Rev. Jeffrey Mays, pastor of Christ Congregation in Princeton, NJ, has long preached about the importance of taking care of the Earth.
It's little surprise then, that he
is especially pleased with his
congregation's decision to install solar panels on the roof of the church, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the American Baptist Churches, and the Alliance of Baptists
According to a statement on the church's Web site, church members believe that it is part of their jobs as Christians to use the Earths' resources responsibly.
Part of that job means relying on renewable energy sources such as solar instead of rapidly diminishing fossil fuels.
"It's the difference between being responsible, and acting like we are the owners of the Earth and can do whatever we want with it," says Mays
Their advice played a key role in steering the church toward its own solar solution, Mays
"We are all very happy with this system," says Mays
"In light of all the news on global warming, in light of the issues surrounding petroleum and energy, we decided it would be beneficial not only to us, but, in some small way, to the larger community and to the world, if we would seek alternative ways of generating such things as electricity.
"We are here for a short time on this planet," continues Mays
"But we are here only as stewards of creation.
It is our call, our mission, and our responsibility as people of faith to try to live that out.
It is our responsibility in some way to benefit coming generations."
The best news, as far as Mays
is concerned, is that several other local churches have either installed, or are considering installing, solar panels in their own houses of worship.
"I hope other churches and other non-profit organizations will consider this," he
"There is an opportunity to recoup some of the costs, and that makes this very much less of a financial burden to install these panels," says Mays