Press Room

The following Press Clips highlight the work of Earth Ministry or include quotes from our staff and members.

For press-related issues, please write emoffice (at) or call 206-632-2426.

Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change

Earth Ministry collaborated with Physicians for Social Responsibility to publish this OpEd by Father Stephen Sundborg, President of Seattle University, and Dr. Howard Frumpkin, Dean of the UW School of Public Health, which combines the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and the…
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KOUW: “Pope's Alarm Bell On Climate Change Heard In Puget Sound”

Local NPR interview with Earth Ministry’s Jessie Dye speaking about the faith community’s role in protecting the “Thin Green Line” of the Northwest from fossil fuel projects, and the Pope’s encyclical and climate change. It also featured audio of Fr. Jack Walmseley giving a tour…
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West Seattle Blog: “Thursday: Our Lady of Guadalupe to host Seattle-wide follow-up to Pope’s environmental encyclical”

Full detailed coverage of the encyclical celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. [The WS Blog reported the number of attendees who showed up early for a tour of the church’s green buildings, solar panels, and gardens (150) as opposed to the total number that…
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THURSDAY: Our Lady of Guadalupe to host Seattle-wide followup to Pope’s environmental encyclical

Pre-encyclical release event announcement for the celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. West Seattle Blog June 17, 2015 Tomorrow, worldwide news will be made by a major statement expected from Pope Francis, about the environment and climate change (some of it’s already been leaked). Then…
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National Catholic Reporter: “Seattle Catholics plan encyclical related event tomorrow evening”

This national publication picked up Earth Ministry’s press release and published a pre-event article the day before the encyclical release celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. By Dan Morris-YoungJun. 17, 2015 Seattle – Noting that Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment has specific application…
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Warren Olney’s To the Point: “Pope's Urgent Call for Action on Climate Change”

Earth Ministry’s Program & Outreach Director, Jessie Dye, was a guest on the national NPR show “To the Point” on June 18. She joined an international Vatican correspondent, a member of the UN Panel on Climate Change, and a senior fellow from the Heritage Foundation…
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Seattle Parish Celebrates Release of Pope's Encyclical on Climate Change

June 19, 2015 By Louis McGill Published in Northwest Catholic’s Local  SEATTLE – “Who will bring this message of hope to the world?” Father Jack Walmesley asked the estimated 250 people who gathered June 18 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish to celebrate Pope Francis’ encyclical on…
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Press Release: Encyclical Celebration Event in Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2015  CONTACTS: LeeAnne Beres, Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light, 206.632.2426  Peggy Behnken, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 206.935.0358 x114 (church)  ENCYCLICAL CELEBRATION EVENT IN SEATTLE Pope Francis’ letter on caring for creation  Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical on the environment will be celebrated…
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Pope Francis, in leaked draft letter, calls for curbing global warming

Earth Ministry’s Jessie Dye is quoted in the LA Times about the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment. She reminds readers that the value of stewardship is not new to Catholic social teaching and that this historic statement will be a reminder for us all to…
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On behalf of the Lummi Nation and Northwest Native Tribes

During a recent ceremony, faith leader Rev. Holly Hallman reaffirmed the promise of support and partnership between faith leaders and tribal leaders to protect tribal lands and fishing rights threatened by the planned export of coal from Washington to Asia.  Eco-Journey, blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of…
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