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September 7, 2009
By Stephen Bates
The Guardian

The call by Lord May in his presidential address to the British Science Association festival today for religious groups to play a leading part in warning the world about climate change and encouraging their followers to help tackle global warming is encouraging as it strikes a more positive note from a scientist than is usually...

September 7, 2009
By Aaron J. Leichman
Christian Post

Two networks of faith-based humanitarian and development groups will be sending a delegation to this month’s high-level U.N. event on climate change to ask world leaders to give the highest political priority to a new climate deal.

September 3, 2009
By Clark Strand
The Washington Post

The Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) is the foundation of Christian moral teaching. But lately I’ve begun to wonder if that gold standard of ethical behavior really equips us for an age of global environmental concerns. Jesus teaches us to include other people in our prayers–even our enemies...

September 2, 2009

Geneva - The World Council of Churches on Wednesday called on its members to push their governments to agree to a deal at the December climate conference in Copenhagen that “drastically” reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The organization which represents churches with 550 million Christians as members “identifies the current...

September 2, 2009
By Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Carnegie Ethics Online

September 1, 2009
Environment News Service

NEW YORK, New York – The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches has commemorated September 1, 2009 as the 20th anniversary of the Day of Prayer on the protection of the environment, and he urged all persons of faith to take up the prayer today.

The first environmental prayer day was instituted by the...

September 1, 2009
By Shawna Ayoub
Grist Online

After my grandfather had a stroke, the doctor said he might not walk again. He also said that getting him to challenge himself—to give walking a true try—was critical to his physical and emotional recovery. My grandfather took his first steps only a week after the near total paralysis of his left side.

September 1, 2009

New York - Caritas Internationalis and an alliance of Catholic development agencies called on world governments on Tuesday to give top priority to the debate on climate change, with a focus on the poor. The two groups will send a high-ranking delegation to be headed by Britain’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien to the climate change summit at UN headquarters in New York...

August 31, 2009
By Liz Neisloss

PALLAVAKAM, India – South India’s sun beats down on a long line of trucks wending to the Bay of Bengal. In the back of these trucks, giant, brightly painted statues of the Hindu god Ganesha are waiting to be dropped in the nearby ocean.

All over India, Hindus recently celebrated the birthday of the elephant god and now the idols made...