Interfaith Conversation on the Environment Resource Page

Scholars and leaders from four major faith traditions participated in a panel titled, “Caring for our Common Home: An Interfaith Conversation on the Environment,” was presented on Saturday, May 6 at the Hopewell United Methodist Church.

Representing Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faiths, the panelists presented about how their faith approaches environmental issues and how we all need to respond to degradation of the Earth.

Panelist Bios

Panelist Bio Sheet

The presentors provided the following resources for further study.

Rabbi Debra Smith (Reb Deb)
Founding Rabbi and spiritual leader of Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Congregation

Text Citations- Judaism And the Environment
Presentation Outline – Judaism and the Environment

Imam Saffet Abid Catovic
Imam (Muslim religious leader) and acting Muslim Chaplain at Drew University

Saffat Resources
Salat, the Earth and the Environment – Saffat
The Natural World and the Muslims

Video Resource: The Next Act: Interfaith Commitments to Climate Justice from the Parliment of the World’s Religions. Watch below:

Dr. Laurel Kearns
Associate Professor of Sociology and Religion and Environmental Studies at Drew Theological School and the Graduate Division of Religion of Drew University

Kearns Environmental Action List


The archived video of the presentations are below:

Full panel from start:

If you are interested in a specific speaker, fast forward to the times below:

Gopal Patel
19 minutes, 20 seconds

Imam Saffat Catovic
39 minutes, 28 seconds

Dr. Laurel Kearns
! hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds

Rabbi Deb Smith
1 housr, 14 minutes, 51 seconds

Question and Answer Time
2 hours, 4 minutes, 32 seconds

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