Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stewards of the Earth: Local churches going green as part of their faith

From Tennessee-

It started with an outdoor garden to attract wildlife. Then came a new lighting system to reduce energy use. A recycling program followed that.

And now the Unitarian Universalist Church in Chattanooga has completed the installation of several solar panels — the first ones on a church in the Chattanooga area.

“We have been working on this for three years. We did our research. We raised the money within our congregation to pay for the project,” says church member and environmentalist Sandy Kurtz, who spearheaded the earth-friendly project.

After jumping through a “bunch of hoops” to get permits from TVA and EPB, the church is now officially “on the grid,” Kurtz says.

 The Episcopal Church USA has a national program to help its churches in “preserving the sanctity of creation,” while the National Black Church Initiative has started an effort in its churches “to draw attention to the problem of global warming, the concept of which the black church has accepted for over 20 years,” according to NBCI’s website.

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