Shuck and Jive

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Presbyterians and Peak Oil

The General Assembly will debate on the floor of plenary ordination standards and marriage today. Ordination at two p.m. (3 pm Eastern) and marriage at 7:30 (8:30 Eastern). You can watch the action on the GA webpage and join the Peanut Gallery Advisory Delegates on Twitter (#ga219).

I hope that this General Assembly will say yes to ending discrimination against gay and lesbian people and yes to approving marriage for gay and lesbian people. It is way past time.

Maybe then we can deal with other important issues such as the collapse of global civilization.
This afternoon and evening the assembly will act on reports from the two committees dealing with issues of social justice and ecological justice. That is a start.

I am going to post more on this but I am seriously wondering if we will have even have a General Assembly in two years.

My Thursday group just watched an interview with
Richard Heinberg, senior fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and author of
The Party's Over, Peak Everything, Powerdown, and Blackout.

He is one of the foremost educators regarding Peak Oil.
Are enough Americans facing reality?

Here is an excellent lecture by Richard Heinberg on Peak Oil. A good investment of an hour of your time:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

I have to say, it is discouraging that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) does not address Peak Oil. If they have and I missed it, please let me know.

There are bright lights, however. Former moderator, Rick Ufford-Chase, gets the importance of
waking up:

Elder Rick Ufford-Chase, Moderator of the 214th General Assembly (2004), said care for the earth is no longer an issue on the fringe, but is now “legitimately the beginning of a movement.”

The signs are that the fringe “has moved to the center,” he said. “God’s spirit is at work and the wave is beginning to crest....”

....He said 20 years from now, the concerns of Presbyterians for Earth Care and other like groups will prove to be the most critical issues of the church.
These issues are most critical now whether we realize it or not.


  1. I agree on both counts - that we need a definitive decision on the side of justice at last, and we also need to turn out attention to arguing about true life-and-death issues like ecology and our doomed world economy (as well as other interconnected things like poverty and war).

  2. Thanks, Doug. I think when we really start feeling the stresses the church will need to stand for peace and justice in regards to how we deal with wars over diminishing resources. We clergy will have a serious role to play.