Holy Land Energy Vision Statement: A Movement For Clean Energy

Three religious communities in Kentucky’s “Holy Land” raise their voices in support of clean energy. Can you join us?

Three religious congregations jointly released an interfaith Energy Vision at a prayer ritual on Dec. 10.

Three religious congregations jointly released an interfaith Energy Vision at a prayer ritual on Dec. 10.

On Dec. 10, three Catholic religious communities released their new Energy Vision Statement at an interfaith prayer ritual in central Kentucky. Approximately 65 people gathered on the Boone family farm in New Haven, Ky. to celebrate and affirm the new Energy Vision, which has been signed by over 125 faith-based organizations and nearly 1000 individuals.

The ritual included the voices of leaders from many faith traditions, highlighting the common call to care for creation in all faiths. The Vision Statement co-authors read from the text itself, which calls people of faith to act on their convictions to protect earth from destructive resource extraction practices: “We commit ourselves to use our spiritual and social resources and our public credibility in all possible ways to promote the transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy resources.”

In a statement read at the service, farmer-activist Wendell Berry wrote: “Like mountain top removal, fracking and the Bluegrass Pipeline reveal our willingness not only to use without care or thanks a world we did not make, but to put it entirely at risk…in order to have things that we do not need but merely want.”

Watch the whole service here.

As a result of our experience with the Bluegrass Pipeline proposed to carry huge volumes of natural gas liquids (NGLs) through our area of central Kentucky, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the Loretto Community and the Sisters of Charity of Narazeth collaborated to formulate, sign, and publish this public statement of our religious beliefs and commitments regarding energy sources for our nation and our world. Our religious convictions lead us to reject all plans for expanded extraction of fossil fuel or infrastructures such as pipelines that require the plundering of God’s creation and the endangerment of human communities. We advocate instead for immediate regional and national plans for the transition to renewable sources of energy.

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We invite all communities of faith of all religious traditions to consider joining us in signing this public statement. We also welcome signatures from interested individuals, organizations, and committees.

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We are humbled and grateful that over 125 faith communities and organizations have signed the Energy Vision Statement. They are:

Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates
Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress

Loretto Community – Sisters and Co-members
Pearl McGivney, SL, President

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Associates
Susan Gatz, SCN, President

Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, OH
Sr. Jacquelyn Doepker, Community Minister

Congregation of Divine Providence
Leadership Team

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Antoinette Severin, Vice Provincial

Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, OH
Patricia Gardner, OSF, Congregational Treasurer

Ursulines of Brown County
Sr. Lucia Castellini, Congregational Minister

Ursulines of Youngstown
Sr. Norma Raupple, Leadership Team

Ursulines of Cincinnati
Margaret M. Efkaman, General Minister

Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Cincinnati, OH
Sr. Alice Gerdeman, Coordinator

Sisters of the Precious Blood, Dayton, OH
Community Council

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, KY
Leadership Team

Grail Movement Climate Action Circle
Marian Ronan, PhD, Coordinator

International Thomas Merton Society
Dr. Paul M Pearson, Resident Secretary

Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph
Sr. Sharon Sullivan, Congregational Leader

Franciscan Action Network
Patrick Carolan, Executive Director

CrossRoads Ministry, Louisville, KY
Dawn Dones, Director

Unitarian Universalists Community of Frankfort, KY
Ruby L Layson, Board Member

Congregation of Divine Providence
Sr. Frances E Moore, Provincial

UN NGO of the Good Shepherd Sisters
Winifred Doherty, NGO Representative to the UN, Good Shepherd Sisters

Drepung Gomang Institute
Geshe Kalsang Rapgyal, Director
Anne Walter, President of the Board of Directors

The Carmelite NGO
Sr. Helen Ojario, O. Carm., North American UN NGO Representative

UNANIMA International
Michele Morak, Coalition Coordinator

Loretto Earth Network
Nancy Wittwer, Coordinating Committee

International Presentation Association of the Sisters of the Presentation
Fatima Rodrigo

