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Church of England to push BP & Shell towards a low-carbon economy.

The Church of England will submit shareholder resolutions to BP and Shell, two of the world’s biggest oil companies, to take responsibility for their carbon footprints, limit their contribution to global warming and to take action to “adapt their businesses over the long term for a low carbon economy”. The companies are two of the top five investments in the Church’s £9bn investment fund.

The Guardian

The intervention comes as ministers from nearly 200 countries prepare to meet next week in Lima, Peru, for UN climate talks […]

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Episcopal and ELCA Presiding Bishops statement on World HIV/AIDS day

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement for World AIDS Day 2014.

ENS:

World AIDS Day 2014
Every year on December 1, Episcopalians and Lutherans join with people around the world to commemorate World AIDS Day. This day serves as a time to remember those whose lives were forever changed because of HIV and AIDS. It also offers an opportunity to recommit ourselves to building […]

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Bp. Robert Wright: ‘Jesus is not a member of the NRA’

Nothing in the Bible justifies deregulation of gun sales and ownership, according to a panel of religious activists who spoke this week at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference in Decatur, Ga. The panel included Rachel Laser from the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, Christian ethicist David Gushee of Mercer University, Bryan Miller of Heeding God’s Call, Atlanta Episcopal Diocese Bishop Robert Wright and Jim Winkler, the president of the National Council of Churches. Reporter Kay Campbell writes […]

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Root causes of the migration crisis

Following pastoral letters from Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings, some churches in Episcopal dioceses along the border with Mexico have been working to meet local needs of migrant people. However, in the media, there are many conflicting reports and stories about reasons for the migrant crisis. At Vox, Dylan Matthews features an in-depth interview with Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:

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‘The Great Fish Swap’

“91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, but one-third of the seafood Americans catch gets sold to other countries.”

Paul Greenberg, author of the new book American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood talks with Fresh Air ‘s Terry Gross on seafood, not from the overfishing side, but the related

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The clergy as marital agents of the state

In celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage in Oregon, Bishop Michael Hanley of the Diocese of Oregon, of the diocese about whether it is appropriate for clergy to function as an agent of the state with regards to marriage.

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Moving away from solitary confinement?

Katie Rose Quandt in Mother Jones reports on a story where the use of solitary confinement in prisons is being challenged recently in New York, Colorado, Indiana, California, and in congressional

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