Faith Communities


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Mission Summary: To spread the truth about fracking  to faith communities
throughout Ohio and beyond: 
Fracking harms God’s Creation. It must be stopped, AND…
We must move to a new paradigm of renewable energy if we are to save God’s Creation,  which sustains all life on earth.

OUR COMPLETE MISSION STATEMENT: (View or Download FaCT Mission/Vision Statement as a PDF

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  THANKS, EVERYONE,

FOR ALL YOUR WORK THIS YEAR! 

We will not be meeting for a while, due to the approaching holiday season.

Watch this space for announcement
of the date and location of our next meeting.

 Would your place of worship be willing to host a FaCT General Meeting?  

Contact Ron Prosek, Convener:  rprosek.fact@gmail.com

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Susie Beiersdorfer [third from left] of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown reported
to the recent meeting of FaCT on the Community Rights campaign in her community to ban frack-
ing.  (See story on NEOGAP Homepage on Community Rights campaigns in Ohio.)

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It’s Time to Change Everything

Posted: Updated: 
by Rev. Peggy Clark, Unitarian Universalist Minister.

Just a few weeks ago, 400,000 people took to the streets, calling our leaders, our captains of industry and government, to hear the cry of the people, the demand for climate justice. More than 1500 Unitarian Universalists, nearly 1 percent of our entire membership, were on NYC streets that day. We stood alongside the Evangelicals and Pentecostals, between the Buddhists and the Quakers.

We could hear the Jews blowing their Shofars and the Pagans banging their drums and we all cheered and chanted, calling all of Earth’s people to Wake Up! We are in a climate crisis, an almost incomprehensible emergency and it’s time to wake up!

The rational that led to slavery and colonization and the deprivation of humans at various times in history is the same thought process leading to the destruction of earth. It is the framework that suggests everything is in service to the dominant class. If we fight racism, classism or sexism but don’t extend the models of oppression to Earth, we are continuing the degradation of the planet. If we work for environmental sustainability but not socially sustainable models, we are supporting the paradigm which will ultimately terminate Earth’s ability to maintain human life. The fight for justice is the fight for life in every form. The dismantling of the human power structure of dominance is the dismantling of the same structure that dominates Earth.

View Full Article Via NEOGAP

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Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH)

Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH)

Agriculture is prominent in Cortland County New York, and the work of MICAH has protected their community’s public health, farmland, livestock, and water and air resources from the dangers of fracking.

Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH) is a faith-based community organization based in upstate New York that gives poor and working families the tools to address the quality of their lives. MICAH trains citizens to mobilize community resources, strengthen relationships and examine the causes of concerns in their community. MICAH accomplishes its mission by addressing several issues, including environmental concerns, such as fracking.

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 World Council Of Churches Divests From Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post  | By Yasmine Hafiz
Posted: Updated: 

POLLUTION

The World Council of Churches, which represents over 500 million Christians in more than 110 countries, has decided to divest from fossil fuels, reports The Guardian.

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The Unitarian Universalist Association Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

June 28, 2014

For more information, contact:
UUA’s Public Relations Director
(617) 948-4386 (office)
pr@uua.org

BOSTON–Delegates at the 2014 General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) meeting in Providence, RI, today passed a resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies in the UUA Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF).

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       FaCT-OV – FaCT of the Ohio Valley

Our affiliate, FaCT of the Ohio Valley [FaCT-OV], serves Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties in Ohio and Brooke, Marshall, and Ohio Counties in West Virginia. FaCT-OV meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. at the Ohio Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellaire, OH.  For more information, please contact Pat Jacobson at: Patnjake@sprynet.com

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EnerGreen pulls lease request for site in eastern Ohio

The dispute over EnerGreen 360′s plan to develop a site in the East Ohio Regional Industrial Park in Barnesville has been resolved, with the company agreeing to withdraw its lease request, reports the Times Leader in Martins Ferry.

The newspaper says EnerGreen’s plan called for the use of recycled earthen materials from the construction of oil and gas wells in the industrial park. The plan had drawn community opposition, but an EnerGreen executive said the decision to withdraw the request was based on the industrial park not fitting the company’s current business model due to site costs.

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For Baseline and Follow-up testing of your water wells, be sure that you are using ONLY Ohio EPA Certified Testing Labs.  Follow the Link below to a comprehensive list of certified labs:

(You should get Tier III Testing)

COMPREHENSIVE LIST of CERTIFIED LABS

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Statements of Conscience on Fracking and on the Environment:

(View or Download FaCT Mission/Vision Statement as a PDF)

(View ”FaCT’s Letter to Faith Communities” )

(View “Interfaith Otsego Resolution on Fracking in NY, Sept. 6, 2012″)

View Otsego Video

Faith and Fracking [From New York State - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - VERY INSPIRING]
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Fr. Neil Pezzulo:

(View or Download “Fracking: Contrary to the Common Good And Simply Bad Public Policy” as a PDF)

(View or Download “Episcopal Statement on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “A Catholic Brother on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “Catholic Nuns on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “Statements bearing on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “People of Faith Confront Hydrofracking” as a PDF)

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L I N K S

FEDERATED CHURCH OF CHAGRIN FALLS, OH

FIRST GRACE UNITED CHIRCH OF CHRIST, AKRON

JEWS AGAINST HYDROFRACKING

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST JUSTICE WEB

OHIO VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH in Bellaire, OH

BLESSING OF WATERS VIA SHALESHOCK

FRIENDS OF EUCLID CREEK

HIRAM CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF OBERLIN

FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH IN SHAKER HEIGHTS

WEST SHORE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF CHESTERLAND 

EAST SHORE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

FAIRMOUNT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

CONGREGATION KOL HALEV in UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH of KENT, OH 

CONGREGATION OHEV TZEDEK in BOARDMAN

ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH in PAINESVILLE 

CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRIES

 

 

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