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A Rocha USA
P.O. Box 6761
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-9331
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http://en.arocha.org/usa/index.html

A Rocha USA's mission is the Conservation of habitats and species world-wide through environmental education, conservation activities and scientific research. This mission can be accomplished in local neighborhoods, at a field study center, or in far-flung parts of the world. A Rocha is in the business of reconciliation - between people and God; people and the natural world; and people with each other. In addition to Conservation and Community, A Rocha is rooted and motivated by biblical faith. Many articles throughout A Rocha's website explore the connection between biblical faith, life, culture and conservation. An additional core value for A Rocha is Cross-Cultural. A Rocha is an international para-religious conservation organization.

Association for Religion and Ecology 
Nashville, TN
(615)944-9225
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http://www.arecology.org/

Here religious groups and individuals can find many resources on practicing a more green lifestyle and join with others who have also become conscious of our environmental impact.  The ARE links individuals, households, churches, faith groups, organizations, or any other religious entity together through a network of eco-practice, awareness, and advocacy.   Membership is free and open to anyone who is interested in nature or ecology and is willing to live a more eco-conscious life.

Au Sable Institute
3770 Lake Drive, SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 
(616)526-9952
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http://ausable.org/au.main.cfm

An ecumenical Christian environmental stewardship Institute whose mission is to bring healing and wholeness to the biosphere and the whole of Creation. Provides courses for college students, environmental education for school children and adults, retreats and conferences, and educational outreach services for churches and the wider world community.

California Interfaith Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment 
165 11th Street
San Fransisco CA 94103
(707)826-1948
http://www.nrpe.org/profiles/profiles_vi_A_18_01.htm

The California Interfaith Partnership for Children's Health and the Environment ("Interfaith Partnership") is spearheaded by a collaboration between the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). It is a collaboration born out of concern for the harmful effects of environmental chemicals on our children's ability to properly learn, develop, and become healthy, full-functioning adults. Out of a care for creation and an interest in giving future generations every advantage of good health and quality of life, we are committed to reducing harmful environmental exposures to our most vulnerable populations, namely our children. Work of the Interfaith Partnership focuses on public education presentations by the Interfaith Partnership's volunteer speakers bureau and support of public policy efforts on children's environmental health.

California Interfaith Power and Light
1904 Franklin St. Suite 910 
Oakland, CA 94612 
(510) 444-4078 or (866) 457-2476 
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http://www.interfaithpower.org/

California Interfaith Power & Light seeks to be faithful stewards of God's Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This ministry intends to protect the earth's ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all. We are a statewide interfaith global warming devoted to helping congregations reduce their energy use, educate their members about global warming and support state public policies that address these issues.   Facilitates working groups in regions throughout CA, a program for youth groups to sell compact fluorescent light bulbs, a bi-monthly newsletter and periodic email updates for our members and active support for statewide legislation that addresses global warming.

Canfei Nesharim
(212) 284-6745 
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http://www.canfeinesharim.org/

Canfei Nesharim ("the wings of eagles") is an organization of Orthodox Jews who are dedicated to educating the Orthodox community about the importance of protecting the environment from the perspective of Jewish tradition and Halacha. Their goal is to help Orthodox Jews understand the halachos that are relevant to environmental protection, the significant environmental challenges being faced in the world, and empower them to take actions which will make a difference in addressing those challenges.

Catholic Conservation Center
PO Box 300 
Wading River, NY 11792 
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http://conservation.catholic.org/

Based out of the Environmental Group of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, the Center's mission is "to inspire and inform people about ecology, environmental justice, and the stewardship of creation in light of Scripture and Roman Catholic Tradition.” They offer a web-based collection of resources and ideas for action.

The Christian Environmental Project
P.O. Box 80092 
Portland, OR 97280

The Christian Environmental Project is “…an independent ‘think tank’ ministry [Christian, Ecumenical] that promotes clean air, clean water and pure food for all people and reverent use of God’s creation.” They offer a free, biannual newsletter: It’s Not Easy Being Green.

Center for a New American Dream
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 900 
Takoma Park, MD 20912 
(301) 891-3683 or 1 (877) 68-DREAM
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http://www.newdream.org/

Secular organization that helps congregations change the way they consume (as individuals and institutions) in order to protect the environment, promote social justice, and enhance quality of life. Their programs include: “Turn the Tide,” a program of nine actions that help individuals change personal consumption patterns;   “Step by Step,” and a monthly email action bulletin; “Simplify the Holidays.”

