Steve Eriksen at Pasco Hearing. Photo by Tomás Madrigal.
Steve Eriksen, Kennewick, Pastor UCC, & board of directors PNW conference
Hello, my name is Steve Eriksen, and I live in Benton County, and I’m the pastor at the United Church of Christ and I am also on the board of directors of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. Earlier this year our conference was asked to consider a resolution from our justice and witness committee opposing the construction of coal export terminals and the transport of coal via trains from Montana and Wyoming to these terminals. Our board passed this resolution unanimously and we brought it to our annual meeting and it was passed unanimously by our annual meeting, which consisted of representatives from all of our churches.
I want to read just one paragraph from the resolution, then submit the resolution to the record:
“We are creatures beloved of god. Just as other creatures are. When we as christians are called to love god, love our neighbor, and love ourselves, we include as our neighbors, everyone in the communities along the railroad tracks from Wyoming and Montana to the proposed ports on the coast, the people in Asia, where the coal will be burned and the air pollution will be the worst and all of the citizens of the globe affected by the worsening effects of climate change, drought, flooding, fires and intense storms.”
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