Predictions about the world’s demise are not new but rumors of apocalypse have spiked as Dec. 21 approaches, a date when many say an ancient Mayan calendar will wind down – and signal the end of the world as we know it. Experts debunk this idea but the story illustrates our fascination with The End.
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is shaping up as an environmental and social disaster of epic proportions — and one that is also prompting a great deal of national soul-searching. Ethical, moral and religious aspects of the catastrophe are playing a critical role in the debate.
Earth Day’s 40th anniversary arrives on April 22 with people of faith promoting environmentalism more than ever — and others revering nature to the extent that some wonder if ecology is a new religion.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, running from Dec. 7-18, will put an international spotlight on the environment and will draw world leaders, including President Barack Obama, to talk about humanity’s role in global warming. The conference will also draw unprecedented attention from religious leaders and groups that have become increasingly mobilized on the issue.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of more than 250 million Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, is in the midst of a 17-day apostolic visit to the United States — a pilgrimage that puts the focus on a diverse and important community of Christians that often receives little in-depth coverage.
This Sunday marks the annual feast day of Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved saints in Christian history and a saint whose appeal crosses religious boundaries. One reason for that broad popularity is that St. Francis loved animals, and people today seem to love animals more than ever.
World hunger has reached crisis proportions because of a confluence of agricultural and economic factors. The situation is so bad – with shortages, rocketing prices and political unrest – that Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, has called it “a silent tsunami.” As governments and organizations scramble to respond, the [...]
With environmental consciousness growing in religious and spiritual groups, it’s only natural that Passover, a spring holiday that begins this year at sunset on April 19, should go green. And this year, Earth Day, a day designed to raise awareness about the Earth and conservation, falls on April 22, during the Passover celebration. Contemporary environmental [...]