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What the Churches are Saying about Energy

Christian Churches

The Biblical Vision of Justice

“Energy policies that Christians can support, then, will seek to actualize the multifaceted biblical vision of justice. They will be policies that close rather than widen the gap dividing wealth and poverty, rich nations and poor. They will be measures that liberate rather than oppress. They will be programs that distribute fairly the benefits, burdens, and hazards of energy production and consumption, taking into consideration those not yet born as well as the living.”

United Methodist Church, Energy Policy Statement


Sustainable Energy Choices

“The potential supply of renewable and alternative energy sources far exceeds the current and projected demand from all energy sources.  God has truly furnished creation with energy in abundance. Nevertheless,… our nation still relies heavily on fossil fuels and nuclear power to provide 93% of the energy we currently consume.  We are not living sustainably in relationship with God’s creation. This leads to our reliance on these traditional energy sources (which) poses grave dangers to justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.”

Presbyterian Church USA, The Power to Change


Making Simple Changes

“There are clear ways to change … beginning with replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, and turning down the heat in winter.  But some changes will be more challenging—like investing in wind or solar energy devices, insulating our buildings and improving their thermal inertia, calculating the optimal time lag for automatic light switches, adding green roofs and passive solar or earth-sheltered design elements.”

Episcopal Church, Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, On Creation Restored


Linking Issues

“(We) encourage congregations … (to work) for environmental responsibility in energy conservation and efficiency, purchase of renewable energy, recycling, procurement policies, reducing resource consumption.”

Lutheran Earthkeeping Network of the Synods


Our Choices Threaten Others

 “Poor communities and communities of color will disproportionately suffer the unjust consequences of our choices. And now, we realize more every day that our choices threaten the voiceless natural systems that sustain all of life itself.”

– United Church of Christ


Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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