OFSC Board member, Mark McClain, J.D. shares his reflections on civil disobedience and environmental injustice: When I was about three years old I lived with my grandparents in a small
In March, Ohioans for Sustainable Change Executive Director, Bishop Marica Dinkins, joined three other panelists–Rabbi Nate DeGroot, national organizer for the Shalom Center and organizer of Exodus Alliance; Rev. abby
Rev. Peter Galbraith shares how feeling the urgency of climate change led to his involvement with Ohioans for Sustainable Change, formerly Ohio Interfaith Power and Light: One evening several years
Peace Lutheran Church in Bowling Green recently installed solar panels along the south side of their building –“they look great and they are operating great!” Using a web based application, the church can access productivity reports and view real time energy activity. Peace expects up to 25% utility savings to be applied toward other ministries!
The grant will fund a variety of stormwater management practices installed at the church over the next several months. Those practices will include permeable pavers in the parking lot that will allow water from storm events to soak into the sandy ground at the church instead of flowing into the storm drains and bio retention areas behind the church and convent to allow the roof water to collect into basins and drain into the sandy soil instead of running off to the nearest sewer.
Catholic teachings have always stressed the importance of care for the environment. The Catholic Conference of Ohio, which represents each Catholic diocese in the state, has an environmental stewardship campaign, Environmental Justice Program, and an environmental issues awareness website, Care for Creation. The programs aim to reflect the religious, stewardship, and moral values that are central to Catholic teachings and faith. All of the programs work to encourage involvement and issue awareness.
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland has been recognized as a Certified Cool Congregation by national Interfaith Power and Light. Driven by a common mandate to be good stewards of Creation, the first 20 Certified Cool Congregations averaged 42% greenhouse gas reductions, showing that where there’s a will, there’s a way. In announcing the first twenty congregations to receive this recognition, The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, says, “These congregations are leading the way. They are putting their faith into action and bringing moral responsibility to the forefront of the movement to protect the climate.”
Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Seville, Ohio, has a moderate sized congregation with roughly two hundred members attending each Sunday. Though a small congregation, they are still concerned with environmental issues and have started an organization to promote awareness