Lifting the Fog

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11 It's foggy in Pittsburgh. It's the kind of fog that prevents you from seeing down the street, but not out your window. This creates a sense of insulation and isolation--that you're all alone in space rather than part of a large urban city. The fog is probably because of Pittsburgh's hilly topography, or the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, or the unseasonably warm weather in the first weekend of December. Continue reading

Do Something for the Environment – Pray for the Earth and Act

Bound by a sacred responsibility to care for God’s earth and to preserve it for the next generation, Creation Care and stewardship ministries are gaining popularity worldwide. You may have heard of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and animals, and might even have a statue of his likeness in your garden. He was said to have a great love of animals and the environment, and is credited for connecting caring for the poor with caring for creation, making him the father of eco-justice. But did you know that people of faith around the world of all spiritual backgrounds are answering the call to protect the earth, and faith-based statements on climate change can be found across the spectrum of religious practices? Continue reading

United Methodist Women Shocked After Tour of Impacts of Methane and Air Pollutants for Communities in SWPA

Over a dozen women from the Pittsburgh region and around the country joined local experts and impacted community members today on an intensive tour of communities threatened by the expansion and development of the natural gas industry.  The tour centered on the threats from methane and other harmful air pollutants that are leaked at every stage of natural gas production, processing, and transportation.   Continue reading