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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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May 17, 2017:
Writing on the Wall: How can Poetry Can Save the Planet? June 3. Waterloo.
Poets, thinkers, writers and others who care for the natural world will gather in Waterloo on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a unique interactive day of exploring and learning how poetry can help us protect the environment.

May 4, 2017:
How three Daoist Masters went to Windsor to meet the Prince
His Royal Highness Prince Philip today announced his retirement from his official duties. For more than 30 years, as the founder of ARC, he has been supporting the work of religions around the world protecting the environment. His most recent official engagement for ARC was two weeks ago, at Windsor Castle. Three Daoist Masters came from China to tell the Prince about their environmental challenges and their amazing projects. Here is the story behind that meeting.

March 15, 2017:
Sikh Environment Day reached 2 million people in 15 countries and 21 states this year
A record 5,000 Sikh Gurdwaras, institutions, schools and communities all across India and all over the world celebrated Sikh Environment Day on March 14 this year, more than any other year since the celebration began in 2010.

March 8 2017:
China's prestigious Sixth Tone writes how Daoist monks find new role as environmentalists
Daoists follow wu wei — letting things follow their natural flow. But the environmental degradation in China horrified some Daoists them so much that they decided to do something out of character. They agreed to take action. Great story by China's Sixth Tone magazine about ARC's work with Daoists.

February 15, 2017:
PRESS RELEASE: Religions to be partners in Earth Hour 2017
A new initiative, led by WWF-UK and with the help of ARC brings Earth Hour to churches and other places of worshipy. The hope is to encourage even more Christians and members of other religious communities to come together, switch off the electricity, light candles and think about protecting the planet and how to live more simply. Resource pack available here.