To this end, the EPA has granted $84k to a researcher at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to study 17 "environmentally-friendly" churches. The grant, "Sustainability at the Community Level: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations," runs thorugh September 2016. The reserarcher seeks to discover "best practices" and then to develop workshops that will be used to instruct--in religious terms, "evangelize"--other ministers "how to change the behavior of their congregation" about climate change.
The grant states:
More Americans belong to religious groups than any
other type of voluntary association and faith communities
play an important role in facilitating the kind of social
transitions that are necessary as the nation responds to
This research has potential to provide models of practice
that may help faith communities seeking pathways to
respond to climate change, as well as informing policies
and programs intended to promote more environmentally
sustainable behaviors. The data also will be used to
develop workshops to assist faith leaders in implementing
sustainability initiatives within their congregations.
Considering the fact that parents who send their children to Catholic and other religious schools pay tuition twice (are "double" taxed), the grant would be better titled: "Spreading the Gospel of Those Who Worship at the Altar of Environmentalism." This title would highlight the the double standard whereby the federal government is all too willing to pour dollars into the coffers of the gospel of environmentalism and its adherents' evagelical efforts, but not those of Catholic and other religious parents who seek to have their children educated invfaith-based schools.
Let the discussion begin...
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