Channels of Action

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development manifests its vision through several channels of action:

Eco Bible: Volume One: An Ecological Commentary on Genesis and Exodus has been a #1 bestseller on multiple Amazon Kindle categories. What can the Bible say about ecology? As people face huge ecological challenges—including growing hurricanes, floods, fires, and plastic pollution—the groundbreaking Eco Bible dives into this question. Drawing on 3,500 years of religious ethics, it shows how the Bible and its great scholars embrace care for God’s creation as a fundamental and living message. ICSD published Eco Bible in October 2020, and distributed it to 400 clergy and seminary faculty.

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The Seminary Faith and Ecology Project promotes Christian, Muslim, and Jewish seminary education on faith and ecology. By focusing on the formation of the education and values of emerging clergy and faith leaders, ICSD seeks to create a multiplier effect that will spread to the student future communities and congregations. ICSD organizes workshops for seminary directors, faculty members, and students, as well as publishes issued the first-ever reports on faith and ecology courses in seminaries in North America, Rome, and the Holy Land.

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The Faith Inspired Renewable Energy Project in Africa deploys solar fields to bring electricity to Africans, reduce indoor air pollution and deforestation, and curb climate change. In August 2019, ICSD facilitated the signing of an MOU and land-lease agreement for a commercial-scale solar field on Anglican church lands in  Mozambique.

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The Women’s Interfaith Ecology Project brings together young Christian, Muslim, and Jewish women in Jerusalem through workshops and events aimed at promoting environmental sustainability, strengthening trans-community relations, and overcoming religious differences.

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Interfaith Environmental Conferences provide a forum for religious leaders, clergy, and seminary deans and faculty to meet, network and speak about the intersection of faith and environmental issues. In conjunction with our partners, ICSD co-organized twelve such conferences between 2011 and 2019. The conferences involved over 1,000 participants, and received extensive media coverage in over 60 international media outlets.

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Eco Israel Tours and Jewish Eco Seminars engage a range of participants on the connection between ecology, Israel, and faith teachings. A faith- ecological tour of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market is one of twelve programs offered. In the past five and a half years the program has had over 3,000 participants.

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