National Catholic Reporter: Preach-in asks: Spend Valentine’s Day loving Creation

Feb 18, 2014 | National Press Clips, What's New

by Sharon Abercrombie  |  Feb. 14, 2014

Forget about the roses and chocolates this weekend. Instead, “make God your Valentine” urges the Rev. Sally Bingham, an Episcopal priest and president/founder of Interfaith Power and Light, based in San Francisco.

In a Feb. 2 homily, Bingham asks people to move beyond their personal selves for the three days, and flip the meaning of a commercially driven holiday filled with lacy greeting cards, posies and sweets by “doing something to restore our fragile island home.”

A few of her recommendations: “Go for a walk in the woods and see the wonder that is outside of the stores. Plant a tree, pick up trash on the beach, make a commitment to no longer use plastic bottles, screw in a few [compact fluorescent] light bulbs.”

Her urgings come from part of a sermon she presented a couple of weekends ago to set the tone for Interfaith Power and Light’s annual National Preach-in on Climate Change, which began Friday and continues through the weekend.

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