Get to know the Regeneration Project

December 13, 2006, 7:22 am | Posted by

Recognizing the deep connection between faith and ecology, the Regeneration Project is one of the emerging interfaith grassroots organizations that works directly with congregations in greening houses of worship. In October, it put An Inconvenient Truth in 4000 churches through its state Interfaith Power & Light chapters. According to their web site, “The Interfaith Power and Light effort began in 1998 with Episcopal Power and Light and the support of Grace Cathedral as a unique coalition of Episcopal churches aggregated to purchase renewable energy. In 2001, we co-founded California Interfaith Power and Light, which helps people of faith in California to organize and promote positive environmental change around energy and global warming. Nationally, we are working to establish Interfaith Power and Light programs in every state.”

As a person of faith, here’s 10 things you and your friends can do right now:

1. Sign up your congregation to become an IPL member in your state.

2. Go on a Low Carbon Diet, the 30 day program that helps you lose 5000 pounds. Find out how you can become a cool household by shedding pounds of carbon dioxide from your life.

3. Conduct a home energy audit. Use thermostat settings and insulation to conserve energy with heating, hot water, and air conditioning.

4. Sign up for renewable energy from your utility. In some states there is still no renewable energy to purchase. If this is the case in your state, you can buy wind tags – vouchers to help build wind energy — from Native Energy with whom we have partnered.

5. Ask your religious leader to give a sermon on global warming.

6. Buy energy efficient home appliances and buy a fuel efficient vehicle.

7. Be an Energy Star Congregation by considering ways to improve the efficiency of your buildings and equipment and curtail unnecessary energy use. For information, call 888 STAR-YES.

8. Use a car less and walk, bike, and use mass transit more.

9. Write, call or email your elected officials. Tell them global warming is a religious issue, that the U.S. must participate in strong and fair international agreements and adopt strong national policy. This is the most important thing you can do right now!

10. Stay informed. You can do this by exploring the links on this site. Coming soon! New ideas to help you and your congregation fight global warming.

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Richard Cizik: Belief.net’s Most Inspiring Person of the Year Nominee

December 11, 2006, 3:05 am | Posted by

“The Rev. Richard Cizik is a warrior in a new kind of ‘holy’ war–the battle to get Christians to see the earth as God’s gift and recognize it is their duty to care for it. As vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, an umbrella organization representing some 30 million evangelical Christians, Beliefnet.com’s Most Inspiring Person of the Year nominee Cizik is a Washington lobbyist and leading proponent of “creation care,” the philosophy that caring for the planet and all it holds is biblically mandated duty. It is his job to get evangelicals to think green.”

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VIDEO: Senator Danforth on the Daily Show

December 6, 2006, 7:27 pm | Posted by

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Republican United States Senator from Missouri, John Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest. His most recent book, Faith and Politics: How the “Moral Values” Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together, calls for a new politics of meaning in America.

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What’s new in the neighborhood?

December 5, 2006, 4:22 am | Posted by

Fuller seminarian Gathering In Light answers questions on that great peace community, the Quakers. Speaking about sectarian practice, JSpot points out that Americans need the Shabbat. Why? Because, “Americans stockpiled 421 million days of unused vacation time back in 2005.”

Xpatriated Texan blogs on Rummy’s final points about the Iraq war as reported in the Washington Post and he asks: “Is there anyone who doubts that the Egyptian and Pakistani forces could actually hire and train Iraqi youth?”

Posting “An Anti-Magnificat,” Progressive Christians Uniting writes that “With the Advent season upon us, it’s time to look again at why serious American Christians have no choice but to be part of the loyal opposition to the way our society is organized.”

Commenting on Arthur C. Brooks’ new book entitled “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism.”Pondering on a Faith Journey wonders if conservatism really is compassionate.

Read This Book, eh, hoser?” Pastor Dan posts a very fun article on LiberalOasis.com editor Bill Scher’s new book: “Wait! Don’t Move to Canada. The four main points for a better American future:

* Embrace the L-Word and Win The Center

* Buy Your Share In America (that’s the part I stole – sorry, borrowed -

* Defuse the Culture War, and

* Express Your Faith. Or Not.

CrossLeft keeps the heat on Focus on the Family here.

Mainstream Baptist notes that the Faith-based Initiative is going to get investigated.

On the God’s Politics blog, Alice Scott-Ferguson hopes for an end to hostilities over the roles of women in American culture.

Speaking of women empowerment, Eteraz posts on the recent changes in Pakistan.

The Rev. Eric Elnes’ CrossWalk blog notes that their recent press conference about the Left Behind video game made the national news. Read more here.

And finally, Johnny’s Blog reprints some salient sections from Naomi Wolf’s recent talk at the Institute for Progressive Christianity:

“So I urge you to speak up for this America and avoid the temptation to plug your more progressive theology directly into the political system. It would be just as scary for a religious minority to have legislation providing homeless shelters because legislators argue that Jesus wanted it as it is to have legislation outlawing abortion because Jesus wanted it. What we want are policies based on ethics and ethics can certainly derive from faith. The difference is crucial.”

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Rick Warren’s Take on the Evangelical Agenda

December 4, 2006, 5:18 pm | Posted by

Looks like everyone’s taking notice of Rick Warren and his support for expanding the evangelical agenda–and he’s certainly not afraid to talk about it. On Hanity & Colmes Warren said that he thought “obviously, that Jesus’ agenda is far bigger than just one or two issues. There’s no doubt about that.” And on Tucker he spoke in favor of expanding the agenda because he’s “tired of the church just being known for what it is against. I want to church to be known for what it`s for.” Check out both appearances below.

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