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Weaving together personal faith and climate change

Although climate change is often thought of as something external to an individual person, it is interwoven with personal spirituality, as well. This was the conclusion of a panel of three faith leaders during a session at the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change held on 22 September.

The workshop, entitled “Ethics, Spirituality and Climate Change” was hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Religions for Peace as part of the summit which was held in New York City.

The session was held on the second day of the interfaith summit. Sunday the group signed a joint statement calling for climate justice and asking that world leaders meeting this week at the UN working toward a fair and binding agreement addressing climate change. . .

Read more here:

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/weaving-together-personal-faith-and-climate-change

Also see:

Atheists, Baptists and Baha’i come together to tackle climate change
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.unifying.power.of.a.common.enemy/40881.htm

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Modern day activism, occultic spirituality and idolatry are what today’s so called biblical movies are made of. Is it all part of the last days deception? See these reviews about the new Noah and Son of God productions…

The Noah movie:

The Noah Movie Deception and the Last Days
By: Joe Schimmel

Did you know, according to Hollywood, that the main reason God destroyed the ancient world with a flood was because of a lack of environmental activism and overpopulation? Did you know that Noah was a liberal eco-terrorist and the world’s “first environmentalist”? Did you know that Noah was really a callous, dark person? Did you know that Noah was a drunken, axe-wielding murderer? Did you know that Noah threatened to kill his eldest son’s wife and her unborn daughter, because he didn’t want the earth to be repopulated? Did you know that Noah’s old pal Methuselah (really old pal) was a witch doctor who guided Noah spiritually? Did you know that Noah enlisted the help of Satan’s fallen angels to protect him while building the ark?

More from Joe Schimmel, here:

http://www.goodfight.org/a_v_noah_movie_deception.html

The Son of God movie:

THE SON OF GOD MOVIE

The Son of God film is similar to other religious films such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. In both films, the producers dishonored Christ because He was not presented as He is in Scripture. The only true testimony of Christ is found in the infallible, inspired, and supremely authoritative Word of God and we need no other testimony. The Son of God film is a mockery of Christ and it was made by unbelievers who do not know Him. They portray a false christ, a christ of their own imaginations which is idolatry. They mock God by trifling with the true Christ and, in doing so, deceive and delude their audiences. It is a tragedy that Christians are praising this film as biblical and, at the same time, encouraging others to see it. They say it has a clear presentation of the Gospel. Yet, the “Jesus” in the film never mentions the justice of God or the penalty of sin, Nor is there any mention of the necessity of the new birth or repentance towards God and faith in Christ. The lack of discernment in the professing church is shocking!

From Proclaiming the Gospel Blog, here:

http://www.pro-gospel.org/site/blogview2.asp?sec_id=180014816&forum_id=180003854&message_id=180015522&topic_id=180011208

Also see this undeniable information:

Is Roma Downey a New Age Adherent?
http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=525

***UPDATE: More problems with ‘Noah’:

9 PROBLEMS WITH ARONOFSKY’S ‘NOAH’
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/03/28/9-problems-Noah

According to New Noah Movie, Noah Was An Ungodly Man
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15024

Related:

Why I do not recommend Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, “War Room”, part 1
http://bereanresearch.org/why-i-do-not-recommend-kendrick-brothers-new-movie-war-room-part-1/

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Nevada’s diverse faith leaders pray together for drought affected West USA

PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 2, 2014 – Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i and other faith leaders participated in a joint prayer service in Nevada on February one afternoon urging for divine intervention in view of persistent drought conditions in Western USA.

Held at Mormon Chapel in Sparks, this Service included religious leaders from Roman Catholic, First Congregational Church of Reno, Northern Nevada Muslim Community, Universal Society of Hinduism, Reno Buddhist Center, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation & Temple Beth Or, Baha’i community, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), International Community of Christ, Unification Church and Circle’s Edge Center for Spiritual Living; who prayed in their respective traditions seeking God’s blessings for rain and snow to help farmers, ranchers and others. Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini also participated and delivered his words of support.

More here:

http://www.prlog.org/12276908-nevadas-diverse-faith-leaders-pray-together-for-drought-affected-west-usa.html

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The Wild Goose Festival is over, and we’ve had time to examine the aftermath. Here’s what we’ve found.

