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VIDEO: Lutheran, Jewish, Baptist Clergy Answer Pope Francis

The Pope’s 2015 encyclical on climate change—“On Care for Our Common Home”— created an enormous stir around the world when it was published 8 months ago. What has happened since then? Three Summit, NJ, faith leaders present a range of thoughtful responses to the encyclical, and suggestions for change, in a new 19-minute video and podcast.  Read more

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Integral Ecology Is Key to Our Well-Being. 
conomics a Part of Broader Human Reality

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"This forum, for those of you who are new, is a response to Pope Francis's invitation to all people..." Read more

Lutheran, Jewish, and Baptist Clergy Respond to Pope Francis
By CivicStory

The Pope’s 2015 encyclical on climate change—“On Care for Our Common Home”— created an enormous stir around the world when it was published 8 months ago... Read more 

GreenFaith Leader Fletcher Harper Charts Global Transition
By Betsy Lavela and Marian Glenn

On January 7 nearly 50 citizens gathered in Summit's Calvary Episcopal Church to hear Fletcher Harper, Executive... Read more

A Twenty-Something Responds to the Paris Climate Agreement                                
By Becca Cudmore

Whether the Paris climate agreement motivates humanity to avert a climate apocalypse is a story only the coming years... Read more

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Mon Feb 15, 2pm: Peter Cardinal Turkson speaks at Seton Hall University, Jubilee Auditorium, on Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si'
Fri Feb 19, 11am to 2pm: NJ Press Association, What's New in NJ Media Law?, Rutgers University-Newark
Sat Feb 20, 9:30am to 3:30pm: 36th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University - Newark Campus
Sun Feb 21, 3 pm: South Orange Symphony Orchestra "Winter Carnival," Sterling Hall, SO Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange
March 31 - April 3: Garden State Film Festival
Sat Apr 2, 10am to 8pm: NJHEPS (NJ Higher Education Partnerships for Sustainability) at Stevens Institute of Technology, Student Sustainability Project
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 

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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. 

Click for sample powerful phrases from Laudato Si'

"We urgently need a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge, including economics, in the service of a more integral and integrating vision." [141]  Read more

Word Counts 
Samples of highest and lowest word use in Laudato Si'

need(s)      124
money       2

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