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For first time, survey finds majority of pastors says global warming is real, man-made

By Adelle M. Banks — April 21, 2020

(RNS) — In previous studies, researchers found pastors were more skeptical of human-caused climate change.

Several hundred people took part in a prayer walk on Sept. 14, 2016, from the Oceti Sakowin camp near Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to the site up the road where Dakota Access began digging over Labor Day weekend for construction on a nearly 1,200-mile pipeline project. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Standing Rock Sioux celebrate ‘significant legal win’ in DAPL fight

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — A federal judge has ordered a new environmental review for the Dakota Access pipeline in what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is celebrating as a “significant legal win.”

A sign showing support for residents is displayed on a lawn in New Rochelle, New York, on March 11, 2020. State officials are shuttering several schools and houses of worship for two weeks in the New York City suburb and sending in the National Guard to help with what appears to be the nation's biggest cluster of coronavirus cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis

By Elana Schor — March 13, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Science is a wonderful arena of truth and understanding truth. It is an amazing tool that can help human flourishing. We just believe it can’t address all truth that exists,’ said D.J. Jenkins, pastor at Anthology Church in Studio City, California.

The farm of Eugene and Marie Lapp in Eastern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Photo by Elizabeth E. Evans

Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 14, 2020

LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists.

Pope Francis reflects on 3 decades of international cooperation on climate change

By Claire Giangravé — November 7, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only a few days after the United States officially gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise a gathering of environmental regulators meeting in Rome this week. 

The lotus flower is a symbol of purity and enlightenment in many cultures. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Meditation apps proliferate, even if what they provide is not enlightenment

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — October 15, 2019

(RNS) — Some teachers worry that corporate America’s adoption of Buddhism’s spiritual practice could be used for unethical purposes.

Technology Shabbats are meant for individuals to unplug, regardless of the belief system. RNS photo illustration by Kit Doyle

The science of Sabbath: How people are rediscovering rest—and claiming its benefits

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — People of different faiths are rediscovering the practice of Sabbath, and some point to science suggesting such a day of rest — including time away from social media and digital devices — benefits longevity and mental health.

Young climate activists march during a rally outside the White House in Washington on Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

To save the planet, we need faith, ethics, science and economics

By Thomas Reese — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.

Young climate activists march during a rally outside the White House in Washington on Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

People of faith know what must be done on climate change

By John L. McCullough, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria — September 20, 2019

(RNS) — Noah’s prophetic witness called on his community to heed the darkening skies and take action to save their world before it was too late. 

Pope Francis greets pilgrims and faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican after his weekly general audience on Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis pushes a new theology of climate change

By Mark Silk — September 3, 2019

(RNS) — Rather than blame the environmental crisis on humanity’s fallen state, as his predecessors did, Francis emphasizes how nature brings us closer to God.

Religions for Peace participants process through Lindau, Germany, to dedicate the Ring for Peace sculpture on Aug. 21, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Interfaith group pledges to use religion’s influence to address climate change, poverty

By Eric J. Lyman — August 26, 2019

LINDAU, Germany (RNS) — Azza Karam, the newly elected leader of the interfaith group Religions for Peace, urged delegates to the group’s recent World Assembly to harness the power of religion to address climate, nuclear arms and income inequality.

Opening banquet of the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly on Aug. 20, 2019, in Lindau, Germany. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for Peace

International interfaith gathering: ‘We must work together or we will all fail’

By Eric J. Lyman — August 21, 2019

LINDAU, Germany (RNS) — Interfaith leaders meeting in Germany this week will discuss how they can help address issues like climate change, terrorism, women’s rights, warfare, poverty, sexual violence and migration.

The Holy Friendship Summit in Blountville, Tenn., pursued an interdisciplinary approach to confronting the opioid epidemic.  Photo courtesy of USDA/Creative Commons

Faith and friendship as a remedy to the opioid crisis

By Katelyn Beaty — August 30, 2018

(RNS) — With the help of addicts themselves, researchers are exploring the emotional, social and relational reasons why people become addicted—and how relationship with God and others can restore and heal.

Atheist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins speaks to the crowd during the

Richard Dawkins, shunned in Berkeley, finds new venue nearby

By Kimberly Winston — July 27, 2017

(RNS) — The world’s most famous — and infamous — atheist will speak near San Francisco on Aug. 9, after abrupt cancellation by a public radio station.

Astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter talks about a topic during an “Ask a Spaceman” segment.  Screenshot from YouTube

Faith and the cosmos: An astrophysicist fields the big questions

By Lauren Markoe — July 13, 2017

(RNS) ‘I have my own personal rule, which is I never, ever tell people what to believe. And I never, ever tell people they’re wrong,’ says Paul M. Sutter, an astrophysicist who fields questions from the public — some of them religious — on the cosmos.

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