Episcopal churches step up efforts to go solar to reach net-zero carbon emissions goals

Jun 16, 2021 | In the News, National Press Clips

Posted by Tony Gutiérrez on Jun 16, 2021, Episcopal News Service

When it came time to bless the solar panels at the Church of St. Martin in Davis, California, earlier this spring, Northern California Bishop Megan Traquair had to improvise – the Book of Common Prayer, so far, doesn’t include a solar panel blessing.

After reading an abridged version of “A Song of Creation” from the Morning Prayer II lessons, Traquair stood on a scissor lift, sprinkled the panels with holy water, and prayed “that they may continue to capture the light of God’s beautiful creation, the thumb that he placed above us, and that its energy may go to help support the life of those that he has placed here in this community, in this country and in this world.”

Episcopalians and other people of faith have increasingly become aware of climate change and its effects, particularly in places like California where wildfires burn millions of acres annually and force residents to evacuate. Read more here

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