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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 ...

'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 ...

Time for Confession—and Action
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben We stood by as our addiction to fossil fuel ran Genesis in reverse. THE NEWS IN mid-May was gri ...

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 ...

We Can't Afford Dirty Energy: Thoughts on Turkey, Appalachia, and Humility
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

We can’t afford dirty energy. It’s costing precious lives. We need to respond to the wonders of God’s creation with humility and obedience to God’s will. Two weeks ago in Soma, Tu ...

The Bible Calls For Moral Action on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Our vocation—our calling—is to partner with God in preserving and sustaining the earth with all the creatures and species that God has made. The word used in most translations is “dominion,” and the true meani ...

Earth Week: A Witness To God's Glory
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Press

April 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

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 ...

Oil-Covered Birds, Andrew Bird, and a Chance for Redemption
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We must move away from watching in horror briefly when an oil spill makes the news, and recognize that this is an ongoing problem. Andrew Bird is one of my favorite musicians. I l ...

Stewardship: Being in and Working with Creation
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

When you hear about stewardship in church, you probably think of your checkbook. Stewardship is the term we use to talk about financially supporting our churches and organizations. But another holy use of the ...

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 ...

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. ...

Challenge and Disruption
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

After nearly 50 years of relentless decline in mainline churches, business as usual is a sinking ship. The way forward lies in fresh ideas, turnaround strategies, entrepreneurial enthusiasm for risk, and learn ...

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 ...

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. ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

June 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Finding the integral relationship between your own personal good and the common good is your best contribution to our future. And it is the best hope we have for a better life together. ...

'Fiddling While the World Burns:' A Faithful Response to Partisan Gridlock
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to people of faith who are watching and speaking up for the care of creation, Gina McCarthy’s nomination will now proceed to the entire Senate floor. By calling on Congress to work for the common good, ...

The Lord Will Destroy the Destroyers of the Earth (Rev. 11:18)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Reflection and restraint, for millennia, have been the twin pillars of historic conservatism. Not now. We in our era have accomplished something no other civilization would have c ...

Biblical Economics and Ecology for the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 12:38pm | 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 - 10:01am | 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 ...

'The impacts are quite severe on the ground'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Victor Mughogho Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast A ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

At Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis Calls for Defending Environment, Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to ...

Climate Rallies and a Golfing President
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

In what can be described as a thought-provoking twist of irony, while thousands marched past the White House to move the president “Forward on Climate,” President Obama was out golfing, which just so happens t ...

Climate Change: An Opportunity to Act
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

In faithfulness to our role as stewards of God’s creation, the time is upon us to recognize climate change for what it is: the defining global issue of our generation. In contras ...

A Tropical Quest
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press. ...

On Scripture: Climate Change and Setting the World on Fire
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

In a world where climate change is evidenced in super storms, wildfires, heat waves, droughts and floods, it is urgent that people of faith return to our first responsibility of being stewards of the world in ...

Getting to Green
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society. IN THE FO ...

Climate Change at Christmastime: Hug a Tree!
Originally Posted: 12/24/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

We can rest easy – the live Christmas tree industry that has developed since that time is actually a benefit to the global climate. Some of my environmentally conscious friends h ...

Come Hell and High Water
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Superstorm Sandy left behind an indelible image of the future. IF IT WASN'T the year from ...

Voting: Responsibility or Privilege?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Next week I will vote for the first time in a presidential election. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen two years ago, giving up my Korean passport, my (not)green card, and pledging allegiance after having li ...

In Sandy’s Wake, Can We Now Create a Hurricane of Social Change?
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

It is not surprising that our purely secular “environmental” movements have played out their ability to change society. For the changes we need to undertake are not only technological and political, but deeper ...

Cue the Math: McKibben’s Roadshow Takes Aim at Big Oil
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

McKibben and 350, the folks who brought us the Keystone XL pipeline protests, are now calling for a nationwide divestment campaign aimed at fossil fuel companies’ bottom line. It ...

Climate Change, Poverty, Distractions, and Denial
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

As Jesus calls upon humankind to “love thy neighbor," and as the Old Testament prophets remind us to strive for justice, we recognize that within a deeply connected world “neighbor” implies all that God h ...

Returning to a Green Orthodoxy
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Preaching the Word

Psalms 148:1-14 Leviticus 19:9-10 Leviticus 23:22 Genesis 2:7 ...

A Conversion of Connections in the Global Village
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

As an expression of faith, and in response to the gracious love of God and call to follow Jesus, the time has come to function in ways that restore the global village into that which God is calling it to be. W ...

Religious Roots of Trees Branch into Many Faiths
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards have religious roots. SALT LAKE CITY — Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards ...

Summer Lovin’ and Creation at Church Camp
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Summer camp integrated me into a Christian community that sought to reconcile humans with creation. In my family, working at church camp in the summer meant falling in love with t ...

Black Friday: The Anti-Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Even if Black Friday were not so terrible for working families, and even if it did not threaten to steamroll Thanksgiving under the weight of Christmas-season merchandising, I would still be opposed to it. Bla ...

When the White House Calls to Say, "OK, You Win."
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

This pipeline is a climate killer. It is morally right for President Obama to delay this decision until he can deny the permit. It didn’t take long — after news broke this afterno ...

Obama's Delay in Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Victory for God's Earth
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 7:16pm | Type: Blog

President’s Obama’s delay in approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is a victory for the movement to stop it, for God’s Earth, for the possibility of reversing climate change, and for saving the integrity of this ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...