A free webinar of practical ideas for congregations and individuals.
We heard from experienced church leaders from California, Kentucky, Arkansas, New York, and West Virginia. Energy conservation, solar panels, heat pumps, new grants for churches from Inflation Reduction Act, planet-healthy potluck suppers for churches, lawn care, electric vehicles charging stations, Christmas ideas for family and friends, and more ideas for a difference. Churches that are caring for God’s creation attract young adults and young families with children, two demographic groups that are concerned about climate change. Have you looked at your church’s energy bills lately? “Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects heating a home [and church] with natural gas will cost an extra 25% this winter, and heating with electric will run 11% higher. The steepest hike will be on heating oil, which is expected to be 45% more expensive than last winter” (CNN). “World has nine years to avert catastrophic warming, study shows” was the headline in the Washington Post, Friday, Nov. 11 from the international COP27 meeting in Egypt. Our 2012 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly voted to “Call upon the whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reduce our carbon imprint by 25 percent in the next four years.” “We’ve talked long enough. It’s now time for action. Every presbytery leader, pastor and church member needs to get involved. We don’t have the luxury of time anymore,” said PCUSA GA Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson. “I am encouraged by the time spent with clergy who share the same concerns for our environment. We must do more.” Giving an hour to learn how to better care for the earth through saving money on church energy bills is a wonderful Christmas gift for Jesus – “for God so loved the world (the original biblical word here is “cosmos,” the whole of creation) that he sent his only Son” (John 3:16).
Presenters: Sarah Paulos, Interfaith Power & Light; Scharmel Roussel, IP&L; Jerry Van Marter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery; Robin Blakeman, West Virginia IP&L