"We are a group of active individuals committed to working together to promote
peace and social justice locally and globally. Our mission is to educate the public
and to influence the views and actions of elected officials in order to promote
non-violent solutions, compassionate sustainable ways of life and alternatives
to war, and to protect the environment and civil liberties."
Earth Charter Chicago
"Here in Chicago, we are working to promote and disseminate the
endorsement and implementation of the Earth Charter and to live within
these critical guiding principles."
"Eco-Justice Collaborative views Creation as a sacred act of a loving God, and sees each human being
as responsible for honoring that gift through daily actions of stewardship that sustain and protect
the integrity of life. Our mission is to raise public awareness of the consequences of lifestyle
choices on people and our planet and to encourage changes that seek harmony with Creation, respect
all life, value diversity, support ecological sustainability, and ring about a just distribution
of the world's resources."
Faith in Place
"There are two great responsibilities common to all faiths: to love one
another and to care for Creation. Faith in Place creates hopeful and
welcoming spaces for people of all faiths to fulfill these two
responsibilities as we reflect deeply on our own faiths; integrate the
teachings of these faiths into our economic and ecological practices; and work together for a shared future which is economically just and
Protestants for the Common Good
"Protestants for the Common Good acts for social justice and the common good as essential
to the Christian faith, educating and mobilizing people of faith to become effective
participants in political democracy."
Web of Creation
"The Web of Creation is an interdenominational/interfaith organization
working to provide on-line environmental resources for faith-based
Zygon Center for Religion and Science
"Dedicated to relating religious traditions and the best scientific knowledge in order
to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment,
and to realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice, and responsible
patterns of living prevail."
Animals and Religion Project, Humane Society of the U.S.
"The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) engages religious people and institutions on an array of critical animal protection issues. The HSUS's mission to protect animals is consistent with the collectively held religious principles of mercy and compassion."
Au Sable Institute
"The mission of Au Sable Institute is the integration of knowledge of the
Creation with biblical principles for the purpose of bringing the Christian
community and the general public to a better understanding of the Creator
and the stewardship of God's Creation. All of its programs and activities
are structured to allow, and are conducted for, promotion of Christian environmental stewardship."
Center for Respect of Life and Environment
"The Center for Respect of Life and Environment (CRLE) was founded in 1986 to
foster an ethic of compassion toward all sentient beings and respect for the
integrity of nature. This ethic urges each of us to expand our moral concern
to future generations; to poor, oppressed and disenfranchised human beings;
to animals, plants and the earth as a whole. With a particular focus on
higher education and religious institutions, the Center promotes a humane and
sustainable future for all members of the earth community. The Center is an
affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States."
Earth Ministry's mission is "to inspire and mobilize the Christian community
to play a leadership role in building a just and sustainable future." Their
web site offers a number of useful resources for congregations, including
sample worship services, Biblical passages that focus on Creation, hymns
and songs, resources for greening congregations, and more.
Forum on Religion and Ecology
Extensive resources on religion and environment in the world's
religions, including sections on Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism,
Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous Traditions, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Shinto.
Interfaith Power and Light
"The Interfaith Power and Light campaign is mobilizing a national religious response to global warming while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. People of faith have an opportunity to put their faith into action and help reduce the devastating effects of global warming."
National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC) Eco-Justice Program
"The Eco-Justice Programs office and Working Group of the NCC provides an
opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox
denominations to work together to protect and restore God's Creation.
'Environmental Justice' is an holistic term that includes all ministries
designed to heal and defend creation. 'Eco-Justice' is an even broader
term that includes efforts to assure justice for all of creation and the
human beings who live in it. A major task of the Working Group is to
provide program ideas and resources to help congregations as they engage
in environmental justice work."
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
"The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is a formal alliance of major faith
groups and denominations across the spectrum of Jewish and Christian communities and
organizations in the United States. The Partnership is integrating care for God's
creation throughout religious life: theology, worship, social teaching, education,
congregational life, and public policy initiatives. And we seek to provide inspiration,
moral vision, and commitment to social justice for all efforts to protect the natural
world and human well-being within it."
Religious Witness for the Earth
"Religious Witness for the Earth (RWE) is a national, independent, interfaith network dedicated to creating a society in which human beings live in loving, just relationships with one another and with all Creation."
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
"The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) is a secular body
that helps the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental
programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs, and practices.
We help the religions link with key environmental organisationscreating
powerful alliances between faith communities and conservation groups."
The Earth Charter
"The Earth Charter is an authoritative synthesis of values, principles,
and aspirations that are widely shared by growing numbers of men and
women in all regions of the world. The principles of the Earth Charter
reflect extensive international consultations conducted over a period
of many years. These principles are also based upon contemporary science,
international law, and the insights of philosophy and religion."
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
"The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is an international coalition of 275 faith-based institutional investors including denominations, religious communities, pension funds, healthcare corporations, foundations, asset management companies, colleges, and dioceses. As responsible stewards, they merge social values with investment decisions, believing they must achieve more than an acceptable financial return. ICCR members utilize religious investments and other resources to change unjust or harmful corporate policies, working for peace, economic justice, and stewardship of the Earth."
International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
"The mission of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
(ISSRNC) is to promote critical, interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationships among
human beings and their diverse cultures, environments, and religious beliefs and practices."
The John Ray Initiative
"The mission of the John Ray Initiative (JRI) is to promote responsible
environmental stewardship in accordance with Christian principles and
the wise use of science and technology. John Ray (1627-1705) pioneered
the classification of plants and animals, influencing both Gilbert White
and Carl Linnaeus a century later. His writings proclaimed God as creator
whose wisdom is 'manifest in the works of creation,' and as redeemer
of all things. Inspired by Ray, JRI seeks to teach appreciation of nature,
increase awareness of the state of the global environment, and communicate
a Christian understanding of environmental issues."
Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group, Society for Conservation Biology
"An understanding of religious concepts and how they are applied to governance and daily life is essential to the implementation of effective and lasting conservation management strategies. The knowledge of the activities and principles and practices of conservation biology is essential to those whose perspective is primarily informed by religion and theology. The Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group is involved in helping to build bridges of information and understanding between these diverse but increasingly linked fields."