We rejoice and invite you to rejoice with us!
We have two buildings, Carmel Cottage and Charlie's Place, that are heated year around with electric heat. As of Wednesday, September 14, 2016 their energy needs are being met with solar panels.
Our steps to reduce our use of fossil fuel coincide with the latest call of Pope Francis to all Christian Communities to "reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation." In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation he named care for our common home as a new spiritual and corporal work of mercy.
As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a "grateful contemplation of God's world" (Laudato Si, 214) which "allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us" (ibid., 85). As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires "simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness" and "makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world" (ibid., 230-31).
We are grateful to God that we are able to take this step. It helps us to live out our Chapter 2014 Direction Statement to engage in prophetic life giving choices and to live in right relationship. We pray that we continue to find many ways to hear and respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.