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Faith in Place Springfield Trip

On  Thursday, May 2, 2013 a big, shiny bus will pull out of the parking lot at River Forest Methodist Church at 6:30 a.m. sharp.  Together with another busload of faithful citizens rolling out at the same time from a South Side location we will be on a faithful journey.  That’s right:  Faithful citizens on a faithful journey.  We’ll head for the Illinois State Capitol where we will encourage legislators to support a bill—SB2615—on hyrdraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) that will be precedent-setting regulation in the nation.

We hope you will be on the bus with us.

The bus will be filled with people who practice faithful citizenship—putting our faith into action.  Lots of different faiths .   Lots of action.  We’re going to Springfield to shape public policy on “fracking” in Illinois.  Did you know that fracking can go on in Illinois right now with little or no oversight?   Our friends at Faith in Place, the Illinois Environmental Council, the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, the National Resource Defense Council, the Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, among other leaders, have been at the table with industry leaders, state legislators and state agencies negotiating the best possible approach to this practice.  They’ve been at the table.  The bill has been crafted.  Now, it’s time for us to get on the bus in support of a precedent-setting, practical approach to fracking.

There’s a great song about commitment and action on page 116 of our Living Tradition Hymnal entitled:  “I’m On My Way.”  We might just sing that song on the bus on May 2nd.  We are on our way.  We invite you to be on your way, too.  The faithful journey of faithful citizens won’t be the same without you.

For more information visit the Social Mission table at coffee hour to sign up on the bus (it costs $50 for the round trip fare plus two meals).  If you have questions contact [email protected] or the people who will be at the Social Mission table on Sundays.


River Forest Methodist Church
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 6:30am