Center for Respect of Life and Environment
2100 "L" St. NW 
Washington, DC 20037 
(202) 778-6133 
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http://www.center1.com/crle.html

An interfaith organization that “examines the basic assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs that underlie our relationship with the natural world…” They publish Earth Ethics and promotes understanding of the Earth Charter.

Center for the Celebration of Creation
8812 Germantown Ave. 
Philadelphia , PA 19118 
(215) 242-9321 
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http://environment.harvard.edu/religion/religion/christianity/projects/center_celebr.html

The Center for the Celebration of Creation is a program of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church. An interfaith coalition, the Center serves to educate congregations about environmental issues, involve them in the political process, and provide guidance on concrete steps for restoring God's creation. They also create programs and materials for congregations to use in worship and study along with festive events, rituals, seminars, and other gatherings that express our belonging to God and the healing dynamic of the earth.

Christian Simple Living
University Park Church of the Brethren
University Park, MD
http://www.christiansimpleliving.org/

Christiansimpleliving.org is a ministry of the University Park Church of the Brethren in University Park, Maryland. It seeks to lay out the basic principles of, and resources for 21st Century Christian simple living, as well as the basis for a theology for modern/post modern simplicity. It attempts to lay a path for following Christ today by knitting together the life of the early church and the Radical Reformation with a 21st Century Anabaptist response to consumer culture. The site outlines the elements of Christian simplicity from an Anabaptist perspective, including living with less, living lightly on the planet, increasing spirituality, building community, staying healthy through healthy eating, exercise and having good health care, and a number of other topics. It emphasizes a non-conforming way of living in response to consumer culture.

Churches' Center for Land and People
Mr. Tony Ends
c/o St. Benedict's Center
4200 County Highway M
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 831-9319 
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http://www.op.org/cclp/default.htm

Churches' Center for Land and People is an ecumenical organization that brings together churches, groups, and individuals to strengthen rural life and ministry in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. CCLP fosters unity and hope in a spirit of renewal, earth stewardship, justice, and shared commitment. They serve as a voice for rural perspectives and concerns in our churches and society.

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
443 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-7436 
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http://www.coejl.org/index.php

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life was founded in 1993 to promote environmental education, scholarship, advocacy, and action in the American Jewish community. COEJL is sponsored by a broad coalition of national Jewish organizations and has organized regional affiliates in communities across North America. They work to integrate Jewish environmentalism into the educational, religious, and practical endeavors of Jewish communal institutions. They work with Jewish public affairs agencies and coalitions concerning the environment, and they create annual national, regional, and local education and action programs.

Congregations Caring for Creation
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
(612)331-1099 
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http://www.c3mn.net/

Congregations Caring for Creation is a Minnesota-based organization that seeks to promote the active care of creation as integral to spiritual life and social justice in Minnesota communities of faith. They work throughout Minnesota with over 40 clergy and lay persons from Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations and leaders from environmental groups to design ways in which local congregations can work with their local communities to achieve tangible improvements in ecological health and sustainability of their bioregions.

Earth Ministry
6512 23rd Ave. NW, Ste. 317 
Seattle, WA 98117 
(206) 632-2426 
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http://www.earthministry.org/

An ecumenical, Christian nonprofit that helps individuals and congregations connect their faith with care for the Earth. Publishes Earth Letter mini-journal, and curricula: Simpler Living, Compassionate Life andFood, Faith & Sustainability. They have created many resources for congregations including Handbook for Creation Awareness and Care and their local Colleague Support Program.  Earth Ministry offers many local offerings, in the pacific northwest: field trips, hands-on restoration events, lectures, gatherings, speakers network, advocacy opportunities, and resource library.

Earth and Spirit Council of Oregon
P.O. Box 25183
Portland , OR 97298 
(503) 452-4483 
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http://www.earthandspirit.org/esmission.html

Formed in 1991, Earth and Spirit Council's mission is, "To reawaken our spiritual connection to the Earth and engage ourselves and others in Earth-conscious living." Though not affiliated with any particular religion or spiritual practice, Earth and Spirit Council instead provides a forum for all the worlds' practices to explore their common connection and commitment to protecting the environment. Supplementing this approach is that ESC is one of the few organizations to incorporate indigenous cultures' wisdom about the environment into its work.

EarthCare
P.O. Box 23291 
Chattanooga , TN 37422 
(706) 278-3979
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http://www.earthcareonline.org/

EarthCare is a Christian organization that exists to promote creation stewardship within the Christian community. It seeks to raise environmental awareness and encourage participation in church and community projects through various educational and advisory programs, as well as by being actively involved as a model for others to follow.

