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  • Keeping the promise of the Advent season

    Published November 30, 2015

    During this Advent season, we reflect on the influence a promise can have on our lives. God promised each of us salvation, and kept that promise with the birth of Jesus. That promise sustains and uplifts us, during good times and challenging ones.

    When we understand this deeper meaning of a promise, we also understand each of us has a special responsibility to make, and keep, faithful promises of our own. The Christmas Joy Offering is one way to do that. Each gift received equally supports two vital promises for our faith.

    Through the Assistance Program of the Board of ...

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  • More on COP 21

    Published November 30, 2015

    Gary has landed in Paris and will be writing soon on his experiences so far. I leave in a few days and anticipate great learnings. In the meantime, we both continue to read and find information that we hope may help you, and us, as we prepare.


    NRDC has this 4 page brief on the contours of the Paris agreement, here. On their website you can also find separate issue briefs.


    A great multi-stakeholder news source is Outreach, from the Stakeholder Forum.


    ACT Alliance, one of our umbrella faith organizations, shared a press release about the 1.8 million faith ...

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    From Eco-Journey

  • 16 Days of Activism - Day 5: Advent and the Role of Mindful Teachers

    Published November 29, 2015

    by Paul Olson

    First Sunday of Advent Lectionary Readings: Jer 33:14-16, Ps. 25:1-10, 1 Thess. 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36

    On the first Sunday of advent, and on day 5 of the 16 day campaign to of activism against gender-based violence, we are reminded and instructed on the importance of teachers. One factor contributing to the violence against girl students is teacher absenteeism. Harvard and World Bank researchers conducted unannounced visits to primary schools in rural India. Due to a number of factors, they found a quarter of the teachers absent and only half of those present were ...

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