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Fair Trade and Faith

October is the host month of World Food Day, Halloween, and, this year, Yom Kippur and Diwali. But you may not know that it's also the month for a movement of awareness and promotion for Fair Trade. Fair Trade Month, which began in 2003, celebrates the individuals who sew, craft, and grow the goods we use, and encourages their fair and just compensation. 

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Thoughts from the Garden on World Food Day

World Food DayI’m a recent transplant. Three months ago, we packed up our family’s life in Decatur, Georgia to try out a new chapter of life in St. Simons Island, Georgia. I left behind a place that was brimming with diversity, farmers’ markets, walkable neighborhoods, and a pulsing heart for sustainability. Or maybe it was just that this is how I view the Decatur that I left – I arrived a cradle Presbyterian, steeped in the stories of scripture but with more questions than I had answers. It was in the heart of downtown Decatur that my own heart was transformed. After hearing from many local environmental experts of the harsh and real consequences of humanity’s footprint on our world, I began a roller coaster of a journey that led me straight to an urban farm.

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Faith Leaders & Clergy Gathering to Talk Climate in Atlanta

Years of Living Dangerously - The Complete Showtime SeriesOn Thursday, September 25,  GIPL will co-sponsor an event at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta that brings together 30 to 50 key clergy and faith leaders from the Atlanta area to share a meal, dialogue, pray, and explore the issue of climate change from a Christian perspective. As part of this gathering, attendees will screen an episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a cinematic documentary series produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the episode, dubbed "The Preacher's Daughter," climate activist Anna Jane Joyner is on a mission: convince her father Rick Joyner, a megachurch pastor from Charlotte, NC, and climate change skeptic, that global warming is happening. Their story is an intimate, thought-provoking look into the tensions over this issue in many southern, evangelical families, communities, and congregations. 

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Rev. Jordan Thrasher's Clean Power Plan testimony

Rev. Jordan ThrasherGood afternoon, my name is Rev. Jordan Thrasher and I am an elder in the United Methodist Church. At the outset, I want it to be clear from my testimony that I am in favor of reducing carbon emissions from power plants, and so am in favor of the EPAs Carbon Reduction Standards.

I am here because I have been asked to bear witness to my faith, which I believe is intricately and intimately intertwined with creation. The blight of climate change has affected us all in extreme weather events but it particularly effects the poor with higher rates of respiratory illness and other diseases because of their proximity to power plants that spread carbon into the air. Power plants that are our largest culprit of pollution in our country.

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Georgia Interfaith Power & Light seeks Executive Director

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light is seeking an Executive Director who can lead people of faith in Georgia as they recognize and embrace their call to care for creation.  The ideal candidate will lead, grow, and manage GIPL’s expanding role in our community. He or she will ensure the organization continues in its mission to engage communities of faith in stewardship of creation as a religious response to global climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice, pollution, and other disruptions in the creation and as a direct expression of our faithfulness.

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Beth Bond: Waste Not Want Not – EPA Clean Power Plan Testimony

I was not planning on testifying at the EPA’s Clean Power Plan public hearings held in Atlanta, July 29th and 30th. Even though I had scheduled a slot, I was not preparing to speak. For those of you who know me, I know this is surprising. Since my slot was on the second day, I asked myself what would I be able to offer when so many other deeply intelligent, thought leaders had spoken before me? As I sat and listened to testimony after testimony, I realized there were two things happening. First, I did have something to add that was not being said. That testimony is below. Secondly, even though there were broad themes that were told over and over and over, each individual who spoke in favor or opposition had at least one nugget of unique, valuable information to share. Over 1,600 hundred people were scheduled to testify in Atlanta, I was only able to capture a few dozen testimonies, but if you get the chance, check out Day 1 of Testimony and Day 2 of Testimony to get a feel of what people said.

Also, this is not a direct copy of what I said since I was not prepared to speak. I had jotted down some notes and spoke from where I speak most of the time…the heart. This will be my written submitted testimony.

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