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July 28, 2011
Harvard Divinity School Communications

Gordon Dester Kaufman, Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Harvard Divinity School, died on Friday, July 22, at age 86.

July 20, 2011
Press Release

After 98 days and nights of a continuous prayer vigil, the Committee to Protect Glen Cove is pleased to announce a victory in the struggle to protect the sacred grounds of Sogorea Te/Glen Cove.

By Dennis Kingsley
Huffington Post
July 19, 2011

July 13, 2011
By Rabbi Lawrence Troster
Huffington Post

July 14, 2011
By Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The Shalom Center

The Forward, the leading national Jewish weekly, has just reported that four Jewish summer camps in Pennsylvania have signed leases with gas exploration companies to allow “fracking” –-  the hydro-fracturing method of pouring tons of highly chemicalized water to smash shale rocks into releasing natural gas.

July 13, 2011
By Duane Elgin
Huffington Post

The wisdom of simplicity is a theme with deep roots. The great value and benefits of living simply are found in all the world’s major wisdom traditions.

Christian Views

Concern Over the Environment Versus Financial Reward

July 13, 2011
By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Fracking, the controversial technique for extracting natural gas that energy companies are promoting as America’s path to energy independence, has come to the sunny, idyllic world of Jewish camping.

Four Jewish summer camps have signed leases with gas...

July 9, 2011
By Kevin Begos
Huffington Post

PITTSBURGH – Bishops, nuns and rabbis are joining the environmental and social debate over natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region, and many are seeking a balance that reflects their congregations.

“We have people’s lives who are being blessed or adversely affected by this,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton of...

July 8, 2011
Press Release

NEW TOWN, North Dakota – Community members of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation are hosting the 16th Protecting Mother Earth Gathering at the Little Shell Antelope Society arbor in the Four Bears Park campground, south of the 4 Bears Casino, from July 28-31, 2011. The Four Bears Park is situated 4 miles west of New Town, North Dakota.

July 5, 2011 
Press Release

JERUSALEM – The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL) is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Holy Land Declaration on Climate Change, which was submitted to the CRIHL by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development.