What we now know about last weekend’s festival is that…

“Topics were diverse, and ranged from immigration reform, Christian universalism, and embracing your political “other,” to the theology of beer and rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians debate.”
Favorite Moments from the Goose: Snapshots from the Wild Goose Festival 2012
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/06/favorite-moments-from-the-goose-snapshots-from-the-wild-goose-festival-2012/

We also learned that in attendance were…

“those who identify as Eastern Orthodox, Messianic Jews, a Salvationist (member of the Salvation Army), Mennonites, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Evangelicals, Independents, Baptists (of various stripes), United Church of Christ, Quakers, house churchers, as well as those who identify as “seekers,” pagans, and agnostics… (and) many people from across the sexual orientation spectrum.”
Wild Goose 2012: Jesus, Bayard Rustin, & Walter Wink Live!
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/06/wild-goose-2012-jesus-bayard-rustin-walter-wink-live/

Also observed is that the Wild Goose Festival was a platform for new and controversial books, such as Torn: Rescuing the Gospel From the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee, who was there to promote his book about how the issue of how Gay Christians is tearing the church apart. It’s published by Jericho Books (jerichobooks.com), a  new publisher providing a “space for non-traditional voices to express fresh perspectives on today’s culture and to reflect on the growing changes in the Church.” (Their other authors include Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps, and Jay Bakker.)

Another Wild Goose Festival promotion was a book called The Gospel of Rutba (www.thegospelofrutba.com), the story of Christians and Muslims uniting on humanity’s common ground (Foreword by Desmond Tutu, Afterword by Shane Claiborne).

Regarding this ‘other gospel,’ contemplative Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, who compared his Wild Goose Festival experience to Finney’s open air revivals in the late 19th century, shared…

“an invitation to take the gospel of Rutba with us and live it wherever we are.”
Sharing Stories at the Wild Goose Festival
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jonathanwilsonhartgrove/2012/06/sharing-stories-at-the-wild-goose-festival/

This ‘gospel’ includes such suggestions as using your equity to help someone who’s considered “illegal” to buy a home; visiting a church, mosque, or synagogue outside of your own faith tradition; or reading a book by a Muslim author. Tell that to the folks in Dearborn, Michigan.

The person who introduced the Gospel of Rutba at the Wild Goose Festival was none other than Shane Claiborne (see this video).

Over at Jim Wallis’s blog we read this understatement…

“Shane Claiborne call us into the kind of sacred mischief that might undermine the principalities and powers.”
Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/06/26/heat-hope-hootenanny-holy-spirit-gets-cooking-wild-goose

In the article at the above link we read as well that…

“Sojourners’ chief-executive-trouble-maker Jim Wallis borrowed lessons from coaching little league baseball and welcomed us back to the enchantment of our youth when a lion named Aslan whispered in our ears…. as Wallis, one of the festival’s founding visionaries reminded us, The Lion is always there to guide us, to whisper in our ears—and call us back to future Wild Goose Festivals.

””

Someone might remind Mr. Wallis that our adversary the devil also walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Speaking of Obama’s spiritual adviser Wallis, is it any coincidence that some of Obama’s campaign people came to the Wild Goose Festival? Their visit was supposedly in order to …

“see for themselves that there are religious folks who care about progress and justice. Judging from the numerous Probama bumper stickers in the parking lot, the campaign reps found their peeps.”
10 Things I Learned at the Wild Goose Festival
http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/jana-riess/10-things-i-learned-at-the-wild-goose-festival

It was only a few days ago that Wild Goose participant and Obama supporter Frank Schaeffer stated:

“I can’t fix the world, but I can go down fighting that Obama can get re-elected,” he exclaimed to eager applause. He proclaimed, “I think he’s one of the greatest presidents that America has ever had!”
Frank Schaeffer: Obama “One of the Greatest Presidents America Has Ever Had”
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/22/frank-schaeffer-obama-one-of-the-greatest-presidents-america-has-ever-had/

Schaeffer’s recent tweets confirm this:

Frank Schaeffer
‏@Frank_Schaeffer
Wild Goose Festival wonderful, spoke yesterday and again today, Obama team came from DC great to meet them
http://twitter.com/Frank_Schaeffer/status/216487695701127169

Frank Schaeffer
‏@Frank_Schaeffer
talked with Obama teem about what I/we can do to help reelection
http://twitter.com/Frank_Schaeffer/status/216487818732634113

While at the Wild Goose Festival, Schaeffer also watched the sneak preview of the soon to be released movie “Hellbound,” while celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary with paper cups full of beer in the “beer and hymns” tent (see Wild Goose Heaven Our Answer to Hate, Huffington Post).

