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WYO “Sacred Ground” Transcends Stereotypes

June 19, 2008

Cody, WY – Faith-based organizations and environmental groups in Wyoming historically had kept a distrustful eye on one another, but that point of view changed last fall for many of them. A conference, called "On Sacred Ground," brought the groups together to discover they have quite a bit in common, in terms of their commitment to environmental and conservation issues.

Their story is part of a new report from the Sierra Club that tracks the growth of the spiritual environmental movement, with examples from religious groups in every state. Reverend Warren Murphy, with the Wyoming Association of Churches, says since last year's meeting, a new spirit of cooperation has led to churches switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, starting ambitious recycling projects, and tending community gardens.

"In Wyoming, there are more and more folks who want the churches to make this part of their ministry, and this is their way to do it."

Report coauthor Lyndsay Moseley is the Sierra Club's faith partnerships coordinator. She says the report shows the diverse ways people of faith have become involved in, and passionate about, advancing solutions for an increasingly crowded and polluted planet.

"It also includes green worship services, and sermons being preached from the pulpit on stewardship of creation as a biblical mandate."

The report notes that faith-based involvement is diverse, and contains examples of everything from solar panels on church rooftops, to Christian university students choosing to pay higher fees so their campus could use 100 percent wind-generated power. "Faith in Action" is available online at

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WY