Around the world, people experience violence over natural resources, sometimes dying for the very land and water that gives them life. As climate change grows, conflict grows. We will fight for land, food, resources, water and breathable air.
This past weekend was darkened by the news from the West Bank that many of us saw when we woke up on Friday--that 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh had died in an arson fire set by Israeli settlers. As we read the news, Ali’s four-year-old brother and parents were in the hospital being treated for burn injuries. It wasn’t long before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the US, the UN, and the European Union condemned this act of violence. Most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Army, too, called this an act of terror.
Pope Francis recently released a highly anticipated papal encyclical, Laudato Si', on the subject of climate change. This study guide is intended to assist individuals or small groups to read and digest Laudato Si’. It follows the natural divisions of the letter and recommends scriptural and worship resources to create a seven part study designed to encourage fruitful conversation. It is our hope that these conversations will lead to a surge of faithful action on the part of Christians from all traditions to care for our common home.
We celebrate the use of creative diplomacy shown in the Iran Nuclear Deal announced Monday that diminishes the threat of war and nuclear proliferation in our world. We applaud the Obama administration for not walking away from the negotiating table, even though many in our country cry for a rejection of the deal, which would surely lead to violent conflict.