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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.
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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.
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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.
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4. Faith in Conservation (2013): New Approaches to Religion and the Environment by Martin Palmer and Victoria Finlay
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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

October 14, 2014:
Canterbury launches partnership with pilgrimages
The historic cathedral city of Canterbury has launched the Green Pilgrimage Canterbury Partnership bringing together some 40 local sacred sites, pilgrim routes, food producers and tourism authorities in a commitment to making pilgrimage through the region environmentally friendly.

October 7, 2014:
Faiths and the environment
Information and links to a wide range of faith-based environmental organisations, campaigns and networks worldwide.

October 7, 2014:
First thoughts on the new global alliance for climate-smart agriculture
One week on from the New York Climate Summit, which ARC attended through our faithful farming programme, for the launch of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. ARC’s Susie Weldon reflects on what has changed.

September 24, 2014:
Economist article celebrates religions' role in challenging climate change
As the UN Climate Summit opens in Washington a major column in The Economist identifies the legacy of environmental action led by faith organisations over the years.

September 23, 2014:
"Bright new light on ancient ideas"
Martin Palmer's 'fluid translation' of a Chinese classic has won the approval of China Daily's Paul Bolding