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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 “ ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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. ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Faith Leaders Testify In Support Of EPA's Clean Power Plan
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Heather Adams ...

Testimony: The Word Demands the Renewal of Creation
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 1:36pm | 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 ...

3 Faith & Climate Takeaways From The Sojourners Summit
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Tim Fink ...

Why Union’s Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels Matters
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 12:16pm | 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 ...

Taking Climate Change Seriously
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Press

June 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Taking Climate Change Seriously
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 10:42am | 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 — ...

Rabbi Gutow Joins Climate Change Summit
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Press

May 22, 2014 Sojo in the News San Diego Jewish World ...

Turning The Corner - Holiday Weekend Details - String Of 80s Next Week
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Press

May 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Douglas ...

The Bible Calls For Moral Action On Climate Change
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 1:07pm | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Who Will Take Personal Responsibility for Denying Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:21pm | 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 ...

VIDEO: What is a Watershed?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What is a watershed? And why does it matter? All Americans live in an area serviced by one waters ...

Listen for the Groaning; Then Worship!
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:01pm | 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 ...

Four Ways to Talk About the Environment as an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

When facing a crisis, silence is certainly easiest. But silence isn’t best. As we face some very challenging environmental issues, evangelicals must learn to begin to discuss the environmental crisis with crea ...

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life, Death, and the Environment
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 2:53pm | 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. ...

One Year Later, Examining Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 1:48pm | 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 - 1:36pm | 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 - 2:30pm | 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 - 2:00pm | 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 ...

4 Ways the Shutdown Is Making Us Less Green
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 3:13pm | 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 ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:54am | 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 - 8:52am | 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 ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:37am | 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 - 1:23pm | 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 ...

I Would Walk 100 Miles — Grandparents Lead Climate Allies in Walk to D.C. for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 7:26am | 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. ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Then the story of humanity turns in the span of one chapter. And it all hinges on how the first humans interact with a tree — a part of God’s creation. Have you ever heard someon ...

Evangelism After the Storm
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

People of faith in particular must stop trying to figure out the letter of God’s law, and engage in the spirit of God’s law – a law that demands love and respect as standards of care for all of God’s creation, ...

As the World Turns, Congress Stands Still on Climate
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 6:25am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress are already taking steps to decry the president’s plan as a “war” – on coal, on American energy, and yes, even on America itself. Forget about future gen ...

A Pattern For Change
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Each individual and congregation is unique, but there is a different dynamic present in churches working for creative change than in the churches that are stuck. The issue is solved not by more study, but ofte ...

Why Am I Flying to Kenya When I Have So Much Work to Do At Home?
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Is there anything more important to us than the air we take into our lungs every few seconds? The water that keeps us and all living things going? The soil that roots our food and our communities? Or the weath ...

Biblical Economics and Ecology for the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The Bible calls for an entire year of rest for the land and its workers, every seventh year. Deuteronomy adds that in that year, everyone’s debts are annulled. (Deut. 15: 1-3). Thus the Bible sees economics an ...

On Scripture: Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

Some Christians have a tendency to think, “Well, if I’m off to heaven, I shouldn’t care much about this silly earth of ours. It’s just a temporary home, after all.” Have you ever ...

After Giving up Alcohol, I’m Addicted to Lent
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

This spring, I gave up alcohol for Lent, the forty days of penitence between Ash Wednesday and Easter. And now almost one week after the Alleluias and Easter baskets, I may be addicted to Lent. ...

Major Oil Spill in Suburbia Shows Risk of Pipelines
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Residents of Mayflower, Ark., spent Easter weekend evacuated from their homes as Exxon Mobil attended to a major oil spill from a crude oil pipeline. Residents of Mayflower, Ark., ...

Keystone XL Would Divide Jobs, Conquer Low-Income and Native American Communities
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

When it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil and gas industry want you to believe that you have to choose between jobs and prairie grass. This tactic is called the “divide and conquer” or “divide and rul ...

God’s Earth is Crying Out; God’s People, Responding, Must Prepare for Jail
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

God’s creation is in danger; and to call upon the powers of the world to heal it, God’s people are prepared to go to jail. God’s creation is in danger; and to call upon the pow ...

Keystone Pipeline Will Be Stopped By A Miracle
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

An estimated 200 people of faith gathered in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning in preparation for the Forward on Climate Rally on the National Mall. The brief prayer service preceded the larger rally of an e ...

Sawdust and Mistaken Identity
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

I had a happy childhood, with few moments of true anguish. One that I will always remember, though, is when they cut down the tree on Euclid Street.  I had a happy childhood, wit ...

Video: ‘Developing Tar Sands Means Losing Control of the Climate’
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

“If we fully develop the tar sands, we will certainly lose control of the climate. We will get to a point where we can not walk back from the cliff,” says climate scientist Dr. John Abraham. The Keystone XL pi ...

A Little Climate Change Pleasure Reading
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

This winter, fiction revealed truth about climate change. This winter, fiction revealed truth about climate change.   As a teacher, I relish the escape provided by pleasure r ...

The Story Is in the Glacier: 'Chasing Ice'
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

The film Chasing Ice is the story of their Extreme Ice Survey as they place time-lapse cameras on glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Montana, and Alaska, and watch as they disappear. ...

The Deadly Misnomer of 'Fossil Fuels'
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Calvin B. DeWitt Just because you can set something on fire doesn't mean you should. COAL, NATURAL gas, ...