It is with much celebration and support that the NC Council of Churches would like to share the success of Stephen Jurovics on his book “Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change”.
Steve is a member of NC Interfaith Power & Light’s Leadership Council and he affirms that his book aligns well with NCIPL’s mission because of its faith based approach to addressing climate change as a moral issue. Steve writes “Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change” seeks to fill the gap in religious and secular texts by providing both a compelling biblical case for action on climate change and by identifying substantive measures to mitigate climate change and how to achieve their implementation.”
Steve has been working on energy and environmental issues for the past 25 years of which 20 has been spent tying together biblical teachings and the importance of environmental action. In addition to serving on the North Carolina Energy Policy Council for six years his work has dealt mainly with improving the energy performance of buildings and assessing the impacts on electric utilities of stricter building and appliance standards.
Reverend Rodney Saddler, a widely published author and editor on issues of the enactments of justice in society based on biblical imperatives, had this to say about the book: “In addition to its competent presentation of the science of climate change… and its poignant call for a national movement to address this issue, it is also a fine assessment of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures that demonstrates why climate change is more than a “political” issue. It is a theological concern that is deep in God’s heart as Dr. Jurovics persuasively argues.”
Steve would welcome recommendations from NCIPL members and the surrounding community about other congregations that might consider beginning or continuing such talks.