Is energy only a problem for physics?  Or does it have a spiritual dimension?

Organizing belief: Interfaith social change organizations in the religious-environmental movement

Dina Biscotti Nicole Woolsey Biggart (2014),  in Paul Tracey , Nelson Phillips, Michael Lounsbury (ed.) Religion and Organization Theory (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 41) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.413 - 439

Abstract

A growing religious-environmental movement is working to reconcile environmental thought and practice with the mission and ministry of religious organizations. We examine two leading interfaith social change organizations and identify key strategies they routinely employ to create shared meaning and alignment between environmentalism and faith. They reframe stewardship in religious organizations by (1) highlighting and interpreting environmental themes in sacred texts and scriptures, (2) celebrating and fostering mutual awareness of environmental action by faith-based organizations, and (3) providing resources and creating linkages between clergy and lay leaders across religious congregations. By emphasizing moral and spiritual rationales for the adoption of resource-saving products and behaviors at both the congregational and household level, these networked organizations help shift the perception of global climate change from an insurmountable problem to one that is being addressed in cooperation with similar others. Our investigation reveals organizational actors deeply engaged in growing moral calls for political action to address climate change and underscores the need for more socially realistic models of technology adoption and behavior change.

Keywords: 

Institutional logicsstewardshipinterfaithreligious-environmental movementsocial change organizationsenergy behavior

 

Solar panels for a faith community are blessed.  Energy saving is seen as stewarding God's creation in many churches.

Solar panels for a faith community are blessed.  Energy saving is seen as stewarding God's creation in many churches.