The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'The one thing all religions have in common is responsibility for caring for the earth.'

Sara Spoonheim, deputy director, Faith in Place, Chicago, and member, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Chicago

It was May, the world was in bloom and so was Sara Spoonheim. She had every reason to be. As deputy director of Chicago-based Faith in Place, an interfaith environmental organization, she had just come off an exhilarating week. And she sat in the spring sunshine to talk about it.

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Sara Spoonheim
For Spoonheim, the sun is more than a welcome source of warmth after a long Chicago winter. It’s a vital energy source. She helped her congregation, Resurrection Lutheran, be the first in Chicago to go solar and a suburban mosque become the first in the nation to have solar panels.

Spoonheim had spent most of the previous week in Washington, D.C., at the annual conference of Interfaith Power & Light, an organization with which Faith in Place is affiliated. IPL, which is active in 29 states, uses education and advocacy to mobilize a religious response to global warming.

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