Thirty State Religious Groups Speak Up for a Toxic-Free World. Faith-based organizations signed a letter calling on Congress to recognize risks related to unregulated toxic-chemicals. They want to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that chemicals are safe before they end up in products we use in our homes and houses of worship. Read the letter and the interfaith press release.
McCormick Seminary launches certificate in environmental ministry and leadership. Click here for the story.
U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops Welcome Standards for Reducing Hazardous Emissions, citing protection of human life and God's Creation as prime concerns. Read the press release and statement here.
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Are you a chaplain, parish health minister, pastor, or lay ministry leader? Sign this letter to Congress asking for a national chemical policy that will protect the health of the families to whom you minister.
Calling all elders to speak up for children's health: Protect today's children and future generations from toxic chemicals and chronic illness. Click here to read and sign the letter that will be hand delivered to Congress.
Protect the Clean Air Act. Right now, elected officials are trying to undermine the Clean Air Act and limit its ability to regulate pollution. Click here to ask your U.S. Senators to safeguard communities and God's Creation by protecting the Clean Air Act.
Call for Environmental and Economic Justice for the Bristol Bay in Alaska. The world's largest open-pit gold and copper mine is being built at the headwaters of rich salmon-filled waters, despite opposition from Alaskan Natives. Click here to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to save the Bristol Bay.
Seeking Churches Doing Excellent Inter-faith Eco-Justice Ministry. The NCC is calling for nominations of churches that do excellent inter-faith work. We can think of a few churches in our eco-justice network who would be great candidates. Find more information about how to nominate a church here.
You are invited to take a survey about what religious Americans think about climate change. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and your answers are confidential. Your answers will contribute to the dissertation research of Duke PhD student Jack Zhou. Click here to take the survey. Contact Jack Zhou at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
Submit an Entry to Earth Ministry's St. Francis Creation Care Sermon Contest. Entries are due July 31st. Click here to learn more.
2011 Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC) National Conference: “God’s Earth: Too Big to Fail? An Eco-Justice Conversation between Faith, Science and Culture.” August 31 – September 3, 2011 at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center near Estes Park, Colorado. Click here for more details.
2011 Community of Christ Peace Colloquy, “Creating Hope, Healing Earth.” October 21-23, Independence, Missouri. Click here to learn more.
Renewal Summit: Students Caring for Creation. October 20-23 at Houghton College in Houghton, NY. Click here for more information.
Leaps and Bounds: a one-woman show about Sabbath Economics and Ecological Justice. Developed and performed by Tevyn East, and written in part by Ched Myers and Carl Magruder, the show has received enthusiastic feedback from almost 100 churches, colleges, seminaries and community centers. Watch the trailer here. For more information about the show and booking a performance, go to the website here.
Guide on Healthy Aging for Congregations The National Council of Churches has released Healthy Aging for an Abundant Life, an education, action, and worship guide that is great for Christian and interfaith audiences. While the guide is geared towards seniors, there is something in it for everyone. There are also tips for grandparents and parents of small children. Download it here or request a hard copy here.
Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences releases study "Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene." The report opens with a call for "all people and nations to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other land uses." Read the report here.
Calling All Environmental Stewardship Leaders in the PC(USA). You are invited to join the Environmental Ministries Action Network (EMAN), which works to inspire and equip Presbyterians to care for God’s earth. As a member, you will help increase the channels of communication between PC(USA) Environmental Ministries and congregations and presbyteries with environmental stewardship programs. Click here for more information.
Interfaith Center for Sustainability offers Social Sustainability Resource Guide for companies. Click here to download.