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Websites for Christian Denominations
If you are looking for a denomination's stance on climate change (or ecology in general), try these approaches:
- Google your topic - be sure to check, however, that you're finding the right denomination and their official stance on ecology. For example, make sure you're not looking at Missouri Synod Lutheran documents if you're working with the ELCA. Also, different denominations have different ways of making official statements. Some are fairly formal, and will have statements endorsed by national bodies (often at a national meeting), while others will be less structured. This is a good point to chat with your professor or a librarian if you're having trouble decoding whatever you find.
- Start with the Listing of Official Denominational Website (link below) to make sure you're finding the official pages for your denomination.
Explore the other links in this list to find information about your denomination (and/or Christianity as a whole) and how it views ecology. The list is by no means comprehensive, but I've including some top, reliable websites as places to start.
Websites for World Religions & Secular Statements
The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology (linked below) is a great site for your research. The site contains information on all major world religions, including an overview of the faith tradition, major teachings, and ways in which the religion addresses issues of ecology and environmentalism.
- Tip: click on the World Religions link to explore specific faith traditions
- Look at the bottom of each entry for a comprehensive list of links and bibliographies. This one-stop-shopping will give you plenty of resources.
I've also included a selection of other sites that may help you in your research. Be aware that this list is not comprehensive.
The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
A must visit site for your research. Click on the World Religions tab for more information on specific faith traditions. Spend a lot of time exploring these pages - they are rich with resources. To locate specific works from the bibliography, consult the Tracking Down Materials tab above.
National Religoius Partnership for the Environment
From their website: "The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups across a broad spectrum: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops along with its affiliated program arm the Catholic Climate Covenant, the National Council of Churches USA and its affiliate Creation Justice Ministries, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs and its affiliate the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Evangelical Environmental Network"
Religious Statements on Climate Change
Links to a number of religious statements. From the organization's website: "The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all."
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