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Natural SaintsHow People of Faith are Working to Save God's Earth$
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Mallory McDuff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379570.001.0001

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Creating Sacred Spaces

Creating Sacred Spaces

Energy Efficiency, Green Jobs, and Green Building

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Natural Saints

Mallory McDuff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how churches are redefining the creation of sacred space to reflect stewardship of the earth. The stories in this chapter include the initial steps taken by La Capilla de Santa Maria, a congregation of Latino immigrants in Western North Carolina, to promote energy efficiency, build a cob oven, and create a green jobs training program, and the green addition built by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The stories highlight the work of Interfaith Power and Light, a grassroots organization that provides a religious response to global warming. The lessons reveal how energy efficiency and green building can promote financial sustainability and social and environmental justice. This chapter also shows how green building can serve as a model in local communities and permeate the life of the church, reflecting religious values and spaces that draw people of faith closer to God.

Keywords:   churches, energy efficiency, global warming, green building, green jobs, immigrants, Interfaith Power and Light

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