Author conversation - with the Wisconsin Conference UCC Creation Care Team (2/2/23)
"Abraham and Sarah on Hospitality: Practicing Oak Ethics,"
sermon, October 23, 2022
"Spirit in Nature," sermon, June 14, 2020 (context: early pandemic times...)
At Weybridge Congregational Church, the beginning of worship every Sunday includes a Creation Care Moment. It is a time of reflection dedicated to our first calling as Christians to be caretakers of our common home.
ICAN is a collaborative effort of area faith communities to address matters of climate and the environment. “We are thrilled to be a part of the innovative Acorn Energy Solar 2 project,” says Rev. Daniel Cooperrider, a spokesperson for ICAN. “Working with Acorn Energy, we helped organize seven area faith communities to purchase solar panels, while raising funds to help the Addison County Parent Child Center purchase panels as well. We see the transition to renewable energy as an urgent matter of deep ethical and spiritual concern, and we chose to participate in Acorn Energy Solar 2 to give witness to our interfaith commitments to climate justice.”
WEYBRIDGE — Some religious leaders describe a “calling” that inspires them to take the pulpit of a church. The Rev. Daniel Cooperrider’s calling three years ago took him all the way to the top of Snake Mountain in Addison, as part of a hike with members of the Weybridge Congregational Church’s search committee.
For Daniel Cooperrider, pastor of the Weybridge Congregational Church, the climate crisis has spiritual roots. "If you dig a little deeper, carbon emissions have to do with our misplaced moral and spiritual values as a society..."