Saturday, October 16, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Energy from Heaven?

Before moving to Marco Island ten years ago, I was a pastor in the DC area. My faith evolved over the years, from “How do I get my soul to heaven?” to “How can I participate in God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven?”

Caring for the earth is both joyful and holy work. It begins in the book of Genesis, where people, as divine image-bearers, are told to care for the earth the way a good king would care for a kingdom (Genesis 1:28