climate change

WCC Climate Activists

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Placing every effort toward the goal of preserving the environment needs to be our primary and urgent mission. We have no time to waste on moralizing about who people might love, and how pastoral caregivers minister to their congregations. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Faith leaders said religions have a unique role to play in environmental issues because some 85 percent of the world's people follow some form of religion. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Parliament of the World's Religions adds care for the Earth to its 25-year-old declaration, Global Ethic. Read more

Global Nature

We face a direct existential threat from climate change this Advent, and our seasonal reflections must turn us toward radical action to stop it, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Do we need God when all our “needs” are met? Do we need God when we no longer operate out of an economy of scarcity or of a need to appeal an all-powerful deity to stay alive? wonders the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas as she continues up the Amazon River. Read more

Christy Thomas

The concept of “just transitions” aims to ensure that the burden of adjusting to reduce climate change does not fall on those who contributed least to it, are most vulnerable to it, and have the least resources to deal with it. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Climate March

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Advocating for the safety and security of communities affected by climate change offers a new mission area for United Methodists, says Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

"Willful ignorance" on the urgent need to address climate change isn't mere politics; it's one more example of the age-old curse of Cain in killing our brothers, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Climate Vigil

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Adapting his recent presentation as a distinguished alumnus of Boston University School of Theology, Dr. David W. Scott explains why he thinks our greatest challenges are climate change, national reconciliation, and international partnership. Read more

Global Nature

Activists say it is important for the faith community to show up as the world struggles with the realities of climate change. Read more

Global Health

On the run from a hurricane, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes time to reflect on how Florence represents the changing nature of our planet. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

First UMC of Ashland, Ore., will partner with the Climate Speakers Network to bring a conference to the West Coast for training people of faith on how to respond to climate change effects. Read more

Global Health

Interfaith leaders have come together in Cape Town to try to reassure citizens and encourage spiritual reflection on climate change as the city faces severe water rationing caused by drought. Read more

Global Health

By focusing inward on numerical growth instead of outward on urgent needs, churches set up themselves – and humanity – for extinction, writes Dr. Mark Davies. Read more

Global Health

WCC Interfaith Climate

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The interfaith climate statement, "Walk on Earth Gently," calls for more ambitious climate actions include changes in personal lifestyles and institutional consumption. Read more

Global Health

United Methodists join other climate activists in Bonn, Germany to call for "bold action" on reducing the effects of human behaviors, such as burning fossil fuels, that harm the environment. Read more

Philippine Coastal Cleanup

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The four-year plan composed by United Methodists in the Philippines gives U.S. church members an opportunity to see the struggles and triumphs faced by the denomination worldwide, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Drought, population pressure, and unsustainable farming methods are turning the once-lush forest and bush land of northern Nigeria into a desert, writes communicator Sharon Adamu Bambuka. Read more

Global Health

Water well

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The effects of global climate change are no political ploy or hoax to the people of Liberia, where United Methodist Jefferson B. Knight is forming a group to care for creation. Read more

Global Health

Climate Buttons

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Wespath, the agency that administers pension and health benefits for clergy and lay church employees, marked historic support this year for its stockholder resolutions with global energy companies. Read more

Global Health