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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

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

This Year’s Yom Kippur Services Influenced by Pope

Today, Jews around the world will celebrate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year in Judaism. For millenia, Jews have marked the occasion by fasting, attending services, and refraining from certain activities. The purpose of the traditions is to atone for sins against God. But some Jews are doing things […]

September 23rd

Catholic Rep. Paul Gosar Is Boycotting the Pope and You Should Care

When House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress in March 2014, he probably thought the Catholic leader played for “Team Republican.” But Boehner’s assumption — as is often the case — was wrong. Pope Francis sounds more like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren than Jeb Bush when […]

September 21st

Do Republican Candidates Care About Science, Voters, or Religion?

This evening, Republican presidential hopefuls will once again take the stage to debate their policies and platforms on issues ranging from immigration, to Obamacare, to Donald Trump. It’s easy to predict what they will say; they’ll call for border fences, an end to affordable healthcare, and blast the man beneath the toupee for his racist and misogynistic […]

September 16th

Obama Fights Zombie Kids With New Initiative

You know what’s scary? Zombie kids — small, pale, motionless blobs with an eerie detachment from the world around them. No one wants to see vacant stares from children; it’s freaky and pretty depressing. But as more and more kids connect to their computers and iPhones, and disconnect from the world around them, the number of zombie kids […]

August 24th

How the Encyclical Compares With the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

This week, Muslim leaders from 20 different countries gathered in Istanbul for the Islamic Climate Change Symposium.  At the end of the two-day summit, attendees released the “Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change.” Released just months after Pope Francis published his environmental encyclical, “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home,” it is hard not to see […]

August 19th

Seneca Lake Defenders Find Inspiration in Pope Francis

In just two months, Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home,” has inspired a lot of good for the environment. Large religious groups divested their holdings from fossil fuel companies. Rabbis came together to promote wind power. Organizations as large as the Girl Scouts, and as small as individual congregations, have […]

August 18th