Faith & Justice
A double rainbow over Mount St. John.
Photo by Don Geiger, SM.
In 1990, more than 30 scientists took the unprecedented step of urging the
religious community to address worsening ecological conditions. In
An Open Letter to the Religious Community, the scientists argued that
because the problems we face are transnational, transgenerational and
transideological, they “must be recognized from the outset as having a religious
as well as a scientific dimension.”
Since that time the major faith communities in the US have searched their traditions for the teachings and
vision on which to base a religious response to environmental problems. This
section describes those efforts.
Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Network's 2006 Earth Day Sunday resource is now
available for download.
Through the Eyes of a Hurricane: Rebuilding Just
Communities describes the
devastation of the Gulf Coast Region, particularly focusing on issues of
environmental justice and racism, toxic contamination, and consumer lifestyles.
The resource provides the background information, sermon notes, bulletin insert,
and study questions to plan an Earth Day (or any day) worship service dedicated
to a call for justice on the Gulf Coast and in our own communities.