Service a Bonding Of Faiths, Environment

April 25, 2010

Author: Isadora Vail

Source: Austin American-Statesman

In the heart of downtown Austin on Sunday afternoon, people from different faiths gathered near a small fountain and meditation labyrinth for a ceremony to deepen their commitment to the environment.

Organizers at the Austin Interfaith Environmental Network said about 80 Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists came to the courtyard of St. David's Episcopal Church for the first "Green by Faith" program. An interfaith worship service was followed by an environmental fair that included representatives from Capital Metro, Lighthouse Solar, Save Our Springs Alliance , TreeFolks and about a dozen others that set up booths with information.

Pastor Wynn Stenftenagel of Bethany United Methodist Church said that the service was about people of different faiths committing to be more environmentally friendly and that the fair helped them learn how to do more.