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Religion's Role in the Climate Crisis and The Push to Forgive in the Black Church
June 25, 2015
Summary: It's not just the Pope: why religious leaders outside the Catholic Church are making climate change a top priority. And after the Charleston church shootings, we explore the role of forgiveness in the black church.
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Beyond The Pope's Encyclical: An Interfaith Panel on the Environment June 25, 2015
The Pope's official plea to save the planet goes way beyond the Catholic Church. This week, we talk to a Muslim, a rabbi and an Episcopal priest about the growing role people of faith are playing in solving the climate crisis. And we confront a passage in the Bible that has long troubled environmentalists: the idea from Genesis that  humans have “dominion over....all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” 

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Chair of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
Colin Christopher, Executive director of Green Muslims
Kim Lawton, Managing editor of  Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on public television
Rev. Sally Bingham, Episcopal priest and the founder of Interfaith Power and Light

Offering Forgiveness, Seeking Justice in Charleston June 25, 2015
Many of us were stunned to see relatives of the victims shot down in a Charleston church offer forgiveness to the alleged killer. But for members of the black church, their words of mercy and absolution came as no surprise. We’ll find out why the push to forgive has long been a core value in a church marked by suffering. And we'll explore the history of slavery, rebellion and freedom at the site of the shooting, the historic Emanuel AME Church.

Pictured: Suspected shooter Dylann Roof joined his bail hearing via video screen, where family members of the deceased offered him their forgiveness. 

Kelly Brown Douglas, author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
Maurie McInnis,  author of The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston