February 2

Letter to the editor: Maine communities of faith addressing climate change

I was raised a Protestant minister’s daughter in rural Maine, and now attend a United Church of Christ church in my local community. I grew up on sermons reminding me that the earth is a precious gift from God.

Now when I hear such sermons I often end up in tears. I see the changes already happening to my beloved and beautiful state due to climate change, and I am frightened about what the future holds.

At the same time, I am heartened to know that more and more religious communities across Maine and the U.S. are responding to the situation. Many faiths have already made statements about climate change, calling on their members to address the severe nature of the global warming crisis.

To focus more attention on this crucial issue, congregations around the country will take part in a National Preach-In on Climate Change the weekend of Feb. 14-16.

Participating congregations will feature sermons, prayers, hymns, community discussions, presentations and other activities on the theme of care for the earth and living creatures, the facts of climate change, and proposals for responding to the challenges of a warming earth.

Many faith communities have already taken action in their own congregations, such as making their churches and synagogues more energy efficient and helping community members weatherize their homes.

They have called on elected officials to enact policies to control greenhouse gas emissions, like the proposed Environmental Protection Agency standards for carbon pollution.

A growing number, such as the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, are getting rid of the fossil fuel stocks in their church portfolios.

Locally, Maine Interfaith Power and Light is promoting the Preach-In. If you, like me, are a person of faith concerned about climate change, please contact them.

Karen Marysdaughter


Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)