone pipeline, and approved it yet again. The Senate is voting on a simple yes or no pipeline bill at 6 p.m. The vote count right now in ...

Why A Movement To Disinvest from Fossil Fuels?
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Divest-Invest is a call to policymakers, businesses, and investors that we must join forces to accelerate our transition to a low-carbon and equitable economy, close the clean energy investment gap, and move “ ...

Congress Voting on Keystone XL Pipeline Today
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Today the House of Representatives is set to vote, yet again, on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Today the House of Representatives is set to vote, yet again, on the Keystone X ...

Forty Shades of Green
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Preaching the Word

John 15:1 John 15:4-5 Psalms 92:12-15 Sean McDon ...

Our Lady of the Watershed
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Genesis 2:15 Genesis 1:28 Luke 6:48 Rose Marie B ...

U.S., China Strike Agreement Limiting Greenhouse Gases
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

This morning, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China made a historic announcement that their countries would limit greenhouse gas emissions. This morning, Presi ...

Disinvest/Reinvest: From Fossil Fuels to Hope
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

The industry spends tons of money each year propping up climate deniers, spreading misinformation, and sowing seeds of doubt about what we are doing to God’s earth. They also fund political candidates on both ...

Listening with Radical Ears: The Importance of the 2014 IPCC Climate Report
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we must open our ears, minds, and hearts to the warning signs God’s creation is giving us. In Christ, we find the reality of resurrection. We find the message of radical hope. We find the streng ...

Letters to the Climate Generation: I Hope You Have Answers
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 2:04pm | 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 - 10:36am | 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, ...

VIDEO: Do Trees Communicate?
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video on the way trees and plants communicate.  “What do the trees know that we have yet to lea ...

The Problem of Big and Small
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Hunkering down is deeply attractive, but we have work to do first.  IT'S REASONABLY clear ...

The World Unites to Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 10/08/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Press

October 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Joe Ware ...

In Africa, Church Leaders Responding to Climate Change Locally and Globally
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

As climate change devastates communities in Kenya, church leaders are helping to address the crisis locally while also calling on industrialized nations to own up to their responsibilities for spewing greenhou ...

Forty Shades of Green
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Sean McDonagh The oldest known redwood in the United States was a sapling during the Babylonian exile. Why trees should be part of Chris ...

All Share God's Household
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 3:28pm | 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, ...

ON Scripture: What If the Earth Was God’s Vineyard?
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Dare to go there with me, if you will. What if we imagine God’s vineyard as described in Matthew 21 to be this beautiful world we inhabit? What will happen if we reject it—if we continue to treat it with disre ...

Interfaith Communities Respond to a Global Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Press

September 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonathan Craig ...

Climate Conversion in New York
Originally Posted: 09/29/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Press

September 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Climate Conversion in New York
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

We all know that the world is moving down a very dangerous path, and that we must reverse our direction. But so far, the credible and persuasive scientific case hasn’t accomplished that. Sensible economic prop ...

Faith in People: NYC Climate March Draws All Religions for a Healthier Planet
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

More important than the celebrities or politicians marching on Sunday, members of the faith community came out in droves to support the rally. The Huffington Post reported on the wide variety of faiths that we ...

The Climate 'Debate' Is Over. Isn’t It?
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

What an amazing weekend! Barbara, Peter, and I had the privilege of hosting more than forty students from Christian colleges who traveled to New York for the People’s Climate March. On Sunday, we joined with o ...

Atheists, Baptists and Baha'i Come Together to Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Press

September 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Joe Ware ...

Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Press

September 18, 2014 Ted Schmidt Theology in the Vineyard ...

What's Your Elevator Pitch?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Press

July 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Margaret Bullit-Jonas ...

Noah's Ark: A Symbol for A People's Climate March
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Press

September 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Donna Schaper ...

Defeating ISIS Till Take More than Military Action
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why We’re Building an Ark
Originally Posted: 09/19/2014 - 8:49am | 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 ...

Ban Ki-moon's Climate Altar Call
Originally Posted: 09/04/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Reuters reported today that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is starting his drum beat to gets heads of state to his emergency climate conference in New York at the end of the month. “Ban wants heads of state ...

Climate Change Is Happening: 4 Things You Can Do About It
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 8:19am | 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 - 1:53pm | 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 ...

VIDEO: "Prairie Roots"
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 8:19am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The deep roots of the land need deep roots of stewardship. Our nation has a dangerous dependency ...

'For the Beauty of the Earth:' A Beautiful Invitation
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 12:39pm | 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 - 9:22am | 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 ...

VIDEO: The People's Climate March
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Join the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. “The ship is turning ...

Joyful Responsibility of the Commons
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:37am | 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 - 2:51pm | 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 ...

A Burning Truth
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Katharine M. Preston Fracking for oil and gas has toxic consequences for surrounding communities. Even worse: It's fueling climate c ...

Creation Yearning to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Are new EPA rules and a U.N. Climate Summit enough to turn the tide on climate change? ON J ...

Religious Conservatives Embrace Proposed E.P.A. Rules
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Theodore Schleifer ...