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Presbyterians Seek To Address Emotional, Psychological Impact Of The Spill
By Bethany Furkin
Presbyterian Church (USA)

The environmental and economic impacts of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico have been well documented. But what hasn't been discussed as much are the psychological wounds it is inflicting on residents in the Gulf states. Read more...

An armada of faith leaders tours the Gulf spill zone
By Tristan Smith
CNN

There were only five small boats, 20 to 25 feet long, quietly moving through the water, barely making a ripple in the area designated as a “No Wake Zone." It was part show and tell, part media circus, part holy pilgrimage. On board the boats were a dozen high-profile American religious leaders, representing the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. Read more...

Seeking God’s Help for a Wounded Gulf
By Dan Berry
The New York Times

In a small white building along the baptizing Bon Secour River, a building that once housed a shrimp-net business, the congregation of the Fishermen Baptist Church gathered for another Sunday service, with the preacher presiding from a pulpit designed to look like a ship captain’s wheel.Read more...

BP Oil Spill: Is the Earth Bleeding for Our Sins?
By Rev. Peter Wallace
Executive Producer & Host, Day 1

I love the water. Oceans, lakes, seas, rivers, creeks ... like many, I experience peace and serenity, even security, in the presence of water. Read more...

Thousands of south Louisianians praying in face of massive Gulf oil spill
By Bruce Nolan
The Times-Picayune

Twice a day, precisely at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., alarms ring on dozens of cell phones, alerting those participating in the Rev. Jim Woodard's week-old Internet prayer initiative to spend one minute praying for relief from the BP Gulf oil spill. Read more...

A Time for Moral Reckoning
By Jim Wallis
Author
Editor, CEO, Sojourners

I am watching unbelievable pictures tonight of endless swaths of brown oil mixed with the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, of dying wetlands and marshes, of miles of contaminated coastlines, of dead birds and animals, of helpless and hopeless Gulf Coast residents sadly witnessing their livelihoods and their lives slipping away.I am watching unbelievable pictures tonight of endless swaths of brown oil mixed with the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, of dying wetlands and marshes, of miles of contaminated coastlines, of dead birds and animals, of helpless and hopeless Gulf Coast residents sadly witnessing their livelihoods and their lives slipping away. Read more...

How the Oil Spill Is Hurting America's Soul
By Carol Howard Merritt
Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church

I had a hard time breathing when I saw those pictures; my chest began heaving when I realized those were birds covered in oil. I felt as if the soul of our nation was drowning in the muck, along with our precious wildlife. You see, for my first job out of seminary, I decided to serve a tiny church in the swamps of Louisiana. I moved to the heart of Cajun country while I was still in my twenties and became a solo pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Abbeville. Read more...

A Lesson From The Gulf Oil Spill: We Are All Connected
By Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

The original peoples of the North American continent understand that we are all connected, and that harm to one part of the sacred circle of life harms the whole. Scientists, both the ecological and physical sorts, know the same reality, expressed in different terms. The Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) also charge human beings with care for the whole of creation, because it is God's good gift to humanity. Read more...

Silence, God, and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill
By Rev. Fletcher Harper
Episcopal priest
Executive Director, GreenFaith

A seminary professor once taught me about the most important passage in the book of Job. From her perspective, the most significant passage was neither Satan's convincing God to try Job's faith by torturing him, nor the graphic descriptions of Job's boils, nor God's verbal counterattack from the whirlwind after Job finally lets God have it. Read more...

Buddhist Ethics for a Harm-Free Livelihood: An Open Letter to the CEO of BP
By Josh Schrei
Marketing Director, Strategist, Producer, Writer, Critic, Activist

Dear Mr. Hayward:
We have never formally met, but in the fall of 2000 I attended BP's annual shareholder meeting in London at which you -- though not yet CEO -- were present. At the time, I was there to raise concerns over BP's investment in a PetroChina pipeline across the Tibetan plateau, which many individuals of conscience around the world felt would be an environmental and political disaster. The investment, no surprise, went through, despite widespread shareholder concern. And the results, no surprise either, have been pretty much as predicted. Read more...

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