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Faith for Earth: A Call for Action

Feb 28, 2022

by Christine Muller

Do you know what the “different” faiths are teaching about human relationship with the Earth? Faith for Earth: A Call for Action is a great resource for interfaith readings about caring for the Earth. It “describes the essential, unshakeable reverence that all religions have for creation and nature.” All major world religions are represented including Taoism, Confucianism, and Zoroastrianism. You will find the Bahá’í Faith on p. 42. The beautifully illustrated book can inspire us during the fast to reflect about our own relationship with nature. How can we better align our lives to be more in harmony with nature, God’s creation? Perhaps you can hold a devotional gathering using a selection of quotations from Faith for Earth: A Call for Action. Let us know if you do!

The book Faith for Earth: A Call for Action can be downloaded for free from the website of UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program.

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Christine Muller, Piano Teacher

Board Secretary, International Environment Forum

I was interested in environmental issues already at a young age and became a Bahá’í when I was 17, which was the beginning of a life-long study of the Bahá’í Faith. As the environmental crisis was worsening, I began to systematically study climate change at a time when not much information was easily available. I also searched the Bahá’í teachings for a spiritual solution to the climate crisis. At that time, climate change was not known to most people and there were no educational materials available. That’s why I wrote Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change – an Interfaith Study Course, which the International Environment Forum posted in 2009. I joined the Wilmette Institute as support faculty for its Sustainable Development course in 2011 and created its Climate Change course the following year. I served on the board of RI Interfaith Power&Light for nine years and currently serve on the board of the Bahá’í-inspired International Environment Forum (iefworld.org). My academic background is in music and I enjoy part-time piano teaching and playing music. I would have done more in the area of music were it not for the urgency of climate action, but my musical training has helped me to better understand the complexity of the climate crisis. Christine’s articles on BahaiTeachings.orgSee Faculty Bio

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