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Solar program aids Virginia parishes, schools as environmental stewards

aerial view of a church with solar panels

“It is the best of both worlds. We can save money and care for the environment,” said Father Jonathan Goertz, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Danville, one of the churches joining the effort.


Only God Should Move Mountains

By Nolen Nychay For Reverend Ryan Bennett, creation care is about encouraging environmental responsibility through the Biblical principles of stewardship. At Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn., Bennett uses the philosophy “love the Creator, love His creations” to discuss


New Vision

By Matt Grimley The sun is beating down on a mid-July afternoon in Philippi, W.Va., but that doesn’t stop Ruston Seaman and the youth mentoring group from playing ultimate frisbee. Their shouts — “Take your time!” and “Go left! Go


ARC Develops New Community Capital Bank to Invest in Appalachia

By Chelsey Fisher The Appalachian Regional Commission opened a new bank called Appalachian Community Capital in June to increase loans and other capital that small businesses in Appalachia receive. Industry analyses have shown that over the past several years, banks


How the Rest of the World Needs to Help Educate the U.S.

By Rev. Pat Watkins Several years ago, volunteers from a United Methodist Church traveled to a small village in Kenya where they observed that the women of the village were walking, twice a day with buckets on their heads, to


Thanks, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church!

Appalachian Voices recently had the honor of being inducted into the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church’s Share The Plate program, in which the church donates 50% of their quarterly tithings to a justice-related nonprofit. Our longtime field staff member Austin Hall


A Prayer for Tennessee Mountains

Our good friend and ally Pat Hudson of LEAF has very kindly allowed us to republish her words from Tennessee’s “40 Days of Prayer for the Mountains.” I really wanted to share these with everyone. Please take action to support


Rev Pat Watkins Sermon: Naked Vegetarianism

Naked Vegetarianism 12 September 2010 Lakeside UMC Genesis 1:1-3, 2:7 The purpose of today’s sermon is to reacquaint us with God in the role of creator. Genesis chapters 1-3 tell the story of God’s creation of the earth. God as


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