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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. ...

January 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 3:49pm | Type: Product

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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 ...

A Garden Toolbox for Schools
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese   Catholic Coalition on Climate Change Catholicclimatecovenant.org This site has education and worship resources tailored to different ages and set ...

Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

As we patiently anticipate the light of Christ entering anew this Advent season, we must cling steadfastly to the hope we profess. For our help comes from the Lord, who ensures that hope ultimately triumphs ov ...

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 ...

Religious Groups Rally Around U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The latest United Nations climate summit got off to an unusually emotional start when Yeb Sano, the head delegate from the Philippines, issued a tearful plea at the opening plenary. ...

Non-Guilt-Trippy Ways to Live Lightly and Consume Less
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Inspired by books such as Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution, Jen Hatmaker’s 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, many Christians are striving strive for simplicity for the sake of the health ...

'Testifying to the Truth': EPA Testimonies (Part Three)
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

My name is Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome and I am a federal policy analyst at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a 25-year-old community based environmental justice organization based in Harlem, N.Y. ...

'Testifying to the Truth': EPA Testimonies (Part Two)
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

It is not only future generations that will bear the impacts of climate change. They are being felt now, most intensely by those populations around the world who are least able to cope with them. We must act w ...

'Testifying to the Truth': EPA Testimonies (Part One)
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

This post contains two of many testimonies given at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listening session at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Editor’s Note : Thi ...

December 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Product

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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 Problem with the Climate in Texas
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There is no part of this world that God is not aware of, cannot lay claim to, and does not rule. Christians affirm that as people of faith we’re called to be stewards over creation, answering one day for how w ...

Your Turn, Harvard
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben This kind of neutrality is like defending the right of poor and rich alike to sleep beneath bridges. ...

Ellen Davis Unearths an Agrarian View of the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

resources — God’s command to humankind in Genesis 1:28 to “subdue” the Earth and have “dominion” over its ...

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. ...

Air Pollution Shuts Down Entire City
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city of Harbin in northern China earlier this week. Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city ...

Christians Making the Climate Discussion Their Own
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There’s a debate happening on The Christian Post, and we’re hearing more and more evangelical voices expressing concern over climate change. There’s a debate happening on The Chr ...

Why the Silence on U.S. Oil Spills?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

For the many stakeholders, including big business and politicians, the political and financial incentives to keep mum on spills and minimize media exposure carry incredible weight. And then it must be asked, w ...

November 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Water Is Not A 'Privilege,' Says Catholic Bishop
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Is access to clean water for public use a human right? Is access to clean water for public use a human right? According to Luis Infanti, the Roman Catholic bishop of Aysen in Chi ...

4 Ways the Shutdown Is Making Us Less Green
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Some people are rejoicing over the cuts faced by the Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental agencies. But the shutdown of our environmental programs is affecting people’s lives in ways that mi ...

Bridging Science, Faith, and Troubled Waters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Dottie Yunger An interview with "Rev. Riverkeeper" Dottie Y ...

SLIDESHOW: 'Rev. Riverkeeper' in Action
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As Dottie Yunger writes in ...

Water Initiatives Get Congregations to Pledge to Conserve
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, water has become more than a ritual element used in Christian baptismal rites or in Jewish and Muslim cleansing ceremonies. It has become a focus for worshippers seeking to go beyond water’ ...

Unlawful Entry
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger I watched the police toss Steve, age 70, into the crowd behind me. OFFICER MARIO normally w ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks of hearings on science textbooks, there has been a strong push from anti-science activists and Creationists to weaken the teaching of not only evolution but climate change. ...

A 300-Mile Ride for Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 miles by bicycle over five days with 200 other climate activists. I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 mi ...

'Rev. Riverkeeper'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Dottie Yunger One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable." THE ANACOSTIA RI ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that there are ecojustice issues here in the U.S. — but I was. I always thought of climate change as something that affected d ...

Building a Collective Identity: 'Drawing the Line' in Communities of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I’ll offer up a humble suggestion to those who are stuck. What if we use the best of what our faith communities has to offer and lean into the climate crisis? Not just in one way, but in three. No “one size fi ...

In Hearing on Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Star Witnesses But Few Meaningful Questions
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

This Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the House subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing to discuss the Obama administration’s climate change policies and activities. This Wedne ...

Energy News: What’s Happening This Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Churches going solar, pro-coal school curricula, and more in this wrap-up. David vs. Goliath:  Residents in a Colorado city are fighting their local coal monopoly for the chanc ...

Pipeline, Meet the Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Pipeline projects are moving forward across the country, but a group of tuneful nuns is working to make sure they don’t succeed. Pipeline projects are moving forward across th ...

My Netflix Love Affair and My Carbon Footprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

I wasn’t too happy when I read that my Netflix habit is seriously energy intensive. In a new article on Salon.com, I learned that watching Netflix streaming for an hour a week uses more energy each year than t ...

Our First Divinely Appointed Vocation
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The command to care for soil is our first divinely appointed vocation, yet in our zeal to produce cheap, abundant food we have shunned it; we have tilled the adamah but we have not kept it. ...

A Step Toward Healing
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben You can't hide this kind of debacle forever—people are finding out. Environmental activi ...

Pipeline Prayer Walk: 'In the Wide Open Air'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Five walkers have completed 380 miles of their three-month pilgrimage along the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. They have crossed from Canada into the United States as part of the Com ...

I Would Walk 100 Miles — Grandparents Lead Climate Allies in Walk to D.C. for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

During the week leading up to the “Summer Heat” demonstrations — protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and urging for action on climate change — about 25 people started a hike from Camp David to Washington, D.C. ...

New EPA Leader to Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Climate change is expected to take a turn for the better following the Senate's approval of Gina McCarthy to serve as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Cl ...

Climate Change and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Expressing her opinion that climate change is no longer about energy efficient behavior but rather about national policy, spiritual leader, Marilyn Sewell argues the importance of what it takes to preserve the ...

Oklahoma Scientists, Christians, Urge Congress To Act On Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Press

July 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Bewley ...

Why We Divested
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

To many, our resolution to divest from fossil fuels was a scandal. So much so that months before the national Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) would consider it a well-funded, all-out campaign to def ...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Here in Washington, when you ask someone “what’s your issue?” you don’t want to know what’s wrong with her or him — you’re asking, what policy issue do you work on? Where is your heart? ...