Muslim-American Views on Climate Change: A National Survey

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The Muslim-American Views on Climate Change: A National Survey is a survey conducted by the Islamic Society of North America, in coordination with ecoAmerica. It is meant to measure the attitudes of Muslim-American communities about climate change and its causes, impacts, and responses.  A clear message from the Qur’an states that unhealthy and unsustainable lifestyle will disrupt the balance that God created on planet earth and the negative repercussions are detrimental to all of creation. From the 30th chapter of the Qur’an:

”Corruption has flourished on land and sea as a result of people’s actions and He will make them taste the consequences of some of their own actions so that they may turn back” (30:41).

To read more on the Muslim-America views on climate change, click here.

Sisters of Earth: Hopes and Dreams

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How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, is the subtitle of Joanna Macy’s book Active Hope, which was the inspiration for Sisters of Earth gathering that took place July 12-15 at Mount Saint Joseph, home of the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati was chosen as the location partly because of the ancestral inspiration of Sister of Charity Paula Gonzalez, who promoted solar power and sustainability projects and teachings throughout the Catholic world. This year, nearly 100 women from the United States and Canada began by remembering Sister Paula and discussing questions like: Who are we? Where are we? How did we get here and what is possible? And — where do we go from here? To read more on the Sisters of Earth and the Cincinnati gathering, click here.

Laudato Si’ in Spoken Word

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Laudato Si’ in Spoken Word is a poem video of Pope Francis’s teaching on the environment. It is meant to convey the essence of the Pope’s encyclical in a multimedia representation. It also includes a discussion guide to accompany the video. To watch the video or download the discussion guide, click here.

Green Churches Three Year Plan

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Green Churches Network plans to expand their organization, and to help them do so, they have created a Three Year Plan. The Three Year Plan, 2017 to 2020, includes expanding green churches, increasing education activities, and more. The plan lays out Green Churches goals year by year and includes what actions they will take to reach them. The plan also describes the positive impacts these actions will have. To view the entire plan, click here.

Activities on Spirituality of Creation

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Activities on Spirituality of Creation is a faith education activity from Green Churches Network. They believe that the continuity of the Church depends on preaching the gospel and the continuity of the biodiversity on the planet will require our appreciation and care for creation. They offer two different activities: one about the seven days of creation and another focused on seeking the Kingdom of God. To read or download these activities, click here.

Prayers about Creation

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Prayers about Creation is a resource from the Green Churches Network. It includes links to longer prayers and their own shorter prayers as well. They believe that people should follow the example of Jesus withdrawing into nature to pray and encourage everyone to praise God with all creatures. To read more about Prayers about Creation, click here.

Green Tips

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Green Tips is a resource from the Green Churches Network that offers a way to build awareness about the environment in faith communities. They offer tips for every month that are based on passages from the Bible.  They are meant to be published in a monthly newsletter or bulletin board. To read more on Green Tips, click here.

Season of Creation October 4th: Evening Prayer with St. Francis of Assisi

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The Season of Creation comes to a close on the 4th of October, which is known as the Feast of St. Francis. To celebrate this day, and the end of the Season of Creation, this resource includes readings, prayers, and reflections.  The theme for this resource focuses on kinship with creation and how the harmony between the Creator, humanity and creation as a whole has been disrupted by humanity presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations. To read more, click here.