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  •  When my Mom put solar panels on her roof (14+ / 0-)

    my uncle said, "you're too old, the energy savings are never going to pay off in your lifetime." Her response, "I'd like to leave a livable planet for our grandchildren," was a pretty powerful rebuttal to the common appeal to financial self-interest that can obviously only go so far where the environment is concerned.

    As far as the involvement of churches into the moral question of climate change, I think there's a real sea change as you describe. In Germany, my native country, especially the Lutheran churches have been very active in pushing climate change as a moral issue. One pastor I interviewed for an article in Sojourners entitled Heavenly Energy very eloquently describes how they managed to turn solar panels into "Creation Windows."

    We thought, wouldn’t it be a great metaphor of what a church should be doing anyway, transforming the power of God into energy for our daily life? Just as electricity is a symbol of light and power, faith is a symbol of the power that God gives us to have hope and trust in humanity, to help each other and to co-create.

    - Pastor Peter Hasenbrink, Bergkirche Schönau

    Pastor Hasenbrink

    You don’t want to be victimized by your lesser talents. - Gary Snyder

    by citisven on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:14:22 PM PST

    •  I may be an atheist... (7+ / 0-)

      ...but if all believers manifested like this, I wouldn't be nearly as grouchy about it.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:23:11 PM PST

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      •  the problem is that the most misguided (4+ / 0-)
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        religious folks are often also the loudest ones. I would say that the majority of people of faith, not just in Germany but in the U.S. are very much environmentally conscious and would agree that being good stewards is absolutely in line with their theology. It's just that the screamers take up so much space leading to the false assumptions that most Christian are just itching for the end times. So I think it's actually important for environmentalists to work with and promote the many church communities that are really on our side, rather than judging or ridiculing them for whatever ecumenical beliefs they hold.

        You don’t want to be victimized by your lesser talents. - Gary Snyder

        by citisven on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:35:40 PM PST

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    •  Very cool (6+ / 0-)

      Your mother is a smart woman.

      Love the solar roof on that church. In my area, we have gotten funding to install geothermal heating/cooling units in one church and working on two more. Several others are looking into installing a green roof. Congregations are also starting to ask members to commit to lower their carbon footprint.

      Be radical in your compassion.

      by DWG on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:29:24 PM PST

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