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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

What Did We Learn From Our Congregation’s Energy Audit?

Editors Note: This article is part of a series on one congregation’s decision to cut its energy usage by conducting an audit. To learn more, check out why they invested in an energy audit and how it was conducted.  Once you congregation decides to invest in an energy audit, and then has one conducted by a professional, […]

February 19th

The Congregational Energy Audit: Getting Ready For Audit Day!

Once your congregation has decided to audit its energy use to find to find cost savings and lighten its environmental impacts, you’ll need to start preparing for the actual audit itself. First, you’ll need to find a professional auditor with the right experience and equipment to assess your campus’ energy use and potential savings. Check […]

Does Your Congregation Need An Energy Audit?

How much energy does your congregation – whether church, mosque, temple, or other – use in a month? If you’ve got members interested in environmental issues, you may already have someone, or a committee, tracking your electricity and gas consumption, and making suggestions for ways to better manage these resources. If you don’t have such […]

Increase Your Holiday Spirit With These 3 Tips

This post is part of Important Media’s More Love, Less Stuff holiday event. We’re sharing ideas to redefine holiday traditions to be less about stuff and more about gratitude, compassion, and love. While it may be the season for holiday cheer, it’s also the season for traveling, buying gifts, attending holiday parties, dealing with difficult […]

December 18th

How to Conserve Water During Wudhu

O Believers! When you prepare for prayers, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads, and your feet to the ankles . . . and [if you] do not find water then betake yourselves to clean earth and wipe your faces and your hands with it. (Qur’an 5:6) Prior […]

August 7th

Fossil Fuel Divestment (Part I: The Whys and Hows)

Moral imperative rests in our hands like a flag praying to be raised in the battle to restore our environment to life-sustaining condition. Systematic mortal damage is being intentionally inflicted by fossil fuel producers on our bodies, our properties, our homeland and our ways of life. As faithful recipients of our Creator’s trust, religious communities […]

July 29th