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NC Congregations Speaking Out on Climate Change

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Monday, February 4, 2013   

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Congregations in places of worship across North Carolina soon will hear a message about climate change. On Feb. 8-10, at least 36 places of worship in the state will participate in the fifth annual Preach-In on Global Warming, organized by the organization North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light.
Www.preachin.org lists some of them.

Religious leaders, including the Rev. Craig Schaub of the United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, will explain to their congregants why protecting the environment is a moral issue.

"Everything we can do to build a movement to stop what has been happening in terms of climate change, that's a prophetic call to all of us who are people of faith," Schaub said.

The website Climate Central recently reported that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States.

As part of the Preach-In on Global Warming, congregations will send postcards to President Obama reminding him of what they believe is a moral imperative to act to curtail global warming.

North Carolina is one of 38 states participating in this year's Preach-In on Global Warming. Citing weather events such as Hurricane Katrina and the recent wintertime tornadoes that swept across the country, Shaub said it is time to act.

"We've got more and more people across the globe - and, in fact, in our country - who are refugees of dramatic climate issues," he said.

More information on the Preach-In on Global Warming is available from Allison Scherberger by calling 919-522-6807 and at www.preachin.org.



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