Fast from oil June 20

A group at the 2010 Duke Divinity Center for Reconciliation Summer Institute are calling for a fast from oil June 20, the two-month anniversary of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. See the Facebook page The BP Oil Spill: A Christian Call for Lament and Reconciliation for details.

They also have an online pledge to sign that asks people to commit to transforming "our lives as individuals and churches toward freedom from fossil fuels and reconciliation with all God’s creation."

The pledge suggests the following actions:

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  • Fasting from all food on Fridays except that which has been locally grown with methods that do not rely on petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Making every effort to take each Friday as a day when we do not drive but rather walk, bike, ride public transit, or carpool to school or work.

  • Praying for the transformation of our lives as individuals and churches toward freedom from fossil fuels and reconciliation with all God’s creation.

  • Continuing these practices until the oil spill has been cleaned up and the work of restoration of God’s creation in the Gulf has begun.

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