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Christian Leaders Applaud Army Corps Denial of Easement for Pipeline on Standing Rock Sioux Land

At November 2016 clergy gathering at Standing Rock, with more than 530 participants, crowd conducts a ceremony to burn the Doctrine of Discovery. Photo credit: United Church of Christ The National Council of Churches of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and Creation Justice Ministries join in expressing their deep appreciation to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers for the historic decision to not grant an easement for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the contested site in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

As previously planned, the DAPL would have transversed sovereign Sioux land considered by the Sioux to besacred, and has already damaged tribal burial grounds. DAPL would have been placed underneath the Missouri River, potentially polluting drinking water and endangering the health of millions downstream.

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Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation Commissions First Class of Earthkeepers

Innaugural UMC Earthkeepers Class Commissioned by Global Board of MinistriesGlobal Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first United Methodist Earthkeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20. CMI is Global Ministries’ newest program area, now six months old. CMI is a forward-thinking, forward-leaning unit, cultivating a best-practice learning and innovation “laboratory” for re-envisioning and redefining 21st century mission practice in the church and in the wider world.“The Spirit is calling us to a place of wholeness, and the Earthkeepers are a great first step in participating in that mission movement,” said Denise Honeycutt, CMI’s executive director.

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Pacific Northwest and National Faith Leaders Call for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion

Leaders cite biodiversity and reverence for God’s creation among top reasons for support

25 Christian leaders sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Jewell urging them to “care for God’s creation with the reverence it merits, and expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument this year.”

The letter highlights the importance of biodiversity from a religious perspective, and expresses concern that a growing number of scientists report that a “patchwork of vital habitats and watersheds remain unprotected.” The letter goes on to say if these unprotected areas were to be harmed, “we could disrupt the wildlife safe-haven our communities have striven to create over the past 16 years.”

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How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis

The 2016 presidential exit polling reveals little change in the political alignments of U.S. religious groups. Those who supported Republican candidates in recent elections, such as white born-again or evangelical Christians and white Catholics, strongly supported Donald Trump as well. Groups that traditionally backed Democratic candidates, including religious “nones,” Hispanic Catholics and Jews, were firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner.

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Top Southwestern and National Faith Leaders Call for Protection of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage Area

Leaders cite water justice, racial justice, and conservation as reasons to designate area as a national monument

32 top religious leaders of Jewish and Christian traditions, including bishops, regional ministers, and executive directors, have sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to permanently protect the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage Area by designating it as a national monument.

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