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VIDEO: Are We Our Sister's (the Earth's) Keeper? [0:33]

Excerpts from Rabbi Avi Friedman's reflections in an Interfaith Dialogue on July 30, 2015, at Central Presbyterian Church, Summit, NJ.  The forum featured representatives from multiple faiths, coming together to discuss Pope Francis's Encyclical, Ladauto Si', and every day actions that average citizens can do to live more sustainably.

VIDEO: Young Environmental Coordinator Aids Secaucus Mayor, Council [3:13]

Amanda Nesheiwat, a Bergen Community College graduate, is one of seven environmental coordinators working at the county or municipal levels in NJ. Sustainability managers are also employed by numerous NJ universities, colleges, businesses and schools. (Dec. 2013)

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My Sustainable Day in Summit - in the year 2026
By Dr. Marian Glenn
March 30, 2026 - I started the day by making an omelet with fresh eggs... Read more

A Time for Counter-Cultural Revolution
By Rabbi Avi Friedman
One phrase [from Laudato Si'] that just leaped off the page... Read more

Imagining Non-Partisan News
By Susan Haig
Few people could have viewed the political behaviors on display over Presidents' Day weekend... Read more

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Up & Coming

dates we're keeping in mind

Sun May 1, 1 PM to 4 PM: Summit's 10th annual City wide Earth Day Clean-Up, Hidden Valley trail near Jefferson School
Now through April 30:  Art Exhibit: "Glacial Dimensions: Art and the Global Ice Melt," Diane Burko and Paula Winokur. Karl and Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University
Sat May 7, 10:30am:  Citizens Campaign hosts "The Civic Summit," Rider University, Lawrenceville

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

View powerful phrases from Laudato Si'

"The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

View highest/lowest word counts in Laudato Si'
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