in Suburbia: A budding movement fights sprawl on theological grounds,
The Dallas Morning
News, September 12, 1998.
The Bishop in the City, Preservation,
Saving our sacred earth: Faith communities
at forefront of national initiative, Detroit
Free Press, May 27, 1999.
Archdiocese of Hartford: Anti-Sprawl Initiatives
The Archdiocese of Hartford has sponsored a number
initiatives such as brownfield sites. The
goal is organizing parishes to
participate in developing reuse plans that can
directly benefit the effected communities through an increased tax base,
job creation and remediation of environmental hazards. Contact:
Jeanie Graustein at 203-777-7279.
Chicago Theological Initiative for Eco-Justice
Ministry, Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations: Sprawl and Sustainability
This coalition, in the initial stages of formation,
has put together the "Interreligious Sustainability Project of Metropolitan
address sustainability in general and sprawl
inparticular in the Chicago
area. The coalition advocates greening
congregations and mass transit
issues. Contact: Clare Butterfield
at 773-278-4800 x 125.
Diocese of Cleveland: The Church and the City
-- Sprawl and the "SHARE" team.
The Diocese of Cleveland has undertaken a number
of intiatives designed to help reduce sprawl as part of Bishop Pilla's
"The Church and the City" pastoral initiative. For example, they
have worked on helping redevelop brownfields, have become active
partners in regional anti-sprawl coalitions and advocacy campaigns, and
set up the SHARE team (Student Helpers & Advocates for Renewing the
Earth), an after-school program involving middle school students studying
the environmental impacts of urban sprawl and pollution in their
local area. Contact: Len Calabrese at 216-696-6525 x
The Fillmore Gospel Garden, Dioceses of San
Urban/Suburban/Rural Student Partnership for
Sacred Heart Parish educated suburban and rural
Catholics about the
environmental problems of inner city neighborhoods
through the use of the story of their garden project, which serves as an
urban-suburban exchange site. Contact: Sister Catherine
Marie Murray at 415-861-5460.
National Religious Partnership for the Environment.
The Partnership whose members include; U. S. Catholic Conference, National
Council of Churches of Christ, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish
Life and the Evangelical Environmental Network recently announced their
ten-year initiative to act on such issues as air pollution, urban
sprawl and forest preservation.
Contact: Paul Gorman at212-316-7441.
Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis.
A coalition of over 50 local congregations who believe that sprawl lies
at the heart of the region's problems: urban abandonment, deteriorating
city streets, and loss of access to jobs for low-income people. Contact:
Churches United for Community Action at 314-351-1244.
Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength
(MOSES). MOSESsends speakers throughout South East Michigan to speak
on the moral implications of urban sprawl. Contact: 313-838-3190.
Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
(RAC) has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity
in the nation's capital for over 35 years. Besides supporing social justice
issues related specifically to the Jewish community both here and abroad,
the RAC advocates on behalf of a variety of social justice issues.
It has recently taken up smart growth as one of its issue areas.
Contact: Ari Gilbert 202-387-2800
United Synagogue Youth, B'nai Brith Youth,
Akron Jewish Day Schools, and Akron Jewish Community Center: Urban Land
These groups have together started "Tikkun" (repair/healing)
multi-purpose environmental education program.
Its first project is to
create an urban land laboratory behind the local
JCC, including nature
trails, organic gardens, and learning stations.
Contact: Rich Swirsky,
Ohio Citizen Action at 330-864-8464.