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World Day of Prayer Explodes Thanks to Pope Francis

Instead of sending their prayers up to the heavens last week, religious people around the world prayed for the earth on September 1st. For the past 25 years, the Orthodox Church dedicated September 1st, the beginning of the new year in the Orthodox liturgical calendar, to care for the environment. The World Council of Churches […]

September 10th

How to Survive Climate Change the Best Possible Way

What do a government scientist, reverend, fisherman, and farmer all have in common? As Pope Francis wrote in his environmental encyclical, “Praised Be,” they all share a common home. And, as floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms hurt their home with increasing frequency and severity, they all share a common desire to survive and prosper. It’s […]

July 23rd

French President Urged to Take Climate Action by Interfaith Group

The 2015 Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France is a crucial conference. Some scientists have warned that unless an international agreement is reached this year, we may not be able to keep global temperatures below a 2°C average and avoid catastrophic climate change. As host, France is playing a leading role at the […]

July 7th

Drought in California Gets Interfaith Help

As summer arrives here in California, it’s hard to get excited about the long, hot days. Our wild fire season started early this year, with clouds of smoky air darkening the skies all over the state. The extended drought, linked to climate change, makes it hard for farmers to make a living, and Californians used to spending the […]

July 2nd

Infographic: An Interfaith Call for Climate Action

This material was originally published by the Center for American Progress By Lauren Kokum Religious leaders and people of faith have long believed that caring for creation and the planet’s precious resources is an issue of basic justice. Pope Francis articulated the moral crisis of climate change in his highly anticipated encyclical, “Laudato Si,” and […]

July 1st

Interfaith Wisdom for Our Modern Times

Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. (Proverbs 9:1) When Akbar the Great built the Ibidat Khana, or “House of Worship” in the city of Fatehpur Sikri, India during the 16th century, he intended to […]

June 25th

Summary of Pope’s Environmental Encyclical

Pope Francis has released the first ever papal encyclical focused solely on the environment. The document titled, “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home” describes environmentalism as a moral duty for everyone — not just a religious duty for Catholics, or a matter of politics or economics. The much-anticipated, hotly debated, and hugely influential 184-page […]

June 19th

A Successful Vatican Climate Change Forum, Mostly

With a goal of establishing common perspectives between faith leaders, politicians, and scientists, Pope Francis hosted a Climate Change Symposium at the Vatican on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Entitled Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, the interfaith, interdisciplinary symposium was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, […]

May 11th