What would Jesus do? Talking with evangelicals about climate change

In our new column about the American south and climate change, we go towards Christians who have been resistant to ideas of environmental stewardship – perhaps it’s a message they need to hear in their own terms

Can Christian democracy save America from Trump?

Religious conservatism doesn’t have to be populist. It has played an important role for democracy and dignity in Europe – and can do so in the US, too

Understanding God’s gift of awe

awe inspiring scene

Regardless of what our material senses may try and tell us, awe is not a chemical reaction but a wholly spiritual response to the infinite ways in which God’s love for his/her creation is expressed. It is, as Eddy writes, Love, or God, reflected in love – that extraordinary mashup of wonderment, reverence, and gratitude that words alone will never be able to express.

Try as we might to see this with our eyes or somehow hear this with our ears, ultimately it can only be understood as we adopt a more spiritual view of reality.

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Combatting Islamophobia, Houston Christians Reach Out to Muslims

The path to interfaith cooperation has been cobbled together in a different way on the other side of Houston by Bishop James Dixon II and M.J. Kahn.

When Dixon, the pastor of a large African American church called the Community of Faith, put together a citywide faith-based relief effort for Tax Day Flood victims in April, he decided to invite Islamic leaders to participate alongside area pastors. Out of this response to tragedy grew a discussion on how to build a bridge of understanding between Christians and Muslims to combat Islamophobia.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about Islam,” Kahn said. “Most people aren’t afraid of Islam itself. They are afraid of the unknown.”

Their hope is that with greater love and greater understanding, there will be a greater chance for peace.

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Gloucester cathedral’s zero-carbon footprint

Letters: We should be able to generate around 25% of the main cathedral electricity from our new panels, including power for our air source heat system