West Virginia's history has long been marked by extractive industries.
Sitting on the shaded front porch of his two-room cabin on a lazy August afternoon, Delphin Brock pointed toward the next mountain ridge where a few weeks earlier heavy equipment was remaking the landscape. Then, he said, noise from the mining activity echoed over the mountains.
Eco Catholic: Since 1681, Franciscan fathers have tended to eight of what are believed to be the oldest olive trees in the Holy Land.
Rebelling against genetically modified foods can happen in a variety of ways. Whether it involves speaking out at a corporate shareholders meeting, voting in favor of GMO labeling, writing articles for law journals, participating in parish informational potlucks, or grocery shopping for our families, each action can become “transient moments" of grace.
Many of us have well-developed protest muscles, but a fewer number of us are as fit in the area of the positive picture for our future.
My denomination, the United Church of Christ -- often a church of firsts, or so we brag -- is in the process of writing a national resolution, to be adopted at the June 2015 Synod, against fracking. We just turned around and have decided to not just be against fracking but against fossil fuels, as well.
Eco Catholic: Sanjaya Rajaram's research focused on the development of over 480 different varieties of wheat used in 51 countries by small- and large-scale farmers.
As the global economy pushes giant soybean fields and petroleum operations farther into previously untouched regions of South America, church activists in Argentina are standing alongside indigenous communities seeking to defend their land and culture from the destruction that such development has often entailed.
"The buzzards are circling, wanting to seize the land from those to whom it belongs," said Consolata Fr. Jose Auletta, who coordinates indigenous ministries for the diocese of Nueva Oran in northern Argentina.
After meditating with the upcoming book Sacred Seed (Golden Sufi Center, 2014), I envisioned hundreds of copies of the beautifully illustrated paperback showing up on Hillary Clinton's doorstep.
The copies would be gifts from organic farmers and members of the spiritual ecology community.
As climate change devastates communities in Kenya, church leaders are helping to address the crisis locally while also calling on industrialized nations to own up to their responsibilities for spewing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
"I think [industrialized nations] are responsible for most of the emissions," said Peter Solomon Gichira, the climate change program officer at the All Africa Conference of Churches. "They have responsibility to support climate change adaptation and mitigation as a moral obligation."
Eco Catholic: St. Francis was probably turning over in his grave: A contradiction between his love for creation and modern reality was taking place in California.