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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Next FaCT Meeting: Sunday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.

Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, OH

 76 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH

Please join us!  Newcomers are encouraged to participate.

If ever there was a time for people of faith to stand up and be counted, this is it.

Nothing less than God’s Creation is at stake. 

 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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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.

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Attention Churches:  You may be approached to sign oil/gas drilling leases.  Just say “No.”

Shale Oil Drilling Targeting Akron Neighborhoods

Shale Oil Drilling Targeting Akron Neighborhoods

The shale oil and natural gas drilling rush in Ohio is now seeping into some Akron neighborhoods. Sixth Ward Akron City councilman Bob Hoch ( Hoke) tells AkronNewsNow several residents in his Ellet ward expressed their concerns at this week’s council meeting over more companies seeking drilling leases in their neighborhoods. Hoch says the drillers need a larger area of land to drill so they’re approaching churches in residential areas for the right to drill on their property.

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Wastewater company sues man for biblical anti-fracking billboard; defenders cite free speech

By: Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press

Posted: 08/20/2014 12:12 PM

This photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, and provided by Robert A. Franco, shows a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposing deep-injection wells . Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing local deep-injection gas wells is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on grounds he’s exercising his free speech. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco)

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael Boals, of Coshocton in eastern Ohio, contain false and defamatory attacks against its two wells, which dispose of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling.

The complaint by the company and Rodney Adams, who owns the land and operates the well site, contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards. The parties object to statements on two billboards along U.S. Route 36, including one that “DEATH may come.”

“The accusation that the wells will cause ‘DEATH’ is a baseless and malicious attempt to damage the reputations of the plaintiffs,” according to the complaint. “The billboards are also defamatory because they state or imply that Mr. Adams and Buckeye Brine are causing ‘poisoned waters’ to enter the drinking water supply.”

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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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LETTERS to EDITORS:

Father Pezzulo urges rejection of Ohio’s S.B. 310

Cincinnati Enquirer
Enquirer Opinions Page
312 Elm St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
May 16, 2014

Dear Editor:

I’m sure I was not alone in my horror at reading that the Ohio state legislators in Columbus,
during a late night session passed S.B. 310. This bill would essentially gut and destroy Ohio’s
energy efficiency and renewable energy standards which have been the law – a law which
has served the people of Ohio well since 2008. This law is helping Ohio move forward and
become a leader in job creation in the renewable energy field.

Why would something withproven benefits to Ohio citizens be destroyed? I simply do not understand
why we are going backwards and adopting regressive and punitive policies which will cost consumers,
many of whom live in rural economically deprived areas, substantially more money on their utility bills.
According to Ohio State University professors this will cost the average family to pay five
hundred dollars ($500) more each year on their utility bills. This could cost the average small
business three thousand dollars ($3000) annually.

These estimated costs do not even begin to mention the cost to the environment. Clean
renewable energy has been a hallmark in Ohio, creating more jobs locally than any other state
in the country. Billions of dollars have already been invested in renewable energy sources
in Ohio and much of that would be lost if S.B.310 was to move forward. There are 2.5 billion
dollars alone in wind energy projects ready to start up in Ohio. This will create jobs, tax revenue
and a cleaner more efficient energy source.

S.B. 310 will not help the average Ohioan and will have untold costs on the quality of the water,
the air and our own health. To continue down the same path we will simply be repeating the
same mistakes. We must learn from our past history. How many more water supplies do we
need to destroy in the name of energy independence, or alleged consumer demand? At what
point will we realize that we have misused or been bad stewards of God’s creation?
There is simply no benefit to S.B. 310; it reduces (eliminates) any and all initiatives for
conservation of energy for both the consumer and the producer.

Any tax breaks or serviceswhich could help a poor family save money will be lost if this insanity
is allowed to continueunchecked. Weatherization programs, free efficient light bulbs and many other
services now being offered by the utility companies themselves or a local community action agency will
cease to exist. Expenses will rise and the vulnerable among us will suffer disproportionally.

Enough is enough already. There is a responsible balance between job creation, tax revenue,
renewable energy and protecting the environment. How is it that people who are savvy
enough to get elected to important and responsible positions cannot look toward the Common
Good of all the people, and not simply towards lobbyists with lots of campaign donations?

Sincerely,
Fr. Neil Pezzulo
4085 Glenmary Trace
Fairfield, Ohio 45014

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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

Posted:

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

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

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF CHRIST – ECO JUSTICE

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 

 

 

 

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