Faith and science share distress over climate change

January 18, 2007, 1:08 pm | Posted by

Increasingly, evangelical leaders are finding common cause with scientists to address the climate change crisis. Check out the video below for a discussion featuring Rich Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals on the topic, FPL’s Resouce Page on the environment, and our Best Practice study of the Evangelical Environmental Network.

Unfortunately, the current Administration has thus far failed to respond to this worsening crisis. By forming this unusual alliance with scientists, these evangelical leaders– who believe it is their moral obligation to preserve God’s creation — hope to convince the President and Congress to confront this growing threat.

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Two views on American Blacks and Jews

January 16, 2007, 1:06 am | Posted by

This week as people celebrated the lives and mourned the deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Heschel, Mik Moore writes:

“In the 2000s, we have seen a renaissance of local Jewish groups committed to social and economic justice issues, often working closely with local black and Latino groups. Many of these organizations were formed by local Jewish activists saddened by deteriorating relationships between Jews and communities of color, and angered by the Jewish role in this deterioration. Groups like the Progressive Jewish Alliance in California have been particular successful at rebuilding burnt bridges and reestablishing trust between communities.”

Unfortunately some national politicians continue to lash out and stereotype both groups. Today, a Virginia state blog reports,

“Bloggers who oppose the Slavery Apology resolution have acquired a champion of sorts. His name? Delegate Frank Hargrove (R-55th, Hanover).

When asked what he thought of the resolution by The Daily Progress’ Bob Gibson, Hargrove reportedly replied: “I personally think that our black citizens should get over it.”

Gibson reports on Hargrove’s opposition today in The Daily Progress. Hargrove says some pretty interesting things. The quote of the day?

How far do these calls for apologies go, wondered Hargrove, a member of the House Rules Committee that could take up McEachin’s resolution as early as Wednesday.

“Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?”

Clearly we’ve still got a long way to go.

During 2006 and already this year provides some terrible examples of the racism that rides below the surface in many parts of America. From George Allen, Mel Gibson, Michael Richards to Rep. Virgil Goode and Rep. Hargrove – now’s the time to realize that multifaith and multi-ethnic American dream for which Abraham Heschel and Martin Luther King marched together.

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Martin Luther King Jr. preaches for peace

January 15, 2007, 12:36 pm | Posted by

As has been pointed out many times, too often we forget that Dr. King fought the very idea of war as a solution to conflict. As America sends another 20,000 troops off to Iraq against the majority will of the people, let us remember his prophetic words: “this business. . .cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.”

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What’s New in the Neighborhood?

January 12, 2007, 1:11 pm | Posted by

The video is from a CBC story on Food Not Bombs via God’s Politics.

JSpot notes the connection between Black Power and Jewish Power. On that note, NCC Interfaith Relations remembers Abraham Joshue Heschel with a great photo with Dr. King.

After its attack on the National Council of Churches, the Rev. Chuck Currie nails the far right Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Over at Street Prophets, Pastor Dan raises the issue of a “Mormon” president and atheists.

Also over at Street Prophets, M. Kotyk writes about life at $7.25 an hour.

CrossLeft wonders along with Bob Edgar, what part of blessed are the peacemakers don’t they understand?

Also, if you are a seminarian or know of one, check out the paid summer fellowships funded by the Beatitudes Society (disclosure, I also work with the Beatitudes Society, great folks BTW.)

Mainstream Baptist sees some emerging racial reconcialiation among Baptists.

Care about the concept of separation of churuch and state? Recently the blogoshere has probed what that means via a piece in the Times by Mara Vanderslice. Read Talk to Action on it here. Mara Vanderslice responds here on Street Prophets. In counterpoint to that, Frederick Clarkson worries about losing a core principle. At Faithful Democrats, Jesse Lava also gets into the frey and sides with Mara.

Blog the Debt heads off to Kenya and Zambia.

Pam’s House Blend raises more questions about what really happened along the Gulf Coast and the lack of documentation.

Recovering Rabbi Rachel writes about the echo:

“You know how in musicals, characters break into song seemingly at random, usually with no awareness that there’s anything strange about singing at any or every moment of the day? Being at Ohalah is a little bit like that, and as I reflect on what it feels like to be heading home, I think leaving the singing behind may be the hardest part.”

And onto the escalation in Iraq, Thurman, the Xpatriated Texan, writes about A Debacle By Any Other Name.

And finally, the Christian Alliance for Progress, notes that the Hartford study suggests that Progressive congregations are growing.

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The next generation of faith and politics

January 11, 2007, 1:32 am | Posted by

Recently the Generation Next project at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released some new findings on emerging trends in religion and politics for 18-25 year-olds.

First, they point out that “forty-four percent of young American adults agree that religion is a very important part of their lives.”

Often this faith is tied to what the next generation grew up with, but increasingly, the study finds that many attitudes toward other religions are changing. What I find significant is that attitudes toward some of the hot button issues of the past couple of decades seem to be shifting away from interest in the agenda of the religious right.

For instance, study director Judy Woodruff points out:

“In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of young adults feel that conservative Christians have gone too far in trying to impose their religious values on the country.

And even young evangelicals sometimes question their elders when it comes to issues like abortion and gay marriage. Support for Democratic candidates by young, white evangelicals jumped 10 percent this past election, a bigger increase than any other age group.”

Check out the PBS resources and streaming video here.

Also, Get Religion takes a critical eye to the paucity of specific examples.

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