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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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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NAE’s Cizik calls on Bush to address the environment in the state of the union

January 22, 2007, 3:51 am | Posted by

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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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On NPR, Richard Cizik discusses emerging evangelical issues

December 21, 2006, 2:17 pm | Posted by

Hosted by Terry Gross on her NRP show Fresh Air, Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, discusses creation care from a pro-life perspective.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

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