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"The time for timidity regarding God's creation is no more."
A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change (March 2008)
"The threat to the global environment presents American Baptists with a call for prompt and vigrous response."
General Board of the American Baptist Churches-June 1989
"It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop."
"The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw - and knew I saw - all things in God and God in all things."
Mechthild of Magdeburg, medieval mystic (1210-1282)
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
"He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercifully and to walk humbly with your God"
"Allah entrusted humanity with the guardianship of the earth. We have to fulfill that ancient trust now before it becomes too late."
Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and all those who live in it."
"Greater indeed than the creation of humankind is the creation of the heavens and the earth."
"Faith without action is dead."
"We cannot be all that God wants us to be without caring about the earth."
Rev. Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life
"The growing possibility of our destroying ourselves and the world with our own neglect and excess is tragic and very real."
"We make an appeal that everyone will make a determined effort to solve the current burning problem of ecology, in order to avoid the great risk threatening the world today due to the abuse of resources that are God's gift."
Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Bartholomew I, in a joint statement
"As Christians, our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to love our neighbors and to be stewards of God's creation. The good news is that with God's help, we can stop global warming, for our kids, our world, and for the Lord."
Rev. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
"Love of God, love of neighbor, and the demands of stewardship are more than enough reason for evangelical Christians to respond to the climate change problem with moral passion and concrete action."
from Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action
"You shall not pollute the land in which you live. . . .You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell."
Numbers 35:33-34, NRSV
"At the end of a materially rich day, Consumerism says, "Buy more." At the end of a spiritually rich life, God says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Serve God, Save the Planet by Matthew Sleeth, MD
"The land shall not be sold forever; for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me."
"To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation.
When we do it knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament.
When we do it ignorantly, greedily, destructively, it is a desecration."
"Shalom is never short-range; eventually, someone must pay dearly. Caring for creation is never a one-generation deal."
"In order to serve God, one needs access to the enjoyment of the beauties of nature, such as the contemplation of flower-decorated meadows, majestic mountains, flowing rivers. For all these are essential to the spiritual development of even the holiest people."
Rabbi Abraham ben Moses (1186 - 1237)
"The creation is quite like a spacious and splendid house, provided and filled with the most exquisite and the most abundant furnishings. Everything in it tells us of God."
John Calvin (1509-1564)
"A wrong attitude toward nature implies, somewhere, a wrong attitude toward God."
T. S. Eliot
"The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness...are contrary to the order of creation."
Pope John Paul II
"Our tradition calls us to protect the life and dignity of the human person, and it is increasingly clear that this task cannot be separated from the care and defense of all creation? We must seek a society where economic life and environmental commitment work together to protect and to enhance life on this planet."
US Conference of Catholic Bishops Renewing the Earth, 1991
"For the Church of the 21st Century, good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice. It is therefore central to what it means to be a Christian."
Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England
"It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest level of subsistence. "
Pope John Paul II
"The integrity of creation has a social aspect which we recognize as peace with justice, and an ecological impact which we recognize in the self-renewing, sustainable character of natural ecosystems. "
World Council of Churches Now Is the Time: The Final Document and Other Texts from the World Convocation on Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation
"As Christians, our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to love our neighbors and to be good stewards of God's creation. The good news is that with God's help, we can stop global warming for our kids, our world and for the Lord."
Evangelical Climate Initiative
"The environment is a values issue. There are significant and compelling theological reasons why it should be a banner issue for the Christian right."
Rev. Ted Haggard, National Association of Evangelicals
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
St. Francis of Assisi
"The universe does not exist for man's sake but each being exists for its own sake, and not because of some other being."
Moses Maimonides, Jewish philosopher (1135-1204)
"The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers; the heavens languish together with the earth. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant."
"Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?"
"Trust in God, but tie your camel first."
"We are violent by nature because we are violent with nature."
Rabbi Zoe Klein
"See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world - for if you do, there will be no one to repair it."
Kohelet Rabbah 7:28
"We don't have environmental problems, we have human problems."
Rev. Peter Sawtell
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."
"The poor and hungry of the earth are most vulnerable to rising sea levels, the spread of infectious disease, extending areas of drought, and other impacts of rising temperatures, many of which are already occurring. "
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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