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The Episcopal Ecological Network is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church.  Members come from the provinces of the Episcopal Church USA.  The activities of the Episcopal Ecological Network are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action.  This page a resolution you may wish to use with your environmental organization.
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The following was passed by the 211th General Assembly
of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A. ) in 1999:

On Global Warming

The 211th General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

1. Call[s] again upon the United States Senate to ratify the Kyoto Protocol;

2. Urge[s] the U.S. Administration and Congress to devise, fund, and implement plans that aim well beyond the still very inadequate targets of the Kyoto Protocol;

3. Direct[s] the Presbyterian Center in Louisville and all other properties of the General Assembly to minimize their use of fossil fuel energy, and to urge all middle governing bodies and local congregations to do the same;

4. Direct[s] the Office of Evangelism and Church Development in the National Ministries Division to review and perfect, as necessary, its implementation of the 202nd General Assembly (1990) recommendation: "In guidelines for construction and renovation of church buildings and in the criteria for grants or loans for such purposes, set specific standards for fuel conservation and energy efficiency . . ."

5. Direct[s] the General Assembly Council, through the Environmental Justice Staff Team and other program areas as appropriate, to identify, prepare as necessary, and promote educational and program materials to help Presbyterians to examine the basic spiritual and systemic causes of the nation's failure to respond to global warming and other critical human and environmental concerns in ways commensurate with the urgency of the need, the danger, and the opportunity that these concerns represent. …The materials, in their educational, programmatic, and evangelistic uses, will seek to help people of faith in the following ways:

  • a. Regarding ecology: To understand the effects of mounting human numbers, affluent lifestyles, and excessive, unsustainable development upon the protective atmospheric mantle, other natural systems, and vulnerable people.
  • b. Regarding lifestyles: To appreciate and accept the imperative, the practicalities, and the satisfactions of lifestyles characterized by sufficiency and responsible frugality within communities of mutual support and sharing.
  • c. Regarding idolatries: To resist the ancient yet distinctively contemporary idolatries, such as those of power and wealth, that contradict the call of Christ to self-giving service and an ultimately loyalty to him alone.
  • d. Regarding economics: To participate in the conceptualization of, and movement toward, economic arrangements-local and regional, as well as national and international-whereby all persons may participate as able and gifted in work needing to be done and the sufficient sustenance made available, without degrading the atmosphere or otherwise undermining the integrity of God's creation.
  • e. Regarding politics: To participate in the political arena for the revitalization of our democratic institutions to make them effective instruments for protecting against excessive concentrations of power and equitably redistributing access to the sustenance of earth intended by the Creator for all.