Solar panel projects as a prophetic voice
Along with many others, our churches are facing a fierce hike in heating bills this winter which focuses our attention on our dependency upon fossil fuels.
Some have already looked to make changes through air source heat pumps, and others, such as St Stephen’s, Norwich, are considering solar.
Hannah Emmrich of their Eco Church group explains, “We run a community café throughout the week, so it’s a really good case scenario for solar power, with high and consistent daytime electricity usage.” It’s a long and challenging process with many hoops to jump through, but Hannah sees it as an opportunity for the church to be a prophetic voice in the community too. “My hope is that as climate change becomes an ever more present pastoral and practical concern, we as churches can provide a space for people to channel some of the big emotions caused by this issue and enable more meaningful change.”
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