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Dispatches from Upside Down World

February 22nd, 2012

Some days, there’s so much nonsense floating by. This is when I say we’ve slipped into Upside Down World, where we humans seem willing to push the planet to absurd extremes, risking our survival, because we’re just too stupid, greedy, stubborn or short-sighted to find better ways.
Take Rick Santorum telling his audiences that the earth is here for man, not the other way around.
I don’t think Santorum is stupid or greedy, but like most politicians, he’s working an angle. With this earth/man pitch, he’s obviously trying to appeal to Christians who believe that “man” (I would have once assumed that included woman; not so sure this week) has been placed by God to be above all other creatures, and therefore all things on earth.

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Interfaith Power & Light promotes Global Warming Preach-In

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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Keeping the faith in green — and agitating — in Arkansas

October 1st, 2009

By Harriet Blake

For a fledgling environmental group, Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light has hit the ground running.

The two-week-old organization called on people of faith this week to phone their Arkansas congressmen – Democratic Senators Blanche Lincoln and Sen. Mark Pryor – to urge them to “protect Creation and public health by voting for the Clean Jobs and American Power Act.”

The act, which reached the Senate floor Wednesday, was introduced by U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The legislation aims to help develop clean energy jobs, reduce pollution and protect U.S. security by improving national energy production and fighting global climate change.

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Faith in environmentalism: landscaper and author Michael Abbate

April 27th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Michael Abbate embraces two worlds. As a co-founder of a landscape architectural firm and an urban planner, he’s a dedicated environmentalist. As a spiritual man, he’s a committed to creation care. In his new book, Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your life and Our World, (WaterBrook Press, 2009) he combines both.

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Evangelicals becoming shepherds of the Earth

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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