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10 Happy Little Earth Day Tips and Your Best Ideas Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. People all over this little planet will likely take a few moments this week to thing twice about how their daily routines impact this world. ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

Coffee and Compost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that has my dear husband Joel rolling his eyes. Joel is a good sport. I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that h ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

A World Water Week Warning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the water world. My dad worked for the water department in Dallas and served as director of Austin water and wastewater. I grew up in the water world. My dad worke ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The data is in. The data is in. Kids these days trust the news media as a source for information on global climate change only slightly more than they trust Sarah " I'm ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Father is also merciful." (Luke 6:36) Those who take up the sword must perish by the sword. ...

Regulating Wily Predators in Ecosystems and Economies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been obsessing about coyotes. A breedin ...

Supermarket Moments in the Environmental Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last week I was at the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon. I was sans children, and when that happens a trip to the grocery store can feel like spring break. Last week I was at t ...

Green Your Church
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 9:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The award-winning environmental ministry of Haygood United Methodist Church in Atlanta got started in 2007, when the cl ...

Films to Help Green Your Church
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Burks Willa Paton-Smith Both churches described in the March 2010 article, How To… ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

From Fat Tuesday to a Veggie Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's Fat Tuesday. The height of the Mardi Gras celebration. The pinnacle of Carnaval. The time of year when religious and non-religious types alike trek to places like New Orleans and Rio de Jane ...

Easy Hate, Hard Love, Cornel West, and Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us, "<a href="http://74.125.153.132/quotation/hatred_paralyses_life-love_releases_it-hatred/146458.html">Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. ...

Success, Seminars, and Salvation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Ever since the crash of 2008, I've found mysel ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

Greening the Winter Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This time of year I find myself humming the Olympic anthem throughout the day. The Vancouver games run Feb. 12-28; it is time to start dreaming of mogul runs and bobsled victories. For some reason I h ...

Eternal Payoffs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 10:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tracey Bianchi God’s design for our lives includes stewardship of everything we have received. Most followers of Jesus give of their finan ...

Creating Change in the Midst of Crisis: Re-thinking Our Values
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In past years at Davos, I often found myself in ear ...

Wise Local Living -- Without Leaving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last year I borrowed a copy of Doug Fine's book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812977890?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creat ...

The Afterlife of Trash
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 8:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Weaver-Zercher What is the connection between a mother in Pennsylvania and a mother in northern Canada? ...

An Indigenous Ecuadorian Christian Activist Takes on Big Oil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>Earlier this year, Luis Yanza, who is featured in the documentary </em><a href="http://www.crudethemovie.com/">Crude</a><em>, sat down with Sojourners assistant edit ...

Copenhagen: Done. Next Stop: The U.S. Senate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Here's the bullet on what was achieved here in Copenhagen at the international climate change talks that concluded on Saturday. Here's the bullet on what was achieved he ...

Copenhagen's Train Wreck: Neither Ambitious, Fair, nor Binding
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In cold, sleeplessness and utter frustration, Copenhagen's delegates witnessed a depressing conclusion of the glacial-speed negotiations on climate change. In cold, sleepless ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

Crunch Time for World Leaders at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The rhetoric soared today as rich nation leaders -- UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton -- urged completion of a deal to slow global warm ...

Climate Justice Clips: Reversing the Magnificat in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.350.org/">350</a> might be the most important number in the world at the moment. 350 might be the most important number in the world ...

Why Climate Change Matters to the Lives of the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

World Vision is at the Copenhagen climate change talks because this is no longer an environmental crisis alone, but a deepening humanitarian crisis. World Vision is at the Copenha ...

Climate Justice Clips: Archbishop Rowan Williams on 'Fashioning a Christian Response' to the Climate Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Many would have read reports of Rowan Williams's wonderful sermon in Copenhagen. Below are some of my favorite quotes. What some may have missed is this fantastic talk he gave. Pencil in sometime ...

Cap-and-Trade's Bubble Trouble
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> There's a lot of debate, in Copenhagen and els ...

High Drama and Delicate Negotiations in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a day of high drama where Africa walked out, suspended talks, and then later in the day returned after the Danish facilitators took on some of their concerns. Yester ...

Nigerian Anti-Corruption Activists Demand: Let the Sun Shine in
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Part 2 of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Climate Justice Clips: More of Tutu's Message to Copenhagen, 'Join the Winning Side'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sometimes the EPYC team leave workshops in really rough government schools feeling inspired. Other times we leave feeling like we have been wrestling with the cycles of poverty and violence that rest ...

Video from Copenhagen: Worshipping and Marching with Desmond Tutu
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A report from the cathedral where Desmond Tutu spoke, and a section from Tutu's speech to the crowd that marched through Copenhagen:</p> <p> Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Au ...

A Day to Pray in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sunday was officially a day of rest for delegates at Copenhagen who took a break from the Bella Centre.</p> Sunday was officially a day of rest for delegates at Copenhagen w ...

Halliburton and the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Part I of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Copenhagen: Three Global Factions and a Volatile Mix of Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In search of a global ethic and political will, in freezing weather and the most dispiriting cavernous building under cold grey Copenhagen skies, this search by 34,000 people with 3500 press observ ...

Climate Justice Clips: Burning for Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As we reflect on the current economic crisis and the Copenhagen Climate Summit, I'm reminded of the documentary <a href="http://www.theburningseasonmovie.com"><em>The Burning Season& ...

Climate Justice Clips: The Real Conspiracy at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"This is analogous to the indulgences that the Catholic Church sold in the middle ages. The bishops collected lots of money and the sinners got redemption. Both parties liked that arrangement des ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Okay, so if Amos was to show up today and deliver his poetic-prophetics in the body of a skinny, pale, spectacled, over-educated English environmental analyst, he might look something like the amazing ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip is one of my favourites. This is from an awesome mob called <a href="https://smartmeme.rdsecure.org/">"smartMeme,"</a> a collective that shares much in common ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip comes from a fantastic collective that is putting into practice Gandhi's words: "Under certain circumstances, fasting is [a] weapon God has given us for use in times of utter helpl ...

Dive!: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dumpster Diving but Were Afraid to Ask
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A confession: When I first saw publicity for <a href="http://divethefilm.com/">Dive!</a> I forwarded it to my main dumpster diving partner with the subject line: "great.&quo ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Unlike the other clips we've been showing in this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/cop15/"> "countdown to COP15,"</a> Empowering Peacemakers hasn't shown thi ...

Obama's Afghanistan Policy and Christian Political Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On the eve of the election last November, I wrote <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-pro-life-christian-thats-why-im.html">a thinly-veiled endorsement of Barack Obama </a&g ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 5
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video features three heroes of mine and courageous Christian leaders, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai and Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, talking about the importance of climate justice for the poorest of t ...