Beer & Hymn Sing

This was predictable, as Hellbound’s producer Kevin Miller recently said…

Four of the Hellbound? “cast” will be there: Frank Schaeffer, Michael Hardin, Brad Jersak and Brian McLaren. Not to mention Raborn Johnson of Beyond the Box podcast. And none of them will be roped off in a VIP section with all the bigwigs. They’ll be camping out just like everyone else. And I highly doubt any of them has ever said no to a free beer. (Well, perhaps Frank did in his former life…) So here’s your chance to get chummy.
Four More Reasons to go to the Wild Goose Festival This June
http://www.hellboundthemovie.com/four-more-reasons-to-go-to-the-wild-goose-festival-this-june/

And as the weekend unfolded, we also read with dismay about…

“The indefatigable Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine smiling and leaning in close to tell me about this past week’s success in galvanizing Evangelical leaders (from Focus on the Family, most notably) and therefore Republican politicians in DC, around immigration reform … “it’s about meeting on higher ground, not moral ground…” ”
Favorite Moments from the Goose: Snapshots from the Wild Goose Festival 2012
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/06/favorite-moments-from-the-goose-snapshots-from-the-wild-goose-festival-2012/

One similarity about these Wild Goose Festival reports is that much is being said about the speakers, the beer, the new kind of Christianity, another gospel, and the new way to do church – but no one talks about Jesus Christ who is the Head of the Church. (One such example of this is the commentary over at the Darkwood Brew blog called When I was Dead: Reflection on the Wild Goose Festival.)

This is because the new kind of Christian wants another kind of Jesus, which is why it’s not surprising to see that even the Urantia Community (cult) likes the entire unbiblical premise of the Wild Goose Festival, since the Urantia Book presents a Jesus that is also not the same as the Bible…

I think these types of festivals are the future of how we as Urantia Book readers learn to come out of the closet as followers of Jesus in the greater community of the world. These open minded Christians will be happy to hear the good news. The more the merrier so lets get some tickets purchased and head out on the road of eternal adventure and endless discovery
Wild Goose Festival 2012
http://urantianow.com/wild-goose-festival-2012/

On the last day of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival, the Sunday morning worship call was a circus like march to When the Saints Come Marching In.

The closing song to the weekend was a performance of what Ken Silva calls “that classic hymn “Purple Rain”” which can be seen here:

THE EMERGING CHURCH WILD GOOSE CHASE MOVES ON WESTWARD
http://apprising.org/2012/06/26/the-emerging-church-wild-goose-chase-moves-on-westward/

All of the above seems to clearly demonstrate the departure from the simplicity and purity of the gospel (2 Cor. 3,4) and the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). After examining the Wild Goose droppings, it has become only more clear which direction the goslings are being led and what kind of tainted muddy waters they are feeding in.

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* Other Eye Opening Reports on the Wild Goose Festival:

Wild Goslings Honk for Environmentalism
http://www.theird.org/issues/environment/wild-goslings-honk-for-environmentalism

“Wild Goose” Gets an Education
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/23/wild-goose-gets-an-education/

Role Playing at Wild Goose
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/22/role-playing-at-wild-goose/

Quack Christianity at the Wild Goose
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/27/quack-christianity-at-the-wild-goose/

* Also Related:

Frank Schaeffer: Conspiracy Theorist?
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/20/frank-schaeffer/

JIM WALLIS’ INTERFAITH MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE: “WE ARE HERE TO FIND COMMON GROUND.”
http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/05/jim-wallis-interfaith-message-to-young-people-we-are-here-to-find-common-ground/

Emergent Christians Warn against the Bible’s “Loaded Guns”
http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2431

OBAMA ‘FULFILLS’ ISAIAH 9:10 PROPHECY – AGAIN
http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/obama-fulfills-isaiah-910-prophecy-again/

Christians and Muslims in Dangerous Dialog...
Their God is NOT Our God!
http://www.ericbarger.com/muslim.rebuttal.htm

Wild Goose Droppings 1 (2011)
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/wild-goose-festivals-emerging-spirituality/

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Green guru James Lovelock was right. He warned last week that “the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion.”

