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  • Male Clergy Preaching in an outdoor setting

    That’ll Preach!

    We are living in a climate changed world and the impacts are increasing in frequency and severity. Climate change intersects with and impacts everything we care about, from our health and food security to the economy and racism…

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    Celebrating Earth Day

    Spring has arrived in Kentucky where I live, and it is nourishing my spirit. The chirping of the birds, the scurrying of the squirrels, the beauty of the landscape, and the sunshine make my heart sing and give my body energy. Spring weather calls me outside and reminds me of the sacredness of the earth…

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  • Faith Can Transform the Climate Movement

    Faith Can Transform the Climate Movement

    As long as I can remember, I have felt the Holy’s presence through nature. As a child, I spent a lot of time in the mountains. While I would not have been able to describe it in words then…

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  • One World

    One World

    When I served as a congregational pastor, I sometimes used the string game with groups of youth or adults to demonstrate our connectedness. The string activity requires that the group stand in a circle throwing a ball of string back and forth across the circle while holding on to your piece of the string…

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  • 2023, The year for climate action!

    2023, The year for climate action!

    For the first time in my life as a climate-faith leader, I don’t feel as if I am walking while leaning forward against a strong wind. A shift has taken place recently that feels as if the strong wind has been reduced to more of a breeze, and at times it is even against my…

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  • White House Meeting

    White House Meeting

    My journey of creation care advocacy began in 1987 when I followed the Garbage Barge (https://www.retroreport.org/video/voyage-of-the-mobro-4000/) on the news. That situation propelled me to act. I began working in the American Baptist Church, USA to help “green congregations” and serve on the board of Creation Justice Ministries. I worked with the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network which…

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  • A School Bus for Kivalina, AK: The Consequences of Climate Change

    A School Bus for Kivalina, AK: The Consequences of Climate Change

    On November 9, 2022, the children of Kivalina, a small Inupiaq village on the coast of the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean in Western Alaska, rode a bus to school for the first time ever. There has never been a school bus in the village of Kivalina, a community of about four hundred people…

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  • How Creation Care Fared at COP27

    How Creation Care Fared at COP27

    The 27th Conference of Parties (COP) (https://cop27.eg/#/), attended by over 35, 000 people, took place November 6 – 20th in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. These global gatherings on climate were established at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Annual COP meetings are held…

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  • When the Land Owns Us

    When the Land Owns Us

    Edgar Villanueva, a non-profit leader and member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, wrote the book, Decolonizing Wealth, to share indigenous wisdom about the ways we acquire, manage, and spend money. At one point, he quotes the philosopher Derek Rasmussen, who observed, “What makes a people indigenous? Indigenous people believe they belong to the…

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  • Voting as an Act of Faith

    Voting as an Act of Faith

    Climate is on the ballot for every election, including the November 8, 2022 election. These 2022 midterms can make or break our future to live in a safe and healthy world. One of the most important things that we can do to solve the climate crisis is to vote for candidates who want to protect,…

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  • Sometimes “Buongiorno!” in the forest supports mental health

    Sometimes “Buongiorno!” in the forest supports mental health

    I often try to regularly face climate suffering with honesty and truth, but only in sips between generous helpings of gratitude and curiosity. I guess I was out of practice dancing with the shadows and light- with grief and gratitude. The forest helped and so do resources from Blessed Tomorrow.

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  • Season of Creation

    Season of Creation

    As a pastor, I very much enjoyed honoring and celebrating creation for a month each fall. Besides being a lot of fun, focusing on creation for more than one Sunday helped me learn to see Scripture through a creation lens and weave it in worship all the time. In the month of September, the Season of…

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  • Major Jewish Organizations Form Coalition To Act On Climate Crisis

    Major Jewish Organizations Form Coalition To Act On Climate Crisis

    n a first-of-its-kind mobilization, 20 major Jewish organizations have recently announced the formation of the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition, which brings together Jewish community leaders and organizations who recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of climate change and commit to taking action. Hallelujah!

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