From Appalachia to Alaska: Some Big Challenges

From September 1 – 8, I — Robin B — participated in the trip of a lifetime. Thanks to OVEC and an anonymous donor, I participated in the Presbyterians for Earth Care N-W Regional Conference titled “Seeing the Signs of the Times; A Practical Theology of Climate Change”; essentially this involved a ground tour of Alaska from Anchorage to the Fairbanks area. Traveling to Alaska was the biggest step away from “home” that I have ever undertaken. Little did I realize how my definition of the word “big” would be expanded by this journey.

Our Children Our Future Policy Workshops Coming Up Soon

Now is the time to get involved in the Our Children Our Future campaign to help bring an end to child poverty in West Virginia.  Environmental pollution, which brings negative health effects, and the rising costs of energy are directly linked to the problem of child poverty. The campaign has four upcoming Regional Policy Workshops, where community […]

Remembering Elinore Taylor

Elinore Taylor’s memorial service is Saturday, February 1 at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Huntington. Details here. Elinore Taylor left us January 12. I can’t remember a time when Elinore Taylor wasn’t associated with OVEC. If you go to our website and type in her name, you will find page after page of results. Elinore […]

#Forward on Climate ~ Fight Like Hell For the Living

Several OVEC members and staff are heading to Washington D.C. for the largest climate rally in history, happening this Sunday, February 17. If you can’t join us in person, please join the rally online. Hashtags in use for the rally include #forwardonclimate, #f17. With your tweets please include #(your zip code), so we get a […]

Finally, Some Measure of Justice

The first time I spoke with James Olbert, I was completely engaged by his story. He phoned me in my capacity with the West Virginia Council of Churches, wondering if there was anything we could do to help. A self-effacing, pleasant man, Mr. Olbert was obviously deeply distressed. His family cemetery had been purposely bulldozed […]

Let’s Talk Energy Ethics

Topping my list of things to be thankful for these days is the National Council of Churches’ (NCC) strong support for ending the ravages of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. The National Council of Churches, with an office located in DC, recently hosted an event called “Ecumenical Advocacy Days.” Of the more than 800 participants […]

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