In Native American spiritualities, the sun is a powerful and revered symbol. It is a provider of warmth and light, a force that makes crops grow, and a source of healing and peace.
The sun can also be harnessed as a clean, renewable energy source. As solar panels become more affordable, and as awareness grows about the unsustainability of fossil fuels, more households and houses of worship are asking: Should we go solar?
On Wednesday, November 19, Michigan IPL led a half-day “Solar Sojourn” from metro Detroit to the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Ann Arbor and the First Presbyterian Church of Saline.
At the churches, participants had the opportunity to talk with congregants, pastors, and solar contractors about how they made their solar projects a reality.
On the bus rides, Rev. Peggy Garrigues (United Methodist Churches in Clawson and Berkley) and Sr. Paula Cathcart (IHM, Co-Organizer of Great Lakes Bioneers – Detroit) shared their reflections on the intersections between faith and the commitment to care for Earth.