All posts from Robyn Purchia

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Why Not Eating Meat Should Be an Interfaith Issue

In the United States, eating meat is one of the few issues both Democrats and Republicans can support. While Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) may complain about the rising price of ground beef and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) may condemn Burger King for moving its headquarters abroad, the mere issue of eating beef is not a political issue. […]

November 12th

Buddhist Leaders Release Climate Change Statement

Less than a month before the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) is set to begin, UN delegates received another powerful climate change declaration from the global faith community. Signatories to the Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders warn, “We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is […]

November 10th

West Oakland Takes on King Coal

The historic neighborhood of West Oakland, California is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s last bastions of true grit. Local residents have battled unemployment, poverty, and crime. It was here almost 50 years ago that Huey Newton and Bobby Seale drafted the Black Panther Ten Point Program to declare the rights of the African-American community. Now local congregations […]

November 5th

Dalai Lama Says Climate Action Is Logical

Yesterday, the Dalai Lama released a video urging world leaders to take strong action at the UN climate talks starting on November 30 in Paris. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is one of growing number of religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, to call for immediate climate action. While acknowledging humanity’s great accomplishments in the fields […]

October 21st

Two Ways Pope Francis Can Take Climate Action

Remember the excitement you had for the Catholic Church a few short weeks ago? Pope Francis’s trip to the United States whipped us all into a faith-based frenzy, especially when it came to his remarks about climate change and environmentalism. Whether you loved what he said or thought he was being too political, one thing is […]

October 19th

Bernie Sanders Must Read EdenKeeper

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders must read EdenKeeper. At last night’s democratic presidential debate he referenced Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical when asked how he would tackle climate change and acknowledged that climate action is a “moral issue.” His answer stood in stark contrast to other presidential candidates who talked about a green energy revolution and encouraging foreign countries […]

October 14th

Native Americans Protect America

A month ago, President Barack Obama ended a decades long fight over the name of a mountain in Alaska. He sided with Native Alaskans and declared that Mount McKinley will now be called by its original name: Denali. Although Ohio statesmen — the state former President McKinley called home — fought the name change, the move […]

October 5th

Why Nature Makes Us Feel Better

When J. Phoenix Smith lost her job, she became aimless. Her aimlessness, turned into stress, which turned into depression. Like many people who are dealing with difficult times and emotional trauma the options were few: prescription medicine and therapy. But Phoenix chose a different path, specifically around the Northern California hills and through a garden […]

October 1st