February 8th, 2012
IPL unites all religions in the fight for a cleaner, more sustainable future.
Interfaith Power&Light, a coalition of religious groups that promotes stewardship of the earth and energy conservation, has organized a Global Warming Preach-In for Feb. 10-12.
The Preach-In is intended to help pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and other faith leaders educate their congregations on how to become better stewards of the earth, thereby answering God’s call to protect life on Earth and provide for continued human existence.
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October 1st, 2008
“Let nothing be wasted.” — John 6:12, The New Testament
By Harriet Blake
Two evangelical groups are in the spotlight for their efforts to improve the environment. The most recent to join the eco-movement is a small group of Southern Baptists whose climate initiative is receiving a lot of press these days.
The Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative (SBECI) got its start with a divinity student, Jonathan Merritt. As the story goes, one day in divinity class, Merritt had an epiphany.
“I was sitting in theology class at Southeastern Seminary [in Wake Forest, N.C.],” he says. “We were discussing how God reveals himself both through scripture and through nature. My professor made the statement that when we destroy God’s creation, which is a form of divine revelation, it is similar to tearing a page out of the Bible.
“That broke me,” says Merritt, “and began a shift in perspective for me.” The 26-year-old son of noted evangelist Dr. James Merritt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, decided that his faith needed to get on board with global warming.
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