People of faith know what must be done on climate change
(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 pushes a new theology of climate change
(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.
Interfaith group pledges to use religion’s influence to address climate change, poverty
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.
International interfaith gathering: ‘We must work together or we will all fail’
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.
Faith and friendship as a remedy to the opioid crisis
(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.
Richard Dawkins, shunned in Berkeley, finds new venue nearby
(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.
Faith and the cosmos: An astrophysicist fields the big questions
(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.
‘Changing Our Minds’ explores psychedelic drugs and spiritual healing
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) There are sometimes positive spiritual and religious changes for addicts, wounded warriors and the seriously depressed who take these drugs under clinical supervision — a key component of the treatment.
Vatican stargazers look for divine inspiration
(RNS) ‘The observatory exists to show the world that the Catholic Church supports science,’ says Brother Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer from Detroit who is also the observatory’s director.
Bill McKibben talks faith on his way to the Climate March
(RNS) “We are now large enough to spit in God’s face,” McKibben says of the human race. “And we are.”
iPhones and the risen Christ: What’s the connection?
A few years ago, Esther Emery was not a believer but she was burnt out. In a “desperate attempt for a reset,” she decided to take a year hiatus from technology. Surprisingly, her digital fast leads her into a profound experience with the Risen Christ and the faith she had previously rejected. Her book, “What Falls From the […]
Scientists ponder how to talk to the faithful about climate change
(RNS) ‘My entreaty for scientists is to be able to speak publicly about why you care,’ said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith.
Religion drives skepticism about evolution, but not climate change
(RNS) Sociologists debunk a common assumption about religion and science.
Evangelicals in Trump’s Cabinet: Choice of Pruitt alarms scientists, environmentalists
(RNS) Could Trump’s Christian Cabinet picks have a chilling effect on the teaching of science in public schools?
Study: Religious experiences trigger brain’s reward circuit in devout Mormons
(RNS) The study found that their religious actions were associated with activations in the region of the brain central to the reward circuit as well as the region associated with decision making and attention.