Dispatches from Davos: Rules for a Global Neighbourhood in a Multicultural World

January 29, 2007, 2:18 am | Posted by

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?

* Jean-François Copé, Minister of Budget and State Reform of France; Government Spokesman, France

* John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University, USA

* Mohammad Khatami, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran (1997-2005)

* Chief Rabbi David Rosen, President, International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Relations, USA

* Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, Sojourners, USA

* H.R.H. Princess Lolwah Al Faisal, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor, Effat College, Saudi Arabia

* Opening Remarks by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Scientists and Christian leaders unite on global warming

January 26, 2007, 12:04 pm | Posted by

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Spreading the Green Word

January 25, 2007, 6:23 pm | Posted by

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.

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What’s New in the Neighborhood? Fate of the Union Faith Blog Roundup

January 24, 2007, 1:57 pm | Posted by

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.

Faithful America invited people to blog their own SOTU.

If you have yet to play around with this cool tool, click here to try out the NYTimes searchable SOTU word frequency database. One can see the rise and fall of certain terms from 2001 through 2007. Try comparing “poverty” to “terror.”

Faithful Progressive liked Sen. Webb’s speech and he’s not the only one. . .

Islamicate points to an article about the Ismailis and Oprah’s humanitarian work in Africa.

Speaking of humanitarian work, Xpatriated Texan argues that it is impossible for someone to deserve to earn a million dollars a year.

Commonweal wonders: Should Popes retire? Apparently JPII seriously considered it as his health began to fail.

Progressive Christians Uniting asks for your help in supporting CAIR clear its reputation via a little mistake by Barbara Boxer.

Jspot writes on Sen. Hillary Clinton and DovBear.

And there’s more on Barack and Hillary over at Faithful Democrats.

Christian Alliance for Progress hosts a blog that wonders by the Religious Right is so unbiblical.

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?

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Get to know: Restoring Eden, a new front in the Christian environmental movement

January 23, 2007, 4:56 pm | Posted by

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.

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