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God and climate change: These clergy seek to bridge the gap between religion and nature

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Inside Climate News

A rabbi in Jerusalem and a seminary professor in Kentucky are finding a way to help solve the global climate crisis: through the hearts and minds of the faithful, one congregation at a time.

Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development , and the Rev. Leah Schade, a professor at the Lexington Theological Seminary , are among a growing number of religious leaders who are working to bridge the gap between faith and climate.

Their joint effort, launched last year, offers clergy across the United States advice and recommendations in theologically-based tip sheets written by Schade, an expert at helping clergy bridge political divides in their congregations.

Neril’s and Schade’s vision is to unleash the power of the clergy as a change agent for climate action. They are working toward helping more of the faithful view climate change not so much as a political issue but as something rooted in religion.

The goal, Neril said, is “that the current and next generation inherits a sustainable, thriving and spiritually aware planet.”Voters of faith have a history of fueling social movements , on the left and the right, including the civil rights movement, the anti-abortion movement and […]

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