July 2nd, 2010
08:36 AM ET

Hankering to serve in Gulf Coast, missionaries at a loss

Pastor Jack Kale leads a 'Worship at the Water' service organized last month by Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida.

The phone calls keep coming at the United Methodist Committee on Relief offices in Washington. National volunteers who turned out by the tens of thousands to help clean up and rebuild destroyed homes after Hurricane Katrina five years ago are desperate to lend a hand again in the face of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

But the problem with this oil disaster, explained the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, who directs UMCOR’s disaster response for the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, is that his organization doesn't know what to tell the would-be missionaries.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Environment • Interfaith issues

June 30th, 2010
03:04 PM ET

iReport: Church group witnesses 'another disaster in the making'

About three times a year, a church group from Washington, D.C., heads down to New Orleans to help rebuild the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  This month, they took a break from their mission and headed down to Grande Isle State Park.  There, CNN iReporter Jonathan Nateghi-Asli said they witnessed "another disaster in the making." 

View Nateghi-Asli's iReport

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Environment

June 21st, 2010
03:04 PM ET

Is global warming the civil rights issue of the 21st century?

If you want to know how the issue of global warming is dividing the evangelical world, Richard Cizik’s story is a good place to start.

Cizik was recently a leader in the National Association of Evangelicals, a powerful, 68-year-old conservative group. When Cizik tried to convince the NAE to take a public stand on global warming, he was booted from the association, according to Paul Rogat Loeb, author of “Jesus and Climate Change - The Journey of  Rich Cizik.” FULL POST

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Environment • Jesus

June 20th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Louisiana lawmakers declare day of prayer to stop oil disaster

Louisiana's state senate has designated today a statewide day of prayer in response to the Gulf oil spill.

"Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail," state Sen. Robert Adley said in a statement. "It is clearly time for a miracle for us."

From the senate resolution:

WHEREAS, a day of unified, intercessory prayer, by and for those people living throughout the regions around the Gulf of Mexico, to pray for an end to this environmental emergency, sparing us all from the destruction of both culture and livelihood;

Full resolution here. Story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Environment

June 18th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

My Take: How should Christians respond to the oil spill?

Editor's Note: Jonathan Merritt is the author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet. He blogs at www.jonathanmerritt.com.

By Jonathan Merritt, Special to CNN

What was your first response when you got news that a catastrophic explosion had caused a leak at a BP oil rig? Did you grab your wallet and bemoan the impending gas price spike? Or did you shrug your shoulders because you didn’t think it would affect you? The worst environmental crisis in our nation’s history has elicited a gamut of responses from Americans—especially Christian Americans.

Unfortunately, most of their responses have been wrong.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Environment

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