Sunday, January 13, 2008

Environmental Faith

The Neighborhood Network and several religious congregations have joined together to form the Long Island Interfaith Environmental Network, saying:
"The committee was developed to educate leaders and facility managers about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that they can implement in their places of worship."

The group met back in the spring. Here's a flier featuring the organization's ideas.

This appears to be a mostly upstate group, but New York Interfaith Power & Light
has planned some activities later this month:

The General Theological Seminary in New York is continuing to develop its geothermal plan.

The Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light has organized to develop ideas about protecting resources. It had its first "greening your congregation" conference over the weekend to discuss energy efficiency, social justice and climate change, Earth and future generations and "how to do more good with less effort." Sounds pretty interesting.

Religious Environmentalism Goes Mainstream
ATHENS, Greece, - More than a decade ago on an Aegean island, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians made a startling proposition: That pollution and other attacks on the environment could be considered sins.

At the time, the idea earned him little more than a nickname - the "green patriarch."
It's no longer such a radical view.
Eco-friendly attitudes have increasingly moved into the mainstream of many faiths - from Muslim clerics urging water conservation in the fast-growing Gulf states to evangelical preachers in the United States calling attention to global warming.

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