On July 21 the Sierra Club will show two films on the Gulf Oil Spill and what we can do about it.  Movie will be shown here at the church.  Stan has agreed to contribute the filing fee for obtaining the needed IRS tax exempt status.  We need the status to apply for the Kroger companies grant.  Jan is spearheading this effort.

Our refrigerator has started using very high amounts of electricity.  A recycling grant of $50 is available to the church if we replace it with an efficient model.

PotLuck was last night.  (Come the third Saturday of every month for dinner and a movie.

We lit a candle for Betty, who is still sick, one for Marco who is moving to California and a candle for the earth.

Mark Waite came to talk to us about Sustainable Reynoldsburg.  It is a new community group started by just six residents in Reynoldsburg in 2009.  Mark said it was a pair of long words that, even taken together are not terribly grand.    Yet, they are making changes.

The planning and development of suburbs such as Reynoldsburg Ohio was based on the belief that there were no serious limits to cheap fossil fuels and other natural resources.  The planners believed that our world will take all the greenhouse gas and pollution we throw at it.   They believed that national chains are an adequate substitute for locally-owned businesses  with a stake in the community.

Sustainable Reynoldsburg sees things differently and want to nurture a sense of community and take better care of our local and global environment.  The vision for the group is to foster a way for people to connect with each other to do good things.  They are trying to create a way for local residents to connect for practical action, positive discussion, and information to help make our community and homes resilient, liveable, and healthful into the future.

The “sustainable” movement is a wide variety of local groups.  Mark has worked in other countries and he said members of communities have common circumstances the world over.  Being a citizen is

In Candide by Voltaire, the hero travels the world over looking for perfection and ends up believing that working at home, as an individual, is important work.  What does it mean to be a member of the Reynoldsburg community?  This was the question also raised by David Soliday last week.  According to Mark, it is partly to extend love to those around us and to be politically engaged to achieve wider change.  What do we do in Reynoldsburg to affect climate change?  For one thing, every time we tromp on the gas pedal we use finite resources.

Being a citizen is inextricable from being a good environmental citizen.  Being a good citizen is being a good neighbor.  Being a good neighbor involves sharing resources.

Sustainable Reynoldsburg is a very small active group of local residents who asked what can be done to help the community be resilient.  As residents of Reynoldsburg (if only by church affiliation)  “they” becomes “we.”  We meet every 3 to 4 months.  We use the group to combine energies but have not done anything to cause great publicity to come upon us.

Safe routes to schools:  Anew initiate to help students walk and bike safely to school.  Each school has a transportation plan, bike safety training, safety enforcement.  Some schools start ‘walking schoolbuses.”  We hope to leverage this beyond children to get people to ask why is the community question always framed in terms of cost instead of value.

Livingston Community garden:  We are the motivating force behind this aspect of the city initiative to revitalize the Brice Livingston neighborhood.  In taking responsibility to lay out plots when the snow was still on the ground, we find that others enthusiastically follow.