December, the Month of Giving

December 8, 2016

It’s hard to say what will happen to our country in January. Federal action on climate change may well be paused, at a critical time when we’re reaching a global tipping point on carbon pollution. But you can count on one thing: we’re pushing forward in Northern Virginia. Now more than ever, local action matters.…

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Faith, Policy, and the Environment: Interview with Delegate Alfonso Lopez

November 28, 2016

  Delegate Alfonso Lopez lives in Arlington, where he’s served in Virginia and federal politics for nearly 20 years as an Obama Administration political appointee and a Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee. Del. Lopez founded and is chair of the Virginia Environment & Renewable Energy Caucus. Del. Lopez has a background in environmental law and has…

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To Garden by Kathryn House

November 15, 2016

   Tending a 3 raised-bed garden has changed the way I think about food. It has given me a lens through which to reflect more broadly on community, justice, faith, and hope. To garden invites me to consider being governed by its rhythms. This steady beat brings my tendency to rush without reflecting to a halt.…

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11th Congressional District Statement

November 4, 2016

This week, we asked the candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District to describe his plans to protect creation.  The candidate (and Democratic incumbent) is Gerry Connolly, who runs unopposed this election season.  We asked Congressman Connolly to respond to this question: People of faith value stewardship of the earth and compassion for those who will…

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8th Congressional district statements

November 1, 2016

This week, we asked the candidates for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District to describe their plans to protect creation.  The candidates are Don Beyer, the Democratic incumbent, and Charles Hernick, the Republican challenger. We asked the candidates to respond to this question: People of faith value stewardship of the earth and compassion for those who will…

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10th Congressional District Statements

October 28, 2016

This week, we asked the candidates for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District to describe their plans to protect creation.  The candidates are Barbara Comstock, the Republican incumbent, and LuAnn Bennett, the Democratic challenger. We asked the candidates to respond to this question: People of faith value stewardship of the earth and compassion for those who will…

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Unity is Possible, Surely on Climate Change

October 24, 2016

   Our political landscape is riven by divisions that can seem impossible to overcome. But cooperation is possible, and indeed thriving, among people of different faiths, nationalities, and political stripes. This week’s forum with Barbara Comstock and LuAnn Bennett, the candidates for Virginia’s 10th Congressional district, demonstrates that unity is possible.    The forum is…

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Rev. Bullitt-Jonas, 2016 “Steward of God’s Creation” awardee

October 14, 2016

When we think about climate change, we know that the news is grim. The web of life is unraveling. Bill McKibben puts it succinctly: “Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen.”  Given what we know about the crisis in which we find…

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Will future generations thank us, or curse us?

September 29, 2016

I recently traveled the Dalton Highway from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, parallel to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).  TAPS is one of the world’s largest pipelines, stretching 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.  As we drove alongside it, our native guide remarked: “I’m glad the environmental groups sued the oil companies about the pipeline.”…

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