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What the Churches are Saying about Transportation

Christian Churches

A Challenge to Change  

“The American people, beginning with members of our churches, must be challenged to form personal habits consistent with the need to cut back on the emissions of the gases that are causing the greenhouse effect and the depletion of the ozone layer. This means energy conservation and cutting back on the use of fossil fuel energy. It means avoiding foams made with CFCs and making sure that CFC-based coolant is not released when air conditioners are serviced.”

Presbyterian Church USA, Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice


Encountering Christ in All Places

“What difference would it make for congregations to reconsider when Sunday worship begins and ends… if we imagined that the gathering rite begins on our way to church, and the sending concludes after we arrive home?  If we walk, bicycle, take public transportation, or carpool, how do these forms of transportation offer opportunities to ‘encounter Christ in all the places life leads?’  Can we, in fact, encounter Christ in strangers on the bus or the sidewalk, birds in the air, or trees by the road?”

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Web of Creation


Dominion is not Domination

“Genesis 1:26-28 states that human beings are created in God’s ‘image and likeness’ and given dominion over all other creatures. ‘Dominion’ does not mean ‘domination,’ but refers to the need for humans to exercise responsibility for the earth as God’s representatives.”

Episcopal Church, A Catechism of Creation


An Affordable Energy Future

"A transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources will combat global warming, protect human health, create new jobs, and ensure a secure, affordable energy future."

United Methodist Church, Energy Policy Statement


Our Choices Affect the Voiceless

“Poor communities and communities of color will disproportionately suffer the unjust consequences of our choices. And now, we realize more every day that our choices threaten the voiceless natural systems that sustain all of life itself.”

United Church of Christ, Environmental Ministries

Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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