Eco-Justice Collaborative
A project of Jubilee Economics Ministries
4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite #429
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 860-8500 
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http://www.ecojusticecollaborative.org/

Eco-Justice Collaborative works to raise public awareness around the consequences of public policy and personal lifestyle choices globally. Then they seek change to those economic systems and structures that have placed our creation at risk by working with others to build alternatives that lift up, rather than destroy life.

Eco-Justice Ministries
400 S. Williams St. 
Denver, CO 80209 
(303) 715-3873 
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http://www.eco-justice.org/

An ecumenical Christian organization that helps to bring “an Eco-Justice theological perspective into the life and ministry of churches.” They provide congregational resources in the following dimensions: worship, education, pastoral care, administration, outreach, fellowship & community.

Ecumenical Eco-Justice Network
1200 Fairwood Drive 
Elgin, IL 60123-1454 
(847) 717-4170 
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http://www.ecojusticenetwork.org/

Ecumenical Eco-Justice Network brings together people from all walks of life to explore issues, to share and sharpen the vision of an eco-just future, and to enjoy and support each other in expressing common concern and commitment.   Publishes aquarterly newsletter: Between the Flood and the Rainbow. They also sponsor local and regional meetings and conferences for education and action; produces educational resources.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
0245 SW Bancroft Street
Suite B
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 221-1054
fax: (503) 223-7007
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http://www.emoregon.org/environmental_ministries.php

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is an association of 17 Christian denominations including Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox bodies across the state that work together for unity and justice. Through community ministry, public policy advocacy, theological education and dialogue and environmental ministry, EMO participates in the collective task of building a just and compassionate world for all people. We invite you to participate in this collaborative effort to create a world of possibility for all God's people in Oregon and beyond.

Environmental Ministries of Southern California
7579 Blue Lake Dr. 
San Diego, CA 92119 
(619) 444-2600
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An ecumenical Christian organization (linked with the United Methodist Church) that helps individuals and congregations to learn about and care for Creation.   Their web site contains resources for congregations including litanies, sermons, Earth Day resources and various “thought pieces.”

Episcopal Ecological Network
P.O. Box 65,
Elk River, MN 55330-0065 
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http://www.eenonline.org/

Episcopal Ecological Network is a national network of concerned Episcopalians which was formed shortly before the 1991 General Convention, and was instrumental in supporting the resolutions adopted at that convention which authorized the creation of the national Environmental Stewardship Team. Connects Episcopalians throughout the country with others in their diocese working to care for creation.

Evangelical Environment Network
10 E. Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096-3495
(202) 554-1955
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http://www.creationcare.org/

The Evangelical Environment Network was initiated by World Vision and Evangelicals for Social Action as part of a growing movement among Christians to respond faithfully to the biblical mandate for caring stewardship of God's creation. EEN recognizes many environmental problems are fundamentally spiritual problems. They publishes Creation Care Magazine as well as engaging directly in advocacy and producing curricula and other resources for pastors and laity.

Environmental Partnerships, Inc.
1 Taft Drive
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-4021
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http://www.environmentalpartnerships.org/

The mission of Environmental Partnerships, Inc. is to assist faith communities and environmental groups to be effective partners working for environmental justice and stewardship. To achieve this goal, EP helps parishes address environmental issues of local concern, helps environmental groups develop programs with the faith community, and supports lay peoples' crucial role in discussing multifaceted scientific and technical issues. Among their work is to build relationships and coalitions between urban and suburban communities.

Faith in Place
2125 West North Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60647 
(773) 235-4640 
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http://www.faithinplace.org/

Faith in Place seeks to engage religious congregations in the Chicago Region around issues of long term environmental sustainability, in partnership with Center for Neighborhood Technology. Facilitates projects locally in Chicago region: neighborhood food co-op, urban agriculture, “night lighting,” transportation planning, affordable housing, stewardship of a forest preserve, butterfly gardening, and congregational education.

The Forum on Religion and Ecology
P.O. Box 280
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570–523–0929
email:
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http://environment.harvard.edu/religion/

The Forum on Religion and Ecology has set the establishment of religion and ecology as an academic area of study and research in universities, colleges, seminaries, and other religiously affiliated institutions as its primary goal. In pursuit of this goal, the Forum is focusing its efforts in three key areas: research, education, and outreach. Their website contains resources and information on the world’s religions, intersecting disciplines (science, economics, public policy, ethics, gender studies), resources for educators and other publications.

