Spiritual call for solar in Oklahoma

Pat Hoerth’s reflections on the Intefaith Prayer Vigil for Solar Power in Oklahoma.

Turtle Rock Farm

The day after the change
to Daylight Savings Time,
we gathered as Earth rolled up
and sun disappeared,
outside the Jim Thorpe building,
which houses the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
In less than a month—December 1—
the Commission will hold a hearing
about OG&E’s request to charge tariffs
for individuals and businesses
that use solar panels to create energy.
During an Interfaith Prayer Vigil
sponsored by the Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light,
the Oklahoma United Methodist Environmental Coalition
and the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House,
people from several faith communities
joined in prayer, readings and song.

DSCN8640Many earths  will be required
to support humanity if we don’t reduce our carbon footprint.

DSCN8637Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder standing by Earth
outside the Jim Thorpe Building

DSCN8642Bob Waldrop, of the Catholic Worker House, with Pope Francis

DSCN8647Mark Davies, co-chair of the Oklahoma Environmental Coalition
leads readings and introduces interfaith prayers

DSCN8654Chebon…

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About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming dean of the Wimberly School of Religion in 2002, he was associate dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and chair of the department of philosophy. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University.
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