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News from Dr. Laurel Kearns:
This past Tuesday, Dr. Beth Norcross and I, and Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith, all attended a WhiteHouse briefing for faith leaders on climate change. It was exciting to see the breadth of people there, and to hear the presentations from African-American, Latino/a, Hindu, Muslim, Evangelical, Catholic and Episcopalian faith leaders on environmental justice and climate action. They all affirmed their support of President Obama's plan to take some steps regarding climate change, even if without Congressional support. I wish there had been some mention of the deep concerns over scattered regulations on fracking, but only the Rev Gerald Durley, a distinguished civil rights leader, mentioned it. No one mentioned the Keystone pipeline. This article mentions the meeting, but contains much more, including a video from Green for All.
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Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology
Written by Jennifer Ayres
Christians in the United States are on a quest for good food. And yet at every turn, they confront brokenness in the food system. Access to healthy food is not secure. Farmers and laborers struggle to find meaningful agricultural work that pays a livable wage. Animals and the land are abused. At the public policy level, legislation has increasingly favored mass-produced products in order to provide the largest amount of food to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible prices-- regardless of the consequences. Unable to trace the sources of their food, and perhaps even the ingredients, consumers are vulnerable to a deep and abiding alienation. Still, many religions, including the Christian tradition, orient themselves around the table, a site for connection and nourishment.