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Directed byMarty Ostrow, Terry Kay Rockefeller
Produced byMarty Ostrow, Terry Kay Rockefeller
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Renewal is a 2008 feature-length documentary film about religious-environmental activists.[1] Directed and produced by American filmmakers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller, the film includes eight stories that represent the growing religious-environmental movement. Each story is set in a different religious-tradition, addressing a different environmental concern. Renewal began airing on public television stations in the United States in April 2009.[2]


The eight stories in Renewal are:[3]

  • A Crime Against Creation: Evangelicals bear witness to mountaintop removal mining and the destruction of Appalachia (11:20 min.)
  • Going Green: GreenFaith in New Jersey helps congregations take the first steps to environmental action (14:20 min)
  • Food for Faith: Muslim tradition and charity forge bonds between urban communities and sustainable farms in Illinois (14:50 min)
  • Ancient Roots: The Teva Learning Center and Adamah in Connecticut bring environmental education together with Jewish tradition (17:30 min)
  • Compassion in Action: Green Sangha, a Buddhist community in northern California, leads a campaign to save trees (11:10 min)
  • Eco-Justice: The Holy Spirit inspires a battle against industrial contamination in small-town Mississippi (11:30 min)
  • Sacred Celebration: Catholics and Native Americans embrace religious ritual in a struggle to protect New Mexico’s land and water (9:30 min)
  • Interfaith Power and Light: Across America people of all faiths mount a religious response to global warming (9:25 min)

Presentation history[edit]

  • In honor of World Environment Day 2008, Renewal was screened at the United Nations.[4]
  • Renewal is featured in Humane Society of the United States’ “All Creatures Great and Small Campaign.”[5]
  • Voted “Best of Fest” at the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival in Seattle.[4]
  • Screened by over 1000 Interfaith Power and Light-affiliated congregations, in 29 states.[6]
  • Showcased as a workshop at Bioneers by the Bay, a conference dedicated to visionary and practical solutions for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants.[6]
  • An official selection of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival and National Tour, the largest environmental film festival in the United States, a festival for activists by activists.[6]

DVD release[edit]

The Renewal DVD includes the 90-minute sequence of the eight stories, as well as uncut stand-alone versions of the stories. It is being promoted as a flexible tool for community action groups, congregations, religious and environmental organizations.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Renewal (2008) - Plot summary". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "American Public Television: Renewal: Stories from America's Religious Environmental Movement". American Public Television. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Renewal Project – About the Film". The Renewal Project. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "RENEWAL- Faith and Environment - Sierra Club's Environmental Partnerships Program - Sierra Club". Sierra Club. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "Food for Faith". Humane Society of the United States. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c "Renewal Project – What's Happening". The Renewal Project. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  7. ^ "Renewal Project – Purchase DVDs". The Renewal Project. Retrieved April 26, 2009.

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