Faiths United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE)
4144 Chase Ave
Miami Beach FL 33140
1-877-775-FUSE (3873)
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http://www.fusenow.org/

FUSE is an interfaith nonprofit whose mission is to educate, mobilize and unite communities of faith to act on the increasingly harmful effects of our society's dependence on fossil fuels.

Greenfaith
46 Bayard St., #401
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 565-7740 
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http://www.greenfaith.org/

GreenFaith is New Jersey's interfaith coalition for the environment. Founded in 1992 as PEQ, they inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse spiritual backgrounds to deepen their relationship with the sacred in nature and restore the environment for future generations

Hazon
829 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-2332
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http://www.hazon.org/

The word hazon is Hebrew for "vision." Their vision is of a renewed Jewish community: one that is rooted in Jewish tradition, engaged with the world around us, radically inclusive, passionate and creative. Hazon's mission is to create and support a range of programs, especially (though not exclusively) focused on Jewish outdoor and environmental education, in order to bring joy and meaning to people's lives and thus to foster new vision in the Jewish community and the world beyond.

Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center
1216 NE 65th Street 
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 223.1138
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http://ipjc.org

IPJC promotes just structures in the church and in the world, with a particular focus on the Pacific Northwest. IPJC is sponsored by eight religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission. Hosts Women’s Justice Circles, “Plunge and Immersion,” and Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment. Publishes AMOS (A Matter of Spirit) newsletter quarterly, resource packets on (for example) sweatshops and simplicity, a guide for theColumbia River Bishops Pastoral, and other resources.

Interfaith Climate Change Network
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life 
Eco-Justice Programs of the National Council of Churches 
443 Park Avenue South 
New York, NY 10016 
212-684-6950, ext. 210 
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http://www.protectingcreation.org/

The Interfaith Climate Change Network (ICCN) is a collaborative effort of the Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. The ICCN’s goal is to pursue justice for the poor around the world and protect all life on Earth by taking action to address global climate change. They have an Action Network, and organize State Interfaith Climate Change Campaigns in 18 states.

Interfaith Coalition for the Environment - Maryland
c/o Paulette Hammond
401 Westshire Road
Baltimore, MD 21229
(410) 747-3811 
http://www.interfaith-coalition-for-the-environment.org/

The Interfaith Coalition for the Environment is a charitable, grassroots organization of men and women, lay and ordained, from various religious and spiritual traditions who believe that care for creation and environmental justice are important matters common to us all.  They promote projects, programs and activities to help their members and others of faith recognize and act on these beliefs.

Interfaith Coalition for the Environment
PO Box 29
Fullerton CA 92832
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http://www.ocice.org/

The Interfaith Coalition for the Environment was founded in the winter of 1997 as a task force of Green Networking for Orange County (GNOC), in order to help support and promote faith-based communities work in the area of Environmental Justice.

Interfaith Coalition on Energy
7217 Oak Avenue
Melrose Park, PA 19027 
(215) 635-1122 
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http://www.interfaithenergy.com/

An interfaith organization that works specifically on energy conservation and improved efficiency. They offer workshops, consultations, and a wide variety of printed resources for energy efficiency and conservation in congregations.

Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon 
0245 SW Bancroft, Suite B 
Portland, OR 97201 
(503) 221-1054
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http://www.emoregon.org/earth_concerns.php

Connects, informs, and empowers “people, congregations and religious institutions to work for justice and the care and renewal of the earth. Our aim is to foster an awareness that care for creation is integral to a life of faith.” Top priorities and task groups include: food sustainability and security, environmental justice, Metro livability, energy and global warming, salmon recovery, and watershed protection. Offers printed educational resources, workshops, conferences, dvocacy and direct congregational assistance.

Interfaith Works
183 West Main Street 
Kutztown, PA 19530 
(610) 683-9455 
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http://www.interfaithworks.org/

Interfaith Works is an organization that partners with religious organizations to do good works by integrating environmental stewardship with community outreach.IW works with congregations to help connect their faith, their community and the environment. They provide a Sanctuary Exchange program, which supplies energy audits and funding towards building upgrades to congregations that use their buildings extensively and provide essential community outreach programs. They also produce a curriculum, Exploration/Expression, that explores connections between faith, religious spaces and our environment and offer renewable power purchasing guidance

Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
P.O. Box 270147
West Hartford , CT 06127 
(860) 231-8554 
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http://irejn.org/

Interreligious Eco-Justice Network engages people of diverse faith traditions in prayer, dialogue, education, advocacy and celebration of the sacredness of creation.  The network encourages faithful living that reflects a right relationship between humankind and the environment.

Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham, UK
http://ifees.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=92

From tentative beginnings in the mid 1980's IFEES has established itself as perhaps the only internationally recognised body articulating the Islamic position on these matters and at the same time attempting to give practical manifestation to this.

The Joseph Sittler Archives
Barry Hopkins
Public Services, JKM Library
The Joseph A. Sittler Archives Committee
1100 E 55th St
Chicago IL 60615
(773) 256-0738
http://www.josephsittler.org/

This is a website dedicated to the life and work of Lutheran theologian Joseph Sittler. A pioneer in the area of environmental and eco-theological writing and research, this website offers a comprehensive resource of Sittler's work as well as a great deal of information about the man. There is also a multimedia section, and the opportunity to join a Sittler discussion group.

Maine Council of Churches
Environmental Justice Program
19 Pleasant Ave
Portland ME 04103
(207)772-1918
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http://www.mainecouncilofchurches.org/environhomepg1.htm

Through its “Be a Good Apple!” pledge project, our work with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and other environmental justice initiatives, the Council helps interested congregations to establish relationships with local farm producers and to encourage their members to pledge $10 in local food purchases each week. As the faith-based member of “Maine Partners for Cool Communities” (the other four being the American Lung Association, Maine Energy Investment Corporation, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club), the Council works with its partners to empower communities to solve global warming “one Maine community at a time,” by building a clean energy economy and improving public health through cleaner air.

Ministry of Money
11315 Neelsville Church Road, 
Germantown, MD 20876 
(301) 428-9560 
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http://www.ministryofmoney.org/

An ecumenical Christian ministry “that encourages all persons to become free from their attachment to cultural values regarding money and to live out joyfully God’s call for their lives and resources.” Organize and facilitate Money & Faith retreats, Money & Faith study circles, “pilgrimages of reverse mission,” and a sub-group for women exploring issues of money.

National Catholic Rural Life Conference
Science and Environmental Education 
4625 Beaver Avenue 
Des Moines, IA 50310-2199 
515-270-2634
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http://www.ncrlc.com/

National Catholic Rural Life Conference helps shape the Roman Catholic perspective on environmental and rural life issues in the light of Catholic social and environmental teaching and acts as a catalyst and convener for environmental and rural social justice. Also hosts ecumenical, community-wide conferences and workshops. Offers advocacy and public policy efforts around sustainable agriculture, ducational campaigns and publications.

National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC)
Eco-Justice Working Group         
110 Maryland Avenue NE 
Washington, DC 20002
(202)544-2350
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www.nccecojustice.org

The NCC Eco-Justice Working Group provides an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox denominations to work together to protect and restore God's creation. Provides Earth Day curriculum and mailings, updated environmental justice resource lists and distribution center, Climate Change information & strategy packet and video. Offers Environmental justice covenant congregation program, energy stewardship congregations program, environmental justice coordinators program. Also faciliates the Black Church and Orthodox churches environmental justice programs.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE)
49 South Pleasant Street, Suite 301 
Amherst, MA 01002 
(413)253-1515
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http://www.nrpe.org/

An interfaith organization with the following partners: COEJL, the NCC, the USCC, and the EEN. “The Partnership is integrating care for God's creation throughout religious life: theology, worship, social teaching, education, congregational life, and public policy initiative. And we seek to provide inspiration, moral vision, and commitment to social justice for all efforts to protect the natural world and human well-being within it.” Printed curricula and other resources. Direct advocacy. Various campaigns including the Interfaith Climate Change Campaign.

Network of Spiritual Progressives
2342 Shattuck Ave
Suite 1200
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510)644-1200
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http://www.spiritualprogressives.org/

The Network of Spiritual Progressives is a community of people from many faiths and traditions, called together by the Spiritual Covenant with America and its vision of healing and transforming our world. Included in this call is both the outer transformation needed to achieve social justice, ecological sanity, and world peace, and the inner healing needed to foster loving relationships, a generous attitude toward the world and toward others unimpeded by the distortions of our egos. The movement will encourage a habit of generosity and trust, and the ability to respond to the grandeur of creation with awe, wonder and radical amazement.