Now at the U.N. Earth Summit, even the image of Christ has been made a forcible convert to the eco-faith, as the city of Rio is bathing the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer (Christo Redentor) in green light: [PICTURE at source]

This comes on the heels of a Rio+20 side summit in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem’s deputy mayor for planning and environment, led a discussion about how holy sites around the world can be used to indoctrinate pilgrims visiting venerated places like Bethlehem, Calvary, and the burial site of King David.

The workshop on “Green Pilgrim Cities” took place at the World Congress of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the group responsible for implementing the U.N.’s “Agenda 21” sustainable-development plans at the local level.

The left-wing National Religious Partnership for the Environment has been working for years in the U.S. to make green tenets a staple of religious life in America. A bizarre eco-version of the Ark of the Covenant is making its way around the globe. And a “Green Bible” is now available at your local Christian bookstore.

So maybe it won’t be long before recycling, carbon-footprint reductions, and riding bicycles to work become the new religious duties of the faithful.

SOURCE:

Christ Turns ‘Green’ at U.N. Earth Summit — Literally
By David Rothbard & Craig Rucker
http://www.nationalreview.com/planet-gore/303379/christ-turns-green-un-earth-summit-literally-david-rothbard#

Related:

Heart of Rio
http://forcingchange.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/heart-of-rio/

Agenda 21 & UN’s “World Congress”
http://www.crossroad.to/News/agenda-21.htm

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As we saw the speaker line-up for the sold out Wild Goose Festival happening this month, we felt we must offer a warning about the emerging spirituality found there. Even though it is promoted as Christian, it’s about a new kind of Christianity not found in the Bible. The festival is a three day gathering about justice, spirituality, and art which will take place June 23-26, 2011 at Shakori Hills Farm in North Carolina.

What is the Wild Goose Festival?

The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus creating a festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation.

http://wildgoosefestival.org/

Besides a long line up of emerging speakers (including Tony Campolo, Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren, etc.), another thing participants will find at the Wild Goose Festival is some ‘Sacred Space,’ in this case called ‘VOID’:

VOID is an experimental faith collective that utilizes a live mix of music, art, spoken word, personal reflections, and ritual to creatively engage questions of faith and doubt.

A provocative and experiential event, VOID is marked by the religious question but remains radically open and non-confessional.

http://www.voidcollective.com

Watch a Void Collective video called Mothers of God:

The video ends with this statement:

What does it matter whether or not Mary gave birth to God two thousand years ago
if I do not give birth to God today

Related:

Importing Peace
New Christian festival aspires to be like Greenbelt, reaching gays and other groups.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/music/news/2011/thescoop-0419.html

UPDATE:

THE EMERGING CHURCH ON A WILD GOOSE CHASE
http://apprising.org/2011/06/12/the-emerging-church-on-a-wild-goose-chase/

APPRISING MINISTRIES HITS MARK ON THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL
http://apprising.org/2011/06/17/apprising-ministries-hits-mark-on-the-wild-goose-festival/

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White House pushing churches to be ‘green’?
See what else Obama’s faith adviser is nudging
By Aaron Klein

The “greenest” church on the planet? Scripture as it relates to the Palestinians? Fighting American “racial injustice”?

Meet the latest addition to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a White House group already replete with advocates for using religion to advance “social justice.”

In January, Obama named to his faith council Lynne Hybels, a leader of Willow Creek Church, an inter-denominational, multi-generational megachurch located in a Chicago suburb.

The church is led by Hybels’ husband, Bill, a social justice advocate who created the Global Leadership Summit, an international Christian group.

Read more here:

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=302981

RELATED:

The Church of Climate Change: Here Comes the Green Shepherd

Environmentalism: The Newest Paganism?

A Greener Spirit: Evangelicals Embrace “Creation Care”

Sojourners Founder Jim Wallis’ Revolutionary Anti-Christian “Gospel”

Also see Signs of the Times and articles at Olive Press.

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