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- Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 07:25:35 EDT
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THE MICHIGAN INTERFAITH GLOBAL WARMING CAMPAIGN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 11, 2001
Kim Winchell (517) 695-2402
Rev. Charles Morris (734) 284-7727
With bright sun streaming down and powering the sound system, about seventy
people of various faith traditions came together to celebrate a unique
blessing of a church's solar panels and windmill, as they called for a
national energy policy that counters the threat of global warming by
emphasizing clean, renewable energy sources.
Wyandotte, MI - June 10 - In perhaps the first such gathering of its kind, an
enthusiastic crowd from various faith traditions joined in a responsive
prayer of blessing for the solar panels and a small windmill recently
installed on the roof of the rectory of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, as
parish priest Rev. Charles Morris stood on the third-story roof and blessed
the renewable energy devices with holy water.
A gust of wind came up providentially at just the moment the blessing focused
on the wind turbine, causing it to rotate for the first time that day. The
renewable energy system will supply half of the electricity needs of the
Members of the Michigan Interfaith Global Warming Campaign helped
organize the special celebration, which also featured a short press
conference and the release of a timely statement, "Let There Be Light!
Energy Conservation and God's Creation," signed by 35 religious leaders of
Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations and communities in Michigan.
"The Judaic teachings are very clear : God's covenant is with all of
creation, from generation to generation. Humans are to carefully steward the
Earth and its resources in ways that do not bring harm to our world. Moving
towards a cleaner, more efficient energy policy and working to counter global
warming is the way of faithful stewardship," said Rabbi Marla Feldman,
President of the Jewish Community Council of Metro Detroit, and a signatory
to the Michigan leaders' statement.
During the press conference, Sister Virginia Pfau, President of the Sister
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary community in Monroe, told of steps
taken by the Sisters to incorporate the use of geothermal energy in their
large headquarte building.
"This event today exemplifies our message and our work," said Kim Winchell, a
Lutheran and the state coordinator of Michigan's interfaith campaign, which
began in 1999. "We of various faith traditions are united in our concern
about the effects of global warming; we are encouraging actions within our
own communities to use energy in the most responsible and faithful way; and
we are urging our nation's leadership to develop a national energy policy
which does not increase the problem of global warming by relying too heavily
on fossil fuel use and development."
The leaders' statement describes energy conservation as both a personal and a
public virtue, and it stresses the justice aspects of this global problem and
points to the "moral responsibility" of the United States "to lead a
transition to new and sustainable global energy use." The statement will be
sent to President Bush, Energy Secretary Abraham, and other elected
officials. Organizers of today's gathering hoped that Rep. David Bonior, the
only member of the Michigan Congressional delegation able to attend, would
personally take word of the event and its message back to Washington.
"Today, we the people of faith are dreaming a new dream of the Earth,"
said Rev. Charles Morris. "In this moment of crisis and opportunity, may we
and our government's leaders have the vision to choose the path to a more
sustainable and creation-healing energy future. Today, we recommit ourselves
to the legacy we leave our children and our children's children, to the
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