Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014: Preaching, Maine CDC, offshore wind

Posted Jan. 29, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.

Earth-justice sermons

Within most faith traditions lies stewardship for creation. From Catholics to Buddhists, most agree that we must care for the earth and that swift and bold action is necessary to ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Churches are greening their sanctuaries with energy efficiency measures and renewable energy retrofits. Pope Francis has placed care for creation and its most vulnerable inhabitants at the center of his papacy. Individual congregations and national faith associations alike are divesting from fossil fuel companies. Faith leaders are actively protesting tar sands and the Keystone pipeline.

On Valentine Day’s weekend, thousands of churches across the country will take part in the National Preach-In, a day where sermons and coffee-hour conversations will focus on love for creation including how to transition away from dirty energy to clean energy and how to get Washington to listen. And we will write letters in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants.

I hope some will follow the lead of the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield that took a leap of faith when it sold its shares of ExxonMobil and reinvested in fossil-fuel free funds.

We must act in ways that will leave a better future for our children and our children’s children. Our faiths remind us we have a moral obligation to do so.

Join us Feb. 14-16 to see what the combined voices of our congregations can do. Go to www.preachin.org for resources, Earth-justice sermons and to sign up.

Holly Zadra

Pittsfield

 

The power of truth

“Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once,” wrote Shakespeare. The Jan. 25 article about the FBI probe of the Maine Center for Disease Control speaks of a true hero.

Sharon Leahy-Lind did the right thing, spoke the truth and was severely bullied and punished for it. I say: Speak louder and more often of the truth. Never give it to any sort of evil or retaliation.

“And fear not them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but, instead, you should fear God who can destroy both your body and your soul in Hell,” according to Matthew 10:28.

There may or may not be justice on this Earth, but rest assured there is justice on the other side. God hears and sees everything. No one can hide from God.

If doing the right thing were easy, everyone would do it. Hiding behind “just doing your job” is like trying to hide behind a teeny fig leaf. The light will shine like a spotlight and expose them all. Leahy-Lind should stay strong and speak the truth louder and stronger than ever before. It is only the truth that will set her free. Nothing else will.

Kelley Hashey

Bangor

Worth the risk?

A recent BDN editorial, “Worth the risk,” was a cheerleader for offshore wind technology, describing it as holding out the promise of “millions of federal dollars spent in the state.”

It reminds me of a lecture I once heard in which the speaker was explaining what we ask of our congressional delegates when we elect them: “Go to Washington and get back all the tax money we have paid into the government. Then try to take money that other states have put in, too.”

This quip drew nervous chuckles. The audience understood that those charges were the same as those put to the delegates of the other 49 states, all of whom had needs crying for federal largesse and sharp legislators ready and able to build a case for them.

Pitting state against state in competition for federal dollars is inefficient, to put it kindly. The system invites corruption and shady dealing.

Finally, if offshore wind energy is truly the “next big thing,” as the editorial suggests, why are private investors not voting for it with their checkbooks?

David Dean

Sangerville

 

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