The Network of Spiritual Progressives was founded based on three basic tenets: 
* Changing the Bottom Line in America 
* Challenging the Misuse of Religion, God and Spirit by the Religious Right 
* Challenging the Many Anti-Religious and Anti-Spiritual Assumptions and Behaviors That Have Increasingly Become Part of the Liberal Culture

New Community Project
718 Wilder Street 
Elgin, IL 60123 
888-800-2985 
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http://www.newcommunityproject.org/

The mission of the New Community Project is to help all of us think twice about the impact of our lifestyles on the planet and the vast disparities between the world's people. They do this by sponsoring Learning Tours (domestic and international) to places where God's people and/or God's creation are struggling; providing speakers and workshop leaders for colleges, congregations, youth events, and other gathering. They also place Solidarity Workers in other countries and culture as well as offering a variety of engaging print and web-based resources, create a support network for like-minded souls, with a special interest in empowering youth and young adults.

Noah Alliance
(707) 826-1948 
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http://www.noahalliance.org/

The Noah Alliance is a new collaboration of Jewish, Evangelical, Protestant, and other religious community organizations, and individual people of faith, that are concerned about the protection of endangered species and biological diversity.The Noah Alliance seeks to provide a service by pulling together written materials pertaining to conservation from a faith perspective with an emphasis on the protection of endangered species and the web of life. To the extent possible, these materials are accessible through the Noah Alliance website.

North American Coalition for Christianity and Ecology
866 Park Place 
Brooklyn, NY 
(718) 996-5139
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http://www.nacce.org/

NACCE is “…an ecumenical, voluntary, tax-exempt organization. It was established in 1986 to encourage the many strands of Christian tradition in the work of healing the damaged earth, out of a common concern and love for God's creation.” Publishes Earthkeeping News, a newsletter that describes and announces a number of Creation-care efforts throughout the U.S. Fosters “Earthkeeping Circles” throughout the country which seeks to connect interested Christians with one another.

North Carolina Council of Churches
1307 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 156
Raleigh, NC 27605-3256
ph (919) 828-6501
fax ( 919) 828-9697
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http://www.nccouncilofchurches.org/

From efforts on behalf of farmworkers, to encouraging the protection of God's earth, to exposing racism within the criminal justice system, the North Carolina Council of Churches is at the forefront of progressive social issues that go to the heart of whom God would have us to be. By drawing together members of 15 Christian denominations in this work, the Council also serves our other key focus, Christian unity. While the Council is itself overtly Christian, many of the committees and task groups are interfaith, including members from non-Christian faith communities.

Northwest Earth Institute
317 SW Alder, Suite 1050
Portland, OR 97204
ph (503) 227 2807
fax (503) 227 2917
http://www.nwei.org/

The Northwest Earth Institute offers a series of six self-facilitated discussion courses on Choices for Sustainable Living, Discovering a Sense of Place, Deep Ecology, Voluntary Simplicity, Healthy
Children-Healthy Planet and Globalization.

Partnership For Earth Spirituality
P.O. Box 6531 
Albuquerque, NM 87197
(505) 266-6966
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http://www.earthspirituality.org/

The Partnership for Earth Spirituality brings together people from various religious traditions, ages, cultures and economic backgrounds to promote a better understanding of the interdependence of ecology and spirituality. The Partnership's vision is explored through retreats, forums, seasonal rituals, wilderness experiences, programs for children, hands-on projects and education for sound environmental policies. Their website offers liturgies, art, other resources as well as updates on their many local programs and opportunities.

The Regeneration Project
PO Box 29336
The Presedio 
San Francisco, CA 94129 
(415) 561-4891
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http://www.theregenerationproject.org/

The Regeneration Project is committed to lead communities of faith to a deeper understanding of what it means to be "Good Stewards" of creation.   To achieve this goal, they have helped to found California Interfaith Power and Light (CIP&L). We are currently working to develop other programs to assist faith communities to develop a sense of environmental leadership. Offers education regarding global warming and practical help for congregations buying “green energy.”

Religious Witness for the Earth
PO Box 642 
Littleton, MA 01460 -2642 
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http://www.religiouswitness.org/

Religious Witness for the Earth (RWE) is a national interfaith network dedicated to public witness in defense of Creation. Seeing climate change and environmental devastation as issues of justice, RWE invokes the loving spirit, selfless courage, and moral authority of the civil rights movement. They seek to work through prayer, education, and nonviolent action.

Restoring Eden
PO Box 877 
La Center, WA 98629
(360) 574-8230 
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http://www.restoringeden.org/

Restoring Eden is grassroots environmental movement within the Christian church. They are dedicated to encouraging faithful stewardship of the natural world as a biblical, moral, and wise value.  Their work focuses around three things: nature appreciation, environmental stewardship, and public advocacy.

