Movement roundup: What’s new in the neighborhood?

December 14, 2006, 7:54 am | Posted by

Lenny, over at JSpot, writes on the attempt to “move beyond the parochial “environmental” and “labor” special interests towards a broader progressive vision. This progressive vision, in turn, creates opportunities for strategic collaboration that can build towards a sustainable progressive political majority.”

Progressive Christians Uniting‘s Peter Laarman points out:

“In many moderate to progressive congregations, quite a bit of confusion still persists in respect to the difference between doing charity and doing justice. Many congregations have social witness or social action committees, but a closer look at what that the committee actually does reveals that its operational focus is more on the charity side: connecting church members with various volunteer service opportunities, collecting for the local food pantry, etc. . .It goes without saying that a subset of Christians who start asking hard questions about oppressive systems will run up against others in the congregation who object that raising such issues will move the church into forbidden “political” territory. This is why any social action or social concerns committee, or any clergy leader who wants the church to be about justice, needs to proceed with great care and needs to spend a lot of time educating and preparing congregants for the great leap forward.”

PCU can help.

Pondering the right of Rep. Ellison to swear in on the Qu’ran, Pastor Bob takes on Judge Roy Moore.

Velveteen Rabbi writes about dreams and responsibility.

Pam’s House Blend sends prayers out for Sen. Johnson and his family. . .and the nation!

Islamicate brings more history to bear, pointing out that Muslim Americans are no different than Jews, Italians and Polish Immigrants.

Father Jake Stops the World has a sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent.

Seeing new political things (Obama ’08 or Oh No!) , Xpatriated Texan writes:

“Perhaps that is what brings out the negative comments about Obama. Or perhaps the problem is that they understand that he really doesn’t care about creating a permanent Democratic majority. He just doesn’t seem to “get” the far left of American politics. Or, more to the point, they don’t ‘get’ him.”

The Rev. Deb Haffner blogs on the second evangelical pastor in Colorado to resign over an homosexual affair. Cross and Flame also addresses the situation over at Street Prophets.

CrossWalk America blogger, Rebecca says that’s it’s ok to say that “you’re not ok.”

Clarkson / Talk to Action says, “This is the Time.”

Noting the greening of CEO’s, Mainstream Baptist states: “It is about time that some leaders with national prominence step up to the plate on this issue. Energy experts and petroleum geologists have been warning for some time that we have reached the level of peak oil production and that world supplies are dwindling.”

Jim Wallis deals with the question: “Is America a ‘Christian Nation’?”

add a comment »

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.

add a comment »

Richard Cizik:’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,’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.”

add a comment »

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.

add a comment »

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 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.”

add a comment »