Some Mid-Michigan faith communities standing with Pope on climate change

Jul 14, 2015

Current State talks with two people connected to Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that wants to get religious people involved in environmental stewardship.

Pope Francis has become known as one of the most progressive Popes when it comes to issues of social justice and poverty. He’s also become a voice for environmental justice. The Pope recently issued an encyclical on the issue, which was essentially a letter sent to Catholic bishops across the globe urging them to take the threat of climate change more seriously. But Pope Francis isn’t the only faith leader paying attention to environmental issues.

Current State talks with two Lansing area residents who are working to connect people of faith to the environmental movement. Pastor John Schleicer is a retired Lutheran bishop and a board member of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light. Jim Detjen is a longtime science reporter for the Philadelphia Enquirer and chair of the sustainability committee at Edgewood United Church.

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