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Rev. Jordan Thrasher's Clean Power Plan testimony

Rev. Jordan ThrasherGood afternoon, my name is Rev. Jordan Thrasher and I am an elder in the United Methodist Church. At the outset, I want it to be clear from my testimony that I am in favor of reducing carbon emissions from power plants, and so am in favor of the EPAs Carbon Reduction Standards.

I am here because I have been asked to bear witness to my faith, which I believe is intricately and intimately intertwined with creation. The blight of climate change has affected us all in extreme weather events but it particularly effects the poor with higher rates of respiratory illness and other diseases because of their proximity to power plants that spread carbon into the air. Power plants that are our largest culprit of pollution in our country.

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Georgia Interfaith Power & Light seeks Executive Director

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light is seeking an Executive Director who can lead people of faith in Georgia as they recognize and embrace their call to care for creation.  The ideal candidate will lead, grow, and manage GIPL’s expanding role in our community. He or she will ensure the organization continues in its mission to engage communities of faith in stewardship of creation as a religious response to global climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice, pollution, and other disruptions in the creation and as a direct expression of our faithfulness.

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Beth Bond: Waste Not Want Not – EPA Clean Power Plan Testimony

I was not planning on testifying at the EPA’s Clean Power Plan public hearings held in Atlanta, July 29th and 30th. Even though I had scheduled a slot, I was not preparing to speak. For those of you who know me, I know this is surprising. Since my slot was on the second day, I asked myself what would I be able to offer when so many other deeply intelligent, thought leaders had spoken before me? As I sat and listened to testimony after testimony, I realized there were two things happening. First, I did have something to add that was not being said. That testimony is below. Secondly, even though there were broad themes that were told over and over and over, each individual who spoke in favor or opposition had at least one nugget of unique, valuable information to share. Over 1,600 hundred people were scheduled to testify in Atlanta, I was only able to capture a few dozen testimonies, but if you get the chance, check out Day 1 of Testimony and Day 2 of Testimony to get a feel of what people said.

Also, this is not a direct copy of what I said since I was not prepared to speak. I had jotted down some notes and spoke from where I speak most of the time…the heart. This will be my written submitted testimony.

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Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Announces Search for Executive Director

Kate McGregor Mosley Appointed Interim ED

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light announces that it is beginning a national search for a new executive director. At its meeting last night the board named Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley as Interim Executive Director to ensure the continuity of the organization during the search process. The search and appointment was prompted by the resignation of Rev. Alexis Chase who is leaving GIPL to become Vicar at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

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40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbines

Creation Care manifested in Wind PowerThis blog complements “Solar Spirit” – 50 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Solar Panels, posted March 6.

Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent, here are 40 churches, religious schools and faith-based organizations around the world that are putting their faith to work by promoting wind energy.

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ChurchPlaza is First Church Seating Provider to Comply with US, International Health Standards

Florida-based company proud to offer safest, highest quality church chairs on the market

ChurchPlaza (www.churchplaza.com), a 28 year old Sarasota, Florida-based national and international provider of church chairs, church seating and other quality products to the large American and International church markets, announced that it is the first church and sanctuary chair provider in the world to announce full compliance with all existing and pending US, International and Industry Association standards regarding raw materials and components used in ChurchPlaza church chairs.

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