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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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September 24, 2015:
PRESS RELEASE: ARC calls for real partnership with faiths, not tokenism
As the Pope prepares to address the United Nations tomorrow, ARC issues a call for “real partnership, not tokenism” with faith groups. Martin Palmer said the faiths need more than "just walk-on parts in the drama of the Sustainable Development Goal processs".

September 9, 2015:
PRESS RELEASE: Ten-year faith commitments launched at UN Faiths Meeting in Bristol
Faith leaders from around the world and United Nations officials gathered in Bristol, UK, this week to discuss how to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at ending poverty and creating a more sustainable planet.

September 6, 2015:
Bristol's faith leaders ask people to pray for the success of the Bristol UN Faiths Meeting
Faith communities in Bristol have asked their people to pray for the success of the historic meeting between faith leaders from around the world and senior United Nations officials to discuss the new Sustainable Development Goals in Bristol this week.

July 27, 2015:
Significant new ecological herbal nursery in Shaanxi province
Daoist monks at Zhengyang temple in Xianyang, Sha'anxi province inaugurated an Ecological TCM Herbal Nursery. It is the third in China, and is an important step in raising awareness of the ecological consquences of TCM throughout the country.

July 22, 2015:
PRESS RELEASE: Why Do I Care? French Government makes climate change debate personal pre COP
PRESS RELEASE JULY 22: French Government to ask heads of delegations to ask, personally, Why Do I Care?