Sacred Earth Network
93A Glasheen Road 
Petersham, MA 01366 
(978) 724-0120
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http://www.sacredearthnetwork.org/

International, interfaith organization that strives to empower people to work in defense of the biosphere and create a sustainable culture. Offers workshops, presentations, customized programs for organizations, “full immersion” trips, and action projects. Emphasis on learning and relationships with indigenous peoples throughout the world.

The Shalom Center
Lincoln Drive
Philadelphia PA 19119
(215)844-8494 
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http://www.shalomctr.org/

The Shalom Center was founded in 1983 as a division of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, then a member of the RRC faculty, who became its director, and Ira Silverman, alav hashalom, then president of RRC. Its original mission was to address the raging nuclear arms race from a Jewish perspective. It addressed this question as the danger of a planetary ecological disaster (the "Flood of Fire," in Jewish tradition) rather than an ordinary war-peace question. Beginning in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the diminution of the nuclear arms race, The Shalom Center refocused on other planetary ecological dangers. Waskow developed both a theology and practice of eco-Judaism and wrote several books on those questions, while The Shalom Center went forward with these issues.

Shomrei Adamah
Rachel Lettre
(202) 342-3335
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http://www.geocities.com/guardiansoftheearth/

Shomrei Adamah (Hebrew for "Guardians of the Earth") is the non-profit Jewish environmental organization of the greater Washington, D.C. area. They promote the connection between ecology and Jewish tradition through education, religious practice, social events, and activism.

Spirit in Nature
P.O. Box 255 
East Middlebury, Vermont 05740
( 802) 388-3694
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http://www.spiritinnature.com/

Spirit in Nature (SpIN) is a place of interconnecting paths where people of diverse spiritual traditions may walk, worship, meet, meditate, and promote education and action toward better stewardship of this sacred earth.The focal point of Spirit in Nature's mission is to educate the community about the environment through the vehicle of traditional religions, and to promote action based on spiritually-sensitive concern for the environment.

Target Earth
P.O. Box 10777 
Tempe, AZ 85384 
(610) 909-9470
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http://www.targetearth.org/

Target Earth is a national movement of Christians who reflect this commitment to care. It's a movement of individuals, churches, college fellowships and Christian ministries motivated by the biblical call to be faithful stewards of everything God created-to love our neighbors as ourselves and to care for the earth. Service projects and internships in the U.S. and in developing countries, including program in Belize. Offers academic programs and field stations and outdoor awareness programs. Publishes Target Earthnewsletter.

United States Catholic Conference (USCC)
Environmental Justice Program 
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 
(202) 541-3182 
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http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/ejp/

In partnership with the NRPE, this program “…seeks to educate and motivate Catholics to a deeper respect for God's creation, and to engage parishes in activities aimed at dealing with environmental problems, particularly as they affect the poor.”  Offers a variety of printed and web-based parish resources. Leadership training through workshops and grants, direct advocacy, environmental justice and parish projects.

Voices for Earth Justice
21695 Rougewood Drive
Southfield MI 48033
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http://www.voices4earth.org/

Voices for Earth Justice is an interfaith network of people committed to prayer, education and action that deepen our sense of wonder, responsibility, and gratitude for all creation.

Web of Creation
1100 East 5th Street, 
Chicago, IL 60615 
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http://webofcreation.org/

Home of the Green Congregation Program; established to facilitate the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world-from religious perspectives. The Web of Creation is maintained by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is supported through grant funding, sponsorship, and endorsement from a variety of faith-based sources. Web-based resource for a myriad of congregational resources (e.g., worship, religious education, property, personal lifestyle, and public witness and ministry. Affiliated with other sites: www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org, www.letallcreationpraise.org, www.bibleandecology.org, www.greenseminaries.org, and www.racinegreencongregations.org.

Whidbey Institute
P.O. Box 57
Clinton, WA 98236
(360) 341-1884 
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http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/

An interfaith organization that “…cultivates creative leadership for Earth, Spirit, and the Human Future.   Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, the beauty and power of our Chinook Center provide a place where the ecological, social, and spiritual challenges of our time can be engaged on behalf of a more sustainable and just world.” Offers on site workshops, retreats, celebrations, and trips, and an “On-line” colloquium.

 


International Para-Religious Organizations


A Rocha International
3 Hooper St, Cambridge, CB1 2NZ, UK.
+44 (0) 13 8771 0286 
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http://en.arocha.org/home

A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation, with its name coming from the Portuguese for "the Rock", as the first initiative was a field study centre near the Alvor Estuary in Portugal. As Christians all over the world have recognised the urgent need to protect and restore important habitats, A Rocha has become a family of projects working in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America and Asia. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education. Their site offers great resources and expressions of international environmental work

Catholic Earthcare Australia
Mater Dei Property
229 Macquarie Grove Road, Camden, NSW, Australia, 2570
+61 (0) 2 4655 4855
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http://www.catholicearthcareoz.net/

Catholic Earthcare Australia sees it mission is to help promote understanding among people that creation is sacred and endangered, and that the natural world needs protection and preservation for present and future generations yet unborn. Their website offers a number of resources and a sampe of an environmental audit.

