In an era of great change, religion and spiritualism can provide strength and guidance. However, it is vital to strengthen the dialogue among different religions and cultures in order to foster common understanding. In the case of the West and Islam, a growing disconnect poses serious challenges to global order. This session builds on the ongoing dialogue created by the World Economic Forum’s C100 initiative.
1. Will multiculturalism determine national and global politics for the coming generation?
2. What main issues characterize the current West-Islam dialogue? Can concrete actions be taken to resolve differences?
Have a sermon to share about creations care? The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program wants to know about it, and maybe give you a prize! Check out the blurb below for info on the contest and the very cool prize! Click here for all the details.
NCC Environmental Sermon Writing Contest!
It is more important than ever to remind ourselves and our neighbors that we are affecting this planet with each decision we make. We must inspire and mobilize those around us to protect the Earth, for those who cannot protect it themselves. We need words of leadership and actions that demonstrate our care for the plants, animals and resources among us. How will you reach your community?
We invite you to answer this question by participating in our Environmental Sermon Writing Contest. We are looking for sermons that eloquently demonstrate the environmental issues that face God’s creation today, and present ideas that call us to action. The winner will receive a set of brand new Earth Bibles. This contest is open to all members and congregational leaders. Click here for more details and criteria for proposals.
Jim Wallis blogs about the SOTU from the World Economic Forum in Davos. He gauges the reaction during a morning panel discussion and also reports about meeting Nicholas Kristof for the first time. Whether one agrees or not with Jim Wallis on a moral center, it’s good to see more people like Arrianna Huffington excited with him about a fresh and more reasonable faith-based politics.
If you have yet to play around with this cool tool, click here to try out the NYTimessearchable SOTU word frequency database. One can see the rise and fall of certain terms from 2001 through 2007. Try comparing “poverty” to “terror.”
Pam’s House Blend notes the closeness between “homo-hating hag Rep. Michele Bachmann” and President Bush during the SOTU meet-and-greet.
And finally, the great folks who organized Prog Faith Blog Con 2006 are asking around for who has interest in 2007. Velveteen Rabbi recalls: “It was an amazing experience — not only the chance to put faces with names in my blogroll, but also the chance to learn, talk, and pray with a group of really remarkable people from across the religious spectrum.” Then she wonders who is a planner?
I’m a Christian environmental evangelist!, writes Restoring Eden head Peter Illyn.
In an article in the hip environmental journal Grist, Illyn adds he recognizes that “this definition is loaded with stereotypes, both positive and negative, but it best describes what I do — traveling around the country preaching in churches and colleges about the goodness of nature and our sacred duty to love, serve, and protect God’s creation.”
Restoring Eden is a Christian-based networking of people decated to nature appreciation, environmental protection, and public advocacy. They write that: The forests, animals, birds, fish, entire ecosystems, and other wild species have no voice in our modern political arena. We must be that voice. Even native peoples often have little voice.
Restoring Eden focuses on advocating for these marginalized groups. We call it, “taking care of the least of these.” We also facilitate practical service projects that directly benefit the creation and the indigenous peoples that rely on healthy natural resources.
Not the usual faith-based ministry, Restoring Eden is “less about membership and programs, and more about a conversation and a community that lives out the biblical mandate to ‘speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves’ (Proverbs 31:8) as advocates for natural habitats, wild species and indigenous subsistance cultures.”
Restoring Eden is so hip that they have a myspace page – already with over six hundred friends. To learn more about their campaigns, click here.