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Last month, I wrote about how the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had prompted environmental soul-searching, particularly among Christians and adherents of nature-based religions (Native Americans, Pagans, etc.) who have been offering up prayers and rituals to help heal the earth. National Catholic Reporter has published an oil spill hymn, written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a Presbyterian minister. But The Chicago Tribune’s Seeker blog recently featured posts from Rabbi Adam Cholom and agnostic James Kirk Wall, each explaining why the situation is beyond prayer now.

The latest news, almost three months after the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, from Religion News Service’s daily roundup:

The AP leads with “Where would Jesus drill?” in an article about environmentally minded religious leaders making the spill a rallying cry. United Methodists are hoping to use their shares in BP, Transocean, and Halliburton to push the companies to clean up their act.

“If Jesus were here, Jesus would not say, `I’m not going to own any shares. He would want to own the shares so he could get in there and call them to accountability,” says Byrd Bonner, executive director of the UMC Foundation. About a dozen high-profile religious leaders (an armada, says CNN) took a look-see around the gulf on Wednesday. 

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