Climate Change: We Are Responsible (Acts 11:1-18)

By Rev. Jes Kast-Keat.This week people around the country will participate in Earth Day activities. Kids will come home with a tree sapling to plant in their yards. City classrooms will head out on their sidewalk and pick up trash. People will compost and recycle the waste that has gathered. Some of us may gather at rallies celebrating our responsibility in earth care. Others of us will head to lectures where we will hear that “Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on Climate Change: Hearing the Cries of Earth and the Poor (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

By Keith Anderson.Facts about climate change and poverty. Last week Pope Francis issued a blockbuster papal encyclical on the environment called “Praised Be.” It is the pope’s clarion call to address what he describes as an urgent global environmental crisis. Sweeping in scope, it addresses the many dimensions of environmental degradation and the devastating toll it is taking on people, communities, and nations.  He writes, “It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter…can help us to acknow … [Read more...]

In the Beginning and In the End: Christians and Climate Change (Genesis 1:1-5)

By Eric D. Barreto.Creatures "mentioned" in the Book of Genesis that are threatened by climate change. In the beginning, God created the world. In the beginning, God drew order out of chaos. In the beginning, God breathed life into every living creature. In the beginning, God crafted and made the world. In contrast, it seems like we as a people are committed to leading the world back into chaos, to recreating the world in our distorted image. We seem determined to create a world … [Read more...]

What If the Earth Was God’s Vineyard? (Matthew 21:33-46)

By Shanell T. Smith.   Faith groups join in the People's Climate March.  Dare to go there with me, if you will. What if we imagine God’s vineyard as described in Matthew 21 to be this beautiful world we inhabit? What will happen if we reject it—if we continue to treat it with disrespect, fail to listen to its natural woes, dismiss the warning signs it gives us? What if God is keeping score? Oh. Dear. Might I remind us all, that if we do not tend to this earth, we are only … [Read more...]

Developing a Moral Vision for Climate Change: Overview of the Planet

By Ingrid Esther Lilly.Creatures "mentioned" in the Book of Genesis that are threatened by climate change.Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Safeguard Creation, because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!” The IPCC, NASA, the AAAS, and an overwhelming majority of scientific societies strongly warn of the human causes of climate change. The near universal scientific consensus is that our activity endangers the stability of the planet’s future.Last M … [Read more...]

What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse (Rev. 21:1-6)

By Rev. Adam J. CopelandHow Religious Leaders Are Taking Charge of the EnvironmentalCongregations should be leading the environmental movement, says the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, president of the Regeneration Project. Interfaith Power & Light, which mobilizes a religious response to global warming, promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.Have you ever heard someone described as, “So heavenly minded, he was no earthly good?” This … [Read more...]


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