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Ways to help out in the Gulf

FSPA has joined with many other faith communities who are uniting their faith with action for the care of the earth.

Through a donation, FSPA has joined Interfaith Power & Light’s  “Converted?” week August 6 – 8.

The goal that week is to increase the visibility of faith communities that are taking a stand and insisting respectfully, yet forcefully, that our elected officials follow suit to protect God’s creation.

More about the organization:


Here are some ways to participate from August 6 – 8:

Interfaith Power & Light can help you speak to the nation’s leaders in ways that will be heard. Here are several ways you can participate as a Climate Convert:

In closing a prayer from Dr. Emoto,

“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral, algae, and all living creatures . . . I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.  I love you.”

If it was my home…bringing the oil spill to your town

Below is a link to an  interactive map that lets you “move” the Gulf spill to your own hometown to see what it would look like and how far the devastation would spread. Just type in your hometown at the top and click “move the spill.” There is also a good set of action steps at the bottom.

It is a simple tool but one that takes the abstract concept of  “thousands of barrels of oil spilling ” each day and put it into a recognizable context. A context that gives a window into the depth of devastation that is destroying the waters, the sea creatures, the plants, the land…what will we be called to do?

If It Was My Home

Big Oil: Sojourners offers this action

Below is a quick action to take on behalf of the ocean, the birds, the turtles, the fish…all the life that is being changed, sickened and destroyed by the oil spill in the Gulf.

Sojourners offers a quick way to remind our leaders that this tragedy could have been prevented and can be prevented in the future if we decide to change our policies and practices around energy consumption.

Join with others and demand that we stop “prioritizing polluters over people and the planet…”


Just weeks after the worst mining accident in more than 40 years, this month’s issue of Sojourners takes on King Coal. We had no idea that Big Oil would so soon demand our attention as well.

Oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with no guarantee of when it will stop; dead sea turtles, fish, and birds washing ashore; horrible “solutions” that require setting fire to the Gulf and dumping massive amounts of chemicals in the water – the aftermath of the April 20 oil rig explosion just keeps getting worse.

People in the surrounding states are watching their livelihoods be destroyed. Millions of God’s creatures will be poisoned. Ecosystems will be disrupted and changed – possibly forever.

Tell the Senate and President Obama: This oil spill is a giant wake-up call. We need energy and climate legislation that protects, not exploits, our environment.

Who is to blame? Unfortunately, the answer is all of us – the oil companies, the government, and each of us who participate in an oil-and-energy driven culture. We must take personal responsibility, but we must also call our leaders to account for this environmental disaster.

The Senate is working on passing energy and climate legislation, but right now it prioritizes polluters over people and the planet – buying industry’s political support with “incentives,” like new permits for offshore drilling and nuclear power development.

Senate legislation should prioritize cleaner, safer energy sources, and support an economy that requires less energy consumption overall.

This tragedy continues to unfold, but until all of us – and our nation – break our love affair with oil, gas, and coal, we will continue to see environmental disasters take place. We need to invest in a clean, renewable energy infrastructure today. We can’t wait any longer.

In the coming weeks there will be plenty of blame to go around for this disaster. But right now we need to see leadership from the president and U.S. Senate to ensure that our country is put on the path to a better future.

After you take action, please join us in prayer for the thousands of engineers, politicians, and scientists racing the clock to find solutions for this tragedy.

For God’s creation,

Elizabeth, Justin, Kevin, Jen, and the rest of the Sojo policy team.

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