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Oct 9, 2007
Focus: Environment
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Location: United States
Everything we consume has a climate impact, but manufacturing and trucking water bottles to homes with clean tap water seems particularly wasteful. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reports that Americans consumed 31.2 billion liters of water in 2006 – nearly 9 liters per month for every man, woman, and child.

Manufacturing all those bottles requires 900,000 tons of plastic, the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, and emit more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. Trucking around all those heavy bottles emits even more greenhouse gases. Beyond the climate impact there’s the massive waste – 86% of water bottles aren’t recycled -- and water bottling is also, ironically, a very water-intensive endeavor. The Pacific Institute tells us that it takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water!

Help reduce your carbon footprint. Just click on the link below and take the pledge!

Peace and thanks,

Rick


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Posted: Oct 9, 2007 4:58pm
Oct 2, 2007
Focus: Peace
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Location: United States
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Religious Leaders Call for Interfaith Fast

We call on all Americans to join in fasting from dawn to dusk on Monday, October 8, to call for an end to the Iraq War. On this day, people of faith in local communities across our nation will act as catalysts to transform the meaning of the day from one of conquest to community and from violence to reverence.Just as Isaiah called the People Israel to hear the Yom Kippur fast as God’s call to feed the hungry, just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness, just as Christians through Lenten fasting and Muslims through Ramadan fasting have focused on spiritual transformation, just as Mohandas Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and others drew on fasting to change the course of history, so we call on all our communities of faith to draw now on fasting as a path toward inner spiritual transformation and outward social transformation.Ending this war can become the first step toward a policy that embodies a deeper, broader sense of generosity and community at home and in the world.

Rev. Robert Edgar
Former General Secretary
National Council of Churches USA

Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The Shalom Center

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed
National Director
Islamic Society of North America

Rev. Michael Livingston
President
National Council of Churches USA

Rabbi Shirley Idelson
Dean
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Mary Ellen McNish
General Secretary
American Friends Service
Committee

Rev. William Sinkford
President
Unitarian Universalist Association
of Congregations

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia
Moderator
Religions for Peace, USA

Nihad Awad
Executive Director
Council on American Islamic Relations

Rev. John H. Thomas
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting
Deputy for Ecumenical and
Interfaith Relations
The Episcopal Church

Bishop Gabino Zavala
Bishop President
Pax Christi USA: Catholic
Peace Movement


Please attend to the following request urgently. We need people in local communities around the United States and in other parts of the world to engage in this fast to seek an end to the war in Iraq. Please take the initiative right now to join with other religious communities in your local neighborhood to organize events such as candlelight vigils, teach-ins and public demonstrations for Oct 7th night and the 8th. Make sure you invite public officials to those events to impress upon them the need to end the war in Iraq. You should feel free to add to or adjust the emphasis according to the needs of your community. At the end of the day on the 8th, come together as an interfaith community for a joint celebration for breaking the fast.

Thank you,

Rick Mathis

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Oct 2, 2007
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Religious Leaders Call for Interfaith Fast

We call on all Americans to join in fasting from dawn to dusk on Monday, October 8, to call for an end to the Iraq War. On this day, people of faith in local communities across our nation will act as catalysts to transform the meaning of the day from one of conquest to community and from violence to reverence.Just as Isaiah called the People Israel to hear the Yom Kippur fast as God’s call to feed the hungry, just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness, just as Christians through Lenten fasting and Muslims through Ramadan fasting have focused on spiritual transformation, just as Mohandas Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and others drew on fasting to change the course of history, so we call on all our communities of faith to draw now on fasting as a path toward inner spiritual transformation and outward social transformation.Ending this war can become the first step toward a policy that embodies a deeper, broader sense of generosity and community at home and in the world.

Rev. Robert Edgar
Former General Secretary
National Council of Churches USA

Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The Shalom Center

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed
National Director
Islamic Society of North America

Rev. Michael Livingston
President
National Council of Churches USA

Rabbi Shirley Idelson
Dean
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Mary Ellen McNish
General Secretary
American Friends Service
Committee

Rev. William Sinkford
President
Unitarian Universalist Association
of Congregations

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia
Moderator
Religions for Peace, USA

Nihad Awad
Executive Director
Council on American Islamic Relations

Rev. John H. Thomas
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting
Deputy for Ecumenical and
Interfaith Relations
The Episcopal Church

Bishop Gabino Zavala
Bishop President
Pax Christi USA: Catholic
Peace Movement


Please attend to the following request urgently. We need people in local communities around the United States and in other parts of the world to engage in this fast to seek an end to the war in Iraq. Please take the initiative right now to join with other religious communities in your local neighborhood to organize events such as candlelight vigils, teach-ins and public demonstrations for Oct 7th night and the 8th. Make sure you invite public officials to those events to impress upon them the need to end the war in Iraq. You should feel free to add to or adjust the emphasis according to the needs of your community. At the end of the day on the 8th, come together as an interfaith community for a joint celebration for breaking the fast.

Thank you,

Rick Mathis

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Please take 2 minutes and visit this page. Innocent men, women and children continue to die at an alarming rate in Darfur; victims of the Sudanese governments campaign of ethnic cleansing. You have an opportunity to make a difference. Every second we delay can mean more lives lost. Thank you so much for your time and God bless. - Rick


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Jul 1, 2007
As many of you may already know, Orlando has a serious homeless problem.  Take a walk down around Lake Eola or Orange Avenue any day and you'll see men, women and even children with no place to call home. It is a travesty that in a town with so much affluence, good people are reduced to begging for spare change just to get enough to eat.

Last year, about the same time the mayors were unveiling their plan to "revitalize" the downtown area and the condo boom was in full swing, Mayor Dyer and the City Council realized that if there were so many homeless people walking around, it might keep the people who can afford the $700,000 condos from moving in. It just doesn't LOOK good you know?

Yeah, right.

Instead of seeing the crisis under their nose and attempting to find good, solid ways of helping these fellow citizens of Orlando get their lives back, their answer was simply to starve them out. They enacted a law which made it ILLEGAL to feed the homeless in groups over 25 (this number includes the servers.) Several church groups and private organizations had been trying to alleviate some of the suffering by feeding several large groups of the homeless in areas where they congregated. Doing this now could LAND YOU IN JAIL! Several people involved in trying to help their neighbor have faced harassment by city officials and even jail time. All for giving a sandwich to a person in need.

We need to stop this IDIOCY now! Please take a moment out of your time and sign the following petition which calls for the repealing of the law immediately.

Please go to: www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/564044180

P.S.- You can sign even if you don't live here. Thank you for your voice. Please pass this along to your friends.
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