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Being reminded of true service

Tradeshows! They can be exhausting and exhilarating. But did I mention exhausting? Recently on my way home from a tradeshow, I got a billboard in your face reminder of what Christ like behavior and service is.

So let me put you in the place where I was. I was at a national food and supplement show where I had gotten sick. I am the only person in the world who can attend a health food show with millions of samples of food and vitamins and head home sick and losing weight. I was sitting on the light rail with a group of attendees discussing their impressions of the show. On the edge of this group was a young family.

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Statement on Waters of the United States Proposed Rule from the Evangelical Environmental Network

Passed in 1972 and strengthened during the Reagan years, the Clean Water Act put America on the right track in defending our waters for supplying drinking water systems, agriculture, industry, and recreation. However, a number of court decisions and Congressional inaction have "muddied the waters" by thwarting our ability to protect what are known as "headwaters," or the beginnings of our streams and rivers, as well as many wetlands. What was once easily defined during the Reagan Administration now is a total mess of confusion, inaction, and failure.

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Work in a nonpartisan way to protect world

Work in a nonpartisan way to protect worldIt's time for a new future.

So I've a message for Governor-elect Tom Wolf, Senators Casey and Toomey, Congressman Scott Perry, state Sen. Wagner and Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill and the rest of our elected leaders in every city, borough and township, it's time to work together.

But it's not just up to you; it's up to us all.

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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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