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office of the Comboni Missionaries, North American Province
John Converset, MCCJ, Director

Plowshares Farm Center for Education and Spirituality
Bob Ernst, Executive Director

Latin America/Caribbean Committee of the Loretto Community
Carolyn Jaramillo, Committee Member

Kairos: School of Spiritual Formation
Mary Etta King, Executive Director

Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic
Congregational Leadership Team

Fellowship of Reconciliation, Louisville Chapter
Patricia Geier, Chairperson

Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida

Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the B.V.M., US Province

Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes
Zenebe Abebe, Executive Director

New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future
Sr. Claire McGowan OP, Executive Director

Loose Leaf Hollow Retreat Center
Joe and Pam Zarantonello, Co-directors

Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, Justice and Peace Committee

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust
Hugh Archer, Executive Director

Mennonite Creation Care Network
Luke Gascho, Director

Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean
David Horvath, Chairperson

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Dubuque, Iowa
Teri Hadro, BVM, President

Paoli Mennonite Church, Paoli, Indiana
Pastor-Elder Team

Passionist Earth & Spirit Center
Fr. Joseph Mitchell, CP, President

Sisters of St. Francis, Savannah, MO
Sr. Christine Martin, OSF, Provincial Superior

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Sr. Esther Anderson, OSF, Congregational Minister

U.S. A.S.C. Region Office for Justice and Peace
Sara Dwyer, ASC, Coordinator

Memorial United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown, KY
Audrey Myers, Co-Chair, Creation Care Team

Lebanon Baptist Church, Lebanon, KY
David B. Whitlock, Pastor

Holy Cross International Justice Office
Mary Turgi CSC, Director

Sisters of Charity Federation
Caroljean Willie, SC, NGO Representative at the UN

Society of Helpers
Sr. Laetitia Bordes, S.H., Justice and Peace Coordinator

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Leadership Team

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Leadership Council

Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa
Pat Farrell, OSF, Vice President

Lexington Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Betsy Neale, Presiding Co-clerk

Louisville Jewish Voice for Peace
Russ Greenleaf, Member

Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community
Leadership Team

Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross
Leadership Team

Sisters of the Presentation
Sr. Stephanie Still, PBVM, President

Bridgeport Christian Church, Frankfort, KY
Keith P McAhley, Pastor

Green Chalice Ministry, Christian Church of KY (Disciples of Christ)
Annette Hayden, Coordinator

Whole Health Outreach
Sr. Rita Schonhoff, Director

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office of the School Sisters of Notre Dame- Atlantic-Midwest Province
Arlene Flaherty OP, Director

St. William Peace and Justice Committee, Louisville, KY
Theresa Butler, Chair

Dominican Sisters
Eileen Gannon, OP, Executive Team Member

The Renewal Project
Marty Ostrow, Producer

Crystal Spring Earth Learning Center, Plainville, MA

Sowers of Justice Network
Doug Lowry, Board Member

Cultivating Connections, Louisville, KY
Mark Steiner, Director

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Owensboro
Tom Hicks, President
Rev. Dr. Claudia A. Ramisch, Minister

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
S. Maureen Hall, Community Director

Nazareth Village II, Nazareth, KY
Alida Coughlin, Resident

Franciscan Friars (OFM), St. John the Baptist Province, JPIC Office
Sr. Donna Graham, OSF, Director

Center for Interfaith Relations, Louisville, KY

Threshold Society, Louisville, KY
Camille and Kabir Helminski, Co-Directors

Leadership Team of Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg, In
Sr. Maureen Irvin, OSF, Congregational Minister

ROW (Religious on WATER)
Joan Carey, ssj, Secretary

Suzanne Golas, csjp, Director

Simple Gifts Spiritual Community, Frankfort, KY
Joyce Hudson, Clerk

Marianites of Holy Cross Leadership Team
Sr. Ann Lacour, Congregational Leader

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Sr. Patricia McDermott, RSM, president

