The testimony of economic stewardship invites us to consider how we use our money:
Friends need to examine their decisions about obtaining, holding, and using money and other assets, to see whether they find in them the seeds, not only of war, but also of self-indulgence, injustice, and ecological disaster. Good stewardship of economic resources consists both in avoidance of those evils and in actions that advance peace, simple living, justice, and a healthy ecosystem.
All of us pay for the service of having electricity delivered to our Meeting houses and homes. Few, if any, of us are committed to the electricity being produced by polluting, carbon-emitting sources. And yet, until recently, if we wanted the service, it came with a high air pollution and greenhouse gas emission price. Thanks to recent advances in renewable infrastructure and technology, Friends and Friends Meetings now have the opportunity to mitigate the damage to the environment by shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. And hence, to take up the call of our own testimonies of Environmental and Economic Stewardship, as best we can.
As part of Friendly Households, the Eco-Justice Working Group of PYM is undertaking a brief survey among all Monthly Meetings within PYM to gauge the status of our energy sources and what our next steps should be. They have received information from many meetings and are compiling a report to share with the Yearly Meeting community.
We appreciate that Friends’ Meetings like Gwynedd and schools like Westtown, have already shifted to 100% renewable energy. We are inspired by their examples of using money to keep faith with the future. Through this survey, we will identify the forms of energy the rest of us currently use and what hurdles we must overcome in order to transition to renewable energy. We will determine what information is yet to be learned, which conversations are yet to be had and in what ways we can help each other, as Meetings, to take the actions aligned with our values.
Look for an update on our final report describing where we stand along with recommendations that will help us discern our way forward. For more information or to get involved contact Paula Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org