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Engaging People in the Pews

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/9780199895885.003.0005
Engaging People in the Pews

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This chapter takes the Evangelical Climate Initiative's “Call to Action” and uses it as the basis for small group discussions in evangelical churches. In a variety of congregations in the southeastern United States, a visit was made directly to people in the pews to discover if leaders' emphasis on climate care resonates with the evangelical public or if a dissonance between leadership and laity persists. For most church goers, these discussions were their first exposure to the idea of evangelical climate care, prompting a variety of responses that echo the community's diversity. At the same time, clear trends emerged, reflecting certain shared sentiments, perspectives, and worldviews. These areas of consensus and sources of contention illuminate the evangelical public's engagement with climate change, or lack thereof.

Keywords: climate change; evangelical climate care; evangelical climate initiative; call to action

Chapter.  9963 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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