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
Suzanne Golas, csjp

Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Yardley, PA
Diane Bardol, GNSH, Social Justice Coordinator

Sisters of St. Joseph Earth Center
Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ, Director

Sierra Club, Cumberland KY Chapter
Betsy Bennett, Conservation Chair

Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, Seattle, WA
Judy Byron, OP, Director

Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, Seattle, WA
Linda Haydock, SNJM, Director

Genesis Farm
Sr. Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, Director

Heartland Farm
Marilyn Pierson, OP, Contact Person

Fons Vitae, Louisville, KY
Gray Henry and Lucy Jones, Directors

Midway Green Chalice, Midway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Adele Dickerson, Chair

Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Leadership Team

Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light
Mark Steiner, Outreach Director

Peace and Justice Division of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky
Rev. Dr. Mary Abrams

James Lees Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky
Rev. Phil Lloyd-Sidle, Pastor

Louisville Peace Action Community
Judy Munro-Leighton, Co-Chair

Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East
Polly Johnson, Chairperson

The Hermitage Community of Three Rivers, Michigan
Naomi and David Wenger, Co-Directors

Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey
Leadership Team

Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell, NJ
Leadership Team

UN/NGO – Dominican Leadership Conference
Margaret Mayce, NGO Representative

Austin Heights Baptist Church Earth Care Ministries
Rev. Kyle Childress, Pastor

Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Fr. Terrence J. Moran, Director

Dominican Sisters of Hope and Associates, Ossining, NY
Bette Ann Jaster OP, Councilor for Mission Animation

Earth Council of the Dominican Sisters Committed Collaboration

Little Sisters of the Assumption
Sr. Annette Allain, Provincial

Earth Consciousness Committee, Dominicans of Hope, Ossining, NY
Nancy Erts, OP Coordinator

Sisters of Mercy NyPPaw, Buffalo, NY
Sister Natalie Rossi, NyPPaW Leadership Team

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur – Chesapeake Unit
Denise Curry SNDdeN, Justice and Peace Coordinator

Adrian Dominican Sisters
Christopher Matthias, Program Coordinator for Justice and Peace

Sisters of Mercy South Central Community
Leadership Team

Society of the Holy Child Jesus, EcoSpirituality Group
Terri MacKenzie, SHCJ, Chair

Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center
Sr. Janet Weyker, OP, Executive Director

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family in Mission
Maria Lugo, Program Coordinator

Leadership Team, Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, Central Province
Mary Ann Dooling, osu, Provincial Councilor

Bronx Grail, Bronx, NY
Sharon Joslyn, Community Liaison

Maryknoll Sisters, Eastern USA
Sr. Mary Ann Smith, MM, Social Concerns

Leadership Team, Sisters of Charity – Halifax
M. Roberta Kerins, SC, Congregational Councillor

Sœurs de Sainte-Croix/Sisters of Holy Cross, Saint-Laurent, Québec
General Administration

Wheaton Franciscans, Wheaton, IL
Sr. Diane Przyborowski, OSF, Provincial Directress

School Sisters of Notre Dame, Office of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation, Central Pacific Province

IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan
Leadership Council

New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light (NMIPL)
Joan Brown, osf, Executive Director

Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Ecology Office

Provincial Council, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province

Earth Care Team, Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, IA

Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation, Sisters of Charity, New York
Carol De Angelo, SC, Director

Religious Organizations Along the River (ROAR), Hudson Valley Bioregion, NY
Carol De Angelo, SC, on behalf of ROAR

General Council, Adrian Dominican Sisters

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY
Molly Rapp, Clerk of Session

Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity of New York

Congregation of Notre Dame, Blessed Sacrament Province, USA

Congrégation de Notre Dame, Montreal, Quebec
Congregation Administration

Mercy Ecology
Mary Pendergast, RSM, Director Sisters of Mercy Northeast Ecology

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