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Results for Environmental Stewardship

State Department's Final Review of Keystone XL: Negligible Impact?
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Looking at the immediate media coverage following the release of the review, many say it paves the way for the pipeline’s approval, because it finds no significant immediate impact on climate change. Pipeline ...

Talking to Evangelicals About Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Liz Schmitt What works, what doesn’t, and how best to frame the conversation. IN 2013, Sojourners commission ...

Canada's Mining Dominance
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Today, Canadian companies account for 75 percent of mining worldwide, and their practices are rife with abuse. ...

Ham-on-Nye Debate Pits Atheists, Creationists
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Bill Nye may be “The Science Guy,” but Ken Ham is the “Answers in Genesis” man, and a debate between the two over the origins of life has nonbelievers and Christians wringing their hands. ...

What Good Is a Bridge If We Never Cross It?
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama called natural gas a bridge, but what good is a bridge if we don’t take sufficient steps to cross it? Energy policy and climate change action are inexorably linked ...

Animal Rights Activists Push Vatican Not to Release Doves 'to Certain Death'
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

After two doves released by Pope Francis and two young children were attacked by aggressive predator birds, a leading animal rights group called on the pontiff to stop what they called “outdated traditions.” ...

Green Burials Reflect a Shift to Care for the Body and Soul
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

John B. Johnson envisions a different sort of send-off for himself: a “green burial” that draws both upon his faith and his commitment to the environment. Growing up in small-town ...

West Virginia: Where Energy Rules, Subjects Suffer
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The national exposure of the West Virginia chemical spill needs to be a catalyst for national pressure to protect our people from King Coal and his court. I’ll be upfront and admi ...

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 ...

February 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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February 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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Obama's Two Faces on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben The president has sought to placate the rich, powerful fossil fuel industry. PHYSICS IS IMPLACA ...

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)
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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)
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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

With her gray hair tied neatly in a bun and her wire-rimmed glasses perched thoughtfully on her nose, Ellen Davis looks the part of a distinguished Bible scholar. With her gray ha ...

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 ...

"Create in me a green (heart)" tote bag
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Product

When you purchase this stylish tote bag, you not only show your support for stewarding God’s creation, but you directly i ...

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 ...