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Western faith groups and investment firms call on oil and gas lobby groups to drop opposition to BLM natural gas waste rule

25 socially responsible investment firms and Western faith leaders joined together in a letter calling on oil and gas lobby groups to drop their opposition and support the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s natural gas waste rule, which was proposed earlier this year.

The letter addressed seven trade associations including Western Energy Alliance, Consumer Energy Alliance, Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), New Mexico Oil & Gas Association, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, Colorado Petroleum Council, and La Plata Energy Council. The coalition’s call to action comes as COGA members and western energy producers gather for the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit which kicked off this past Monday in Denver.

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Sharing Grace

Some of the items donated by the ladies of the Northeast District of South Georgia Conference United Methodist WomenSometimes we don’t think about our stuff as grace, which means we miss being grateful for all of the things we have. One reason people miss this is because so many of us have so much of everything. It’s easy to become complacent when you have so much. In fact, most of us are so overwhelmed with our stuff we can even sometimes complain about it.

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UMC Gifts Provide Solar Ovens in the Dominican Republic

 

In February 2016, these women in Mexico were trained as community-based primary health workers through the Give Ye Them To Eat program.

Ysabel Medina and Lucy Sanchez, members of Iglesia Evangélica Domincana (IED) in Samaná, Dominican Republic, understand the powerful impact solar cooking can have on families in their communities who struggle to put food on their tables. Cooking with solar ovens is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to cooking with the traditional charcoal, wood, or propane cooking fuel.

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Presbyterian Church USA Misses the Mark on Fossil Fuel Divestment

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) had a chance last week to make history. During their General Assembly, the denomination delegates were presented with the opportunity to make changes to the investments of the Board of Pensions, the Presbyterian Foundation and the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, by divesting from fossil fuel companies. Unfortunately, the “overture” to divest was defeated despite the committee’s recommendation in favor.

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) had a chance last week to make history. During their General Assembly, the denomination delegates were presented with the opportunity to make changes to the investments of the Board of Pensions, the Presbyterian Foundation and the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, by divesting from fossil fuel companies. Unfortunately, the “overture” to divest was defeated despite the committee’s recommendation in favor.

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Solarize Decatur-DeKalb launches to over-sized crowd

Solarize Decatur-DeKalbFollowing the success of Solarize Athens, GIPL, Decatur Sustainability Board, Environment Georgia and Solar Crowd Source have launched a new campaign in Decatur and DeKalb County - Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. The first town hall was held on June 14 at Decatur First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur. Organizers were thrilled with the over 150+ in attendance. “It’s always exciting to have to add more chairs for a presentation,” said Beth Bond, GIPL board member.

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Mother-Daughter Team Create Eco-Friendly Vacation Bible School Program

Mother-Daughter Team Create Eco-Friendly Vacation Bible School ProgramBeth Bond and Rev. Dawn Bond Launch Our Beautiful Little Blue Planet

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. - Isaiah 55:12

If Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs have one thing in common, it is to teach children the joy and love God has for each individual child. Years ago VBS included lots of homemade crafts and songs that every generation knew. Over the years VBS became more scripted, grander, shinier and convenient. Somewhere along the way these highly produced programs which meant well, lost its way.  The programs started to feel like kids real creativity was being taken away as their crafts became snapped together plastic things. Plastic trinkets from China were given out to help children remember their Bible verses. Elaborate sets were made of throwaway Styrofoam and yards of plastic sheeting.  Like everything else it was accepted as the new norm. They weren’t intentionally trying to be wasteful. It just happened.

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