Religion, Faith and Spirituality

September 22, 2021

Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice on March 30, 2022

The Worldwide Teach-In invites climate-concerned faculty, staff and students to join the project, with monthly events preceding the Mar 30 event. Register to get involved; pre-events begin Sep 22. For journalists, there are local, national and international stories to pursue from now until March 30.

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"Pope, Patriarch And Canterbury Abbot Issue Climate Appeal"

"The world’s top Christian leaders — Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians — on Tuesday issued a joint appeal for delegates at the upcoming U.N. climate summit to “listen to the cry of the Earth” and make sacrifices to save the planet."

Source: AP, 09/08/2021

25-foot Lummi Totem Pole Arrives In D.C. After A Journey Across U.S.

"Douglas James stood Thursday on the Mall in front of the 25-foot totem pole he and a team had spent three months hand-carving and painting from a 400-year-old red cedar tree. James, a member of the Lummi Nation in Washington state, and a group of supporters and volunteers from his tribe hauled the pole on a flatbed truck more than 20,000 miles along the West Coast and across the Midwest before arriving in the other Washington, where the pole will stay as part of a campaign to protect sacred tribal lands."

Source: Washington Post, 07/30/2021

Lost Lives, Lost Culture: Forgotten History of Native Boarding Schools

"Thousands of Native American children attended U.S. boarding schools designed to “civilize the savage.” Many died. Many who lived are reclaiming their identity."

"DURANGO, Colo. — The last day Dzabahe remembers praying in the way of her ancestors was on the morning in the 1950s when she was taken to the boarding school.

At first light, she grabbed a small pouch and ran out into the desert to a spot facing the rising sun to sprinkle the taa dih’deen — or corn pollen — to the four directions, offering honor for the new day.

Source: NYTimes, 07/19/2021

"Spirituality Underpins Migrant Activism in US Borderlands"

"Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where a set of bones or a decomposing body was found."

Source: AP, 06/18/2021
June 30, 2021

DEADLINE: Religion Journalism Fellowships

Religion News Service (RNS) and IFYC invite recent graduates to apply by Jun 30 for the 2021-22 Religion Journalism Fellowship. The fellowship targets the intersection of religion and racial justice, where untold numbers of strong environmental stories await. $4,000 stipend, mentorship and more.

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Reconciling the Divide — How To Report Environment and Religion Together

New thinking and narratives are needed to solve complex environmental challenges like the climate crisis. But for journalists, the ongoing split between religion and environment beats hampers that effort. It’s a reality environmental journalist Meera Subramanian knows from conversations at her own kitchen table. So she helped organize a recent Society of Environmental Journalists’ webinar to explore closing the gap.

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