Monday, May 4, 2009

Bishops: Don't go near the (bottled) water

Episcopal bishops from the West have defined a new secular commandment: Stay away from bottled water, and don't bring it into the church's upcoming General Convention in Anaheim, Calif.

"We urge you to encourage delegates not to buy bottled water, but instead to bring metal or ceramic water bottles that can be refilled with tap water," said a letter signed by 12 bishops from six Western states.

The two diocesan bishops in this state, the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel in the Diocese of Olympia and the Rt. Rev. James Waggoner in the Diocese of Spokane, signed the letter. So did a pair of other Washington-based bishops serving temporary duty in Oregon dioceses, Bishops Nedi Rivera and Sandy Hampton.

The thumbs-down on bottled water was contained in a passionate, quite political and politically correct post-Easter message on global warming and a needed response by the faithful.

"We urge you to vote for political candidates who will help our country make a swift transition to clean, safe and renewable energy," the bishops wrote.

The prelates also supported the so-called Genesis Covenant, an initiative whereby the Episcopal Church commits to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from every facility it maintains by a minumum of 50 percent in 10 years.

It is an ambitious goal, particularly for a denomination that has lost members and recently reported a drop in church attendance.

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1 comment:

Bruce Robison said...

Will juice boxes be acceptable?