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Ask Costco to "Mind the Store"

Costco products are a staple in congregational life. Affordable housewares help furnish houses of worship, bulk-sized cleaning products keep supply closets full, and a wide selection of organic food provides for many a church potluck and parish coffee hour.  Although known as a responsible Northwest company,…
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Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point, Protected for Good

Lummi Nation applauded Commissioner Goldmark and the Department of Natural Resources for honoring the tribe’s request to protect the lands of Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point, by adding 45 acres of aquatic lands to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. Lummi was determined to protect this area permanently…
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Fall 2016 Earth Letter

Responding to the call for religious communities to lead on climate justice, this issue of Earth Letter articulates an equitable path forward. When you hear that God’s creation is threatened by climate change, the image invoked needs to go beyond melting ice caps or suffering polar bears.…
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Victory in Longview: Coal Export Facility Defeated

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, announced that he is rejecting the aquatic lease permit for the Longview coal export terminal because the company refused to provide basic information about its finances after the bankruptcy of the previous owner, Arch Coal. For many…
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"No Faith in Oil" by Rev. Clendenin

Rev. Evan Clendenin of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, WA answered Earth Ministry’s request for a letter to the editor to his local paper during a critical week in the campaign to oppose an oil export terminal in Grays Harbor County. In a very…
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A Final NO to Oil in Grays Harbor

We’ve beaten 2 of the 3 oil proposals that were originally slated to be built on unstable ground in populated areas of Grays Harbor. Now it’s time for the City of Hoquiam, the final decision maker, to make the right decision and deny the shoreline permits for…
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Rev. Kathleen Patton Speaks at Longview Rally

Check out this amazing speech given by Reverend Kathleen Patton at a rally in Longview, October 24, 2016, at the Army Corps of Engineers hearing to review their recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal coal export facility: https://kathleenpattonblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/still-creating/Read More »

Comment on Coal Export in Longview, WA

The values that ground us as people of faith call us to prevent the pollution of the Columbia River River with what could be the nation’s largest coal export terminal. Not only that, but this moral faith foundation compels us to to stand up for impacted…
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Amidst Broad Community Opposition, Shell Anacortes Drops Plans for New Crude Oil-by-Rail

Two days after the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Shell has withdrawn its proposal to expand capacity at their Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes, meaning that we will NOT have 6 more oil trains coming through our communities every week. This victory…
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Pro Bono ENERGY STAR Verification!

Is your house of worship sustainable but not certified by the EPA? Here’s a great resource to have your efforts verified for FREE by a licensed architect, removing the barrier to becoming an ENERGY STAR building. Being ENERGY STAR certified shows that your building uses…
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