Putting Faith In The Environment
Environmentalism is becoming such a compelling moral issue that by now it's woven its way into almost every religion. A well-written New York Times piece that ran last weekend documented an order of Episcopal nuns who are building NYC's first eco-convent. For it, they're planning to use recycled bricks, skylights, rooftop gardens, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, rainwater collection, and planet-preserving materials throughout. They also buy their food at farmers' markets and are searching for habits made of organic cotton.
The motivation for all this? The sisters believe that the earth is God's creation and that protecting it should be an important mission. A new Sierra Club book, Holy Ground: Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation, features writings by religious leaders and scholars of many faiths that have come to the same hopeful conclusion.