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Advancing Climate Care in Word and Deed

Katharine K. Wilkinson

in Between God and Green

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895885
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949861 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895885.003.0003
Advancing Climate Care in Word and Deed

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The Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI) forms the basis of an evangelical climate care coalition. The leaders who take part are located throughout the United States, holding various professional positions and principally invested in other organizations—circumstances that limit their in-person collaboration. Hence, physical interactions and shared institutions are not the central links between these diverse and diffuse actors. How they conceive of and speak about the issue cements them as a group, as a network. While the signatories are crucial to the “Call to Action,” its story lines and construction of climate change also do something important for them. They extend the conversation started in formal ECI communications and bring it to life in their advocacy, which is often comprised of discrete actions, not highly coordinated across leaders' organizations. But relationships and religion are equally as important as discourse. They act as a kind of glue and fan the flames of engagement. Conversations with leaders revealed that existing bonds within the evangelical community help connect them and foster trust, that shared belief cements them, and that a sense of ultimate meaning lights their way, individually and as a coalition.

Keywords: Evangelical Climate Initiative; call to action; evangelicals; advocacy; climate care

Chapter.  8964 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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