Ah, you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you, and you are left to live alone in the midst of the land!
Last week, Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said this: "If you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.” According to Rush, there's no such thing as a faith-based climate activist. According to Rush Limbaugh, you (or any of the other people I'm about to mention) aren't real.
But see the thing is, we know that's not true. Here are a few prominent people of faith who do believe in and care about manmade global climate change.
- Pope Francis who, in his inaugural mass, discussed defending the environment and the poor
- And then there's this group of 200 Evangelical Christian scientists who wrote an open letter to congress
- Rev. Rich Cizik has given countless speeches on creation care, stewardship, and fossil fuel divestment. He recently had this article published in the Washington Post: "Fossil fuels are a faith issue"
- NETWORK, founded by a group of Catholic sisters, intends to pursue ecological justice by supporting environmentally-conscious transportation (shifting from oil-based to “green” alternatives), construction, and infrastructure development.
- And Rev. Mitch Hescox, the President and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network.
- Lastly, YOU! Sign this petition, share our website and mission on social media, and tell your friends. You are a person of faith, you believe in global climate change, and you also believe in the importance of stewardship and creation care. So shout from the rooftops!
The Good Steward Campaign is gaining steam. We're locking in more events. We're setting up speaking dates. We're confirming World Food Day dinners. Fellowship groups are eager to use our resources.
Let's face it -- there's a serious buzz right now about faith and the environment.
If you'd like the Good Steward Campaign to visit your school, let us know. Email me, Jessica Church, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to add you to our list of 30 schools because we think this stuff is pretty important. Scripture tells us that the Earth is the Lord's and we must guard it and be good stewards of it. And if you look around, you can't deny the beauty and glory of Creation.
So, if you're not sure about whether or not your school is on our list, contact us. We'd love to hear from you.
This coming weekend is Wild Goose Festival!! And it's a happy time of the year for many Christians. Located in Hot Springs, North Carolina, Wild Goose is a four-day faith and fun extravaganza full of Christian speakers, writers, musicians, craftspersons, and other generally awesome people.
Rachel Johnson of the Good Steward Campaign will be there (also chaperoning a youth group, bless her). She'll be handing out GSC bumper stickers and will be happy to talk about our mission, our campus engagement, and the resources we have to offer!
Good Steward Campaign Spokesperson Rev. Rich Cizik will also be at Wild Goose. Reverend Cizik is President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and an internationally known Evangelical leader on Creation Care (see more here). He'll be speaking on Friday at 4:30pm on the Main Stage and we invite you to go see him! Later that evening, Rev. Cizik will be Frank Schaeffer's special guest at Darkwood Brew Unplugged, and we invite you to check that out as well!
I can't wait to hear amazing stories of growth, transformation, and community that will undoubtedly emerge from this wonderful festival. Safe travels for anyone and everyone making the trip.
As always, follow us on Twitter at @IAmAGoodSteward for news and updates.
30 schools. That's our goal. It might sound lofty, but we believe we can do it. And we believe we need to do it. Why? Because creating a network of climate concerned Christians is crucial (enough c's for you?) to protecting Creation (woops, another one) in the coming decades.
I'll explain. This Fall, the Good Steward Campaign will be collaborating with Christian fellowship groups at colleges and universities all over the country to host speaking events, public discussions, and themed small group meetings and bible studies in the name of Creation Care. We've been developing resources and putting together a spokesperson list so that you all (students and fellowship groups) can explore your thoughts on faith, the environment, stewardship, and values based investing from a Christian space.
Right now, we already have commitments from groups at The University of Virginia, Davidson College, Clemson University, and more! Be the next school to join the ranks of the Good Steward Campaign. C'mon. Do it. You'll be in good company.
Ultimately, this work will create a network of students, campus ministry leaders, community members, pastors, and environmental advocates all over the country. This network will be a powerful tool moving forward, whether it means changing daily practices to be a better steward or advocating for your university to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. We'll all be working together for the common good, so that our actions match our faith and our investments match our values. We can't wait to get going.
Yesterday, I was sitting in the office watching and listening to the 2013 Maryland Climate Change Summit feeling impressed and inspired. Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley, gave a great speech about what his state intends to do to combat climate change; it was passionate, comprehensive, and informed.
He spoke, “We are here today because we understand deep in our hearts that we do have a moral obligation to our children and to our grandchildren to give to them a planet that is not on the trajectory that we currently find ourselves in. A planet that is becoming increasingly more damaged, more polluted, more unhealthy.” (see full transcript here)
I have to believe that Governor O’Malley comes by his climate conscience at least partially through his faith as a Catholic. But he also knows that acting on climate is going to do great things for his state’s economy, his citizens’ quality of life, and the heath of the Chesapeake Bay. This, too, reflects Christian values.
We wish the state of Maryland the best with their upcoming action on climate, we are moved to do more good work for God's Creation, and we hope that more states follow suit.
Jessica Church, Field Director of the Good Steward Campaign