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Immanuel Baptist and the changes in the climate

On October 8, the International Panel on Climate Change released a report that summarized the findings of thousands of scientists from over 120 countries. The report delivered earth-shattering news that unless we make dramatic changes in the way that we live on this planet by 2030, we will likely reach a point of no return, forever harming the environment in ways that threaten human existence.

Somehow, this report was received as just another political football and was soon buried under headlines around the ridiculous barrage of tweets and name-calling that passes for government now.

It is mind-boggling to me that such a report has not shaken us all to the very core and shifted our priorities to reflect this imminent reality. I am grateful, however, to serve as the minister at Immanuel Baptist Church on Park Avenue, where that shift has been made.

Upon prayerful reflection and discussion, we are resolved to intentionally multiply our efforts toward environmental stewardship, not only as individuals but also as a neighborhood church.

Already, we encourage folks to walk or bike to services and events in our space. In the next few months, we will be researching such things as installing a charging station for electric cars in the parking lot, adding solar panels to the roof, and inviting local experts in to speak on environmental topics.

As people of faith, we embrace the wisdom of the scientific world, and we will be intentionally doing our part to reclaim a respectful and healing relationship to our shared earth.

If anyone has thoughts on how our church building can be used to model sustainability for others, we would love to hear your ideas.


What's next at the Port?

On the announcement that the city is seeking new proposals for development at the Port of Rochester: When I see new construction, I'm amazed at how fast these buildings go up. But if the wrong thing is in the wrong place, a failed structure can languish for years. No need to cite examples.

With this small piece of land that probably should be developed into something, what we don't want in a few years is a failing, subsidized embarrassment that nobody can afford to demolish.

This time, maybe we should instead go small. It's better to try something and learn what works. We want the next iteration to be based on knowledge from actual experience.