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1. Stories of the Stranger  Collected by Martin Palmer and Katriana Hazell
Bene Factum Publishing
All faiths have stories of being the stranger and this touching collection of 20 sometimes funny, sometimes poignant stories from around the world brings these ancient narratives to life. Each has been revitalised by a contemporary writer including Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister; Benaifer Bhandari, a Zoroastrian storyteller and poet; Penguin novelist, Dr. Vayu Naidu; Emma Geen, whose debut novel will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015; author Victoria Finlay; and Sef Townsend, a storyteller who works with refugees. Each tells of an encounter with the unknown; highlighting the consequences of uncharitable attitudes and the potential riches that flow from generosity. Read more here.

2. Faith in Food: Changing the world one meal at a time  Edited by Susie Weldon and Sue Campbell
Bene Factum Publishing
A colourful, inspirational, hard-hitting guide to issues around food, farming and spirituality, Faith in Food: Changing the world one meal at a time explores the realities of our relationship to food and the environment through the value systems and traditions of the major faiths of the world. With a foreword by Prince Charles this 228-page book is aimed at helping people make sustainable and faith-consistent choices around the food they eat, grow and buy. Read sample here.

3. Sacred Mountains Allerd Stikker
Bene Factum Publishing
Dutch industrialist Allerd Stikker discovered Daoism on a business trip to Taiwan in the 1980s. It led him to become involved in the revival of Daoism itself and its emergence as a force for environmentalism in modern China. Sacred Mountains tells the remarkable personal, spiritual and political story of how this once reviled ancient philosophy has come to play a significant role in shaping the future both of China and our planet as a whole. Read more.

4. Faith in Conservation (2013): New Approaches to Religion and the Environment by Martin Palmer and Victoria Finlay
A new edition of this important exploration of how different religions perceive the world - and how these worldviews shape environmental policy. It looks at how the great faiths use mythology, sacred texts and cutting edge investment strategies and explores both the spiritual and material benefits of involving religion in environmental action. Download as a pdf file.

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Latest news

November 18, 2015:
PRESS RELEASE: French President makes COP personal
PARIS: November 18, 2015 A dramatic appeal, sent this week personally by French President Francois Hollande to every Head of State attending the opening event on the 30th November of the Paris Climate Change COP asks each of them to answer a simple question “Why Do I Care” about the climate.

November 18, 2015:
PRESS RELEASE Pilgrim cities around the world to go greener thanks to Schwarzenegger initiative
“Faithful Cities – pilgrims for a living planet” will work with pilgrimage cities of the world to develop sustainable technology and make them greener, cleaner and more resilient.

13th November 2015:
PRESS RELEASE. First ever meeting of brokers for faith and conservation programmes
Landmark meeting at Lambeth Palace November 17-18 to celebrate 30 years of collaboration between Faiths and Conservation.

12 November 2015:
Interview with Martin Palmer in China's prestigious Dangjian Magazine

October 20, 2015:
China Daily features ARC's work in China in advance of President Xi's visit to UK
An article in China Daily today highlights the recent burgeoning of Daoist, Confucianist and Chinese Buddhist actions on environment. The article is published in advance of President Xi's visit to UK this week.