Christian Ecology Link
3, Bond Street, Lancaster, LA1 3ER, UK
+44 (0) 1 5243 3858 
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http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/

The Christian Ecology Link is based in the United Kingdom and seeks to offer insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches as well as to o ffers Christian insights to the Green movement. They offer newsletters, a periodic leaflet to use in congregations, a number of resources as well as a daily prayer guide.

Climate Stewards
13 Avenue Road
Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3BL
+44 (0) 20 8574 5935
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http://www.climatestewards.net/

Climate Stewards enables people to offset their personal contribution to CO2 emissions through tree-planting schemes and associated activities. Projects are focused on encouraging biodiversity and species conservation, so the environment wins both ways. Climate Stewards projects always involve the local community, benefiting the people as well as the wildlife.

Eco-Congregation
The Arthur Rank Centre 
National Agricultural Centre 
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ, UK

+44 (0) 24 7685 3061
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http://www.ecocongregation.org/

An organization from England and Ireland, Eco-Congregation aims to encourage churches to consider environmental issues within a Christian context and enable local churches to make positive contributions in their life and mission. It sees itself as an ecumenical environmental toolkit with, resources, support, andan award scheme to encourage churches to weave creation care into their life and mission. They have a great deal of resources, "modules" for implementing environmental issues into all aspects of the life of a congregation, from worship, to education, to building.

European Christian Environment Network
Conference of European Churches 
Rue Joseph II 174, BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium 
00 32 2 230 1732 
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http://www.ecen.org/

ECEN aims to enable the churches of Europe and Christian groups involved in environmental work to share information, to pool our common experiences and to encourage each other in being a united witness to caring for God's creation. The network embraces a wide variety of church traditions and a broad range of environmental work. This includes policy issues like climate change and water, promoting an awareness of God's creation in worship and liturgy, practical environmental management in churches, and much more.

Floresta
Floresta USA
4903 Morena Blvd, Suite 1215
San Diego, California 92117

(800) 633-5319
http://www.floresta.org/

Floresta USA and its Dominican sister organization, Floresta Incorporada were founded in 1984, out of a new vision for economic development that would be sustainable and benefit the environment. Floresta sought to make lasting change through development that restored productivity to degraded land and dignity to the rural poor, while providing opportunities for upcoming generations.

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Department of Religion
The University of Florida
POB 117410
Gainesville, FL 32611-7410
(352) 392-1625 x235 
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http://www.religionandnature.com/society/index.htm

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (ISSRNC) is a community of scholars engaged in critical inquiry into the relationships among human beings and their diverse cultures, environments, religious beliefs and practices. The ISSRNC facilitates scholarly collaboration and research, and disseminates research findings through regular conferences and the affiliated Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.

Neot Kedumim
Neot Kedumim, Israel 
972 8 977 0777
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http://www.n-k.org.il/public/index.htm

Neot Kedumim — the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Far more than a "garden" showing various biblical plants, Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

Religious Eduation and Environment Program
No. 17 Allan House,
55 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8QX 
+44 (0) 20 7404 6859
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http://www.reep.org

REEP (The Religious Education and Environment Programme) provides unusual and thought-provoking resources for teachers and learners. REEP specialises in the fields of spirituality, the environment and religion. Resources are free to schools via the website. They provide resources for education and seeks to work with and for multi-faith education. They provide "collective worships" to experience and pray for care of the earth and other environental learnings.

The Sangha Network
Executive Director Ven. Hiek Sopheap
Wat Svay Porpe, St. Sothearos
Sangkat Tonle Basac, Khan
Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 (0) 12 781 545
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http://www.sanghanetwork.org/index.php

The Sangha Network website aims to map Buddhist communities in Asia working to promote environmental conservation at international, national and grassroots levels. The website, a project of the Association of Buddhists for the Environment (ABE), was launched in 2005 with the support of the UK-based Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), and is dedicated to helping monks, nuns and the Buddhist laity to connect with one another as well as with Ministries, Government, Forestry and Fishery departments, wildlife bodies, NGOs, training bodies and individuals and organizations involved in natural resource management.

 

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