Renewal is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women and men are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth are the heart of Renewal.
While the 90-minute film is designed for screenings and broadcast, each of its stories can also stand alone, making them excellent succinct vehicles for discussion in the classroom and by activist groups, religious and secular. The eight stories in Renewal are:
A Crime Against Creation: Evangelicals bear witness to mountaintop removal and the destruction of Appalachia (11:20 min.)
Going Green: GreenFaith in New Jersey helps congregations take the first steps to environmental action (14:20 min)
Food for Faith: Muslim tradition and charity forge bonds between urban communities and sustainable farms in Illinois (14:50 min)
Ancient Roots: The Teva Learning Center and Adamah in Connecticut bring environmental education together with Jewish tradition (17:30 min)
Compassion in Action: Green Sangha, a Buddhist community in northern California, leads a campaign to save trees (11:10 min)
Eco-Justice: The Holy Spirit inspires a battle against industrial contamination in small-town Mississippi (11:30 min)
Sacred Celebration: Catholics and Native Americans embrace religious ritual in a struggle to protect New Mexico’s land and water (9:30 min)
Interfaith Power and Light: Across America people of all faiths mount a religious response to global warming (9:25 min)
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Renewal is designed for use by clergy, congregations, teachers, theologians, community activists, environmentalists, students and families: anyone who understands the essential spiritual bond that humans hold with the earth. And everyone who is committed to building a sustainable future.
The film is part of a dynamic community engagement campaign whose goal is to help advance the religious-environmental movement and to promote change.
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Renewal was produced by Emmy Award winning documentary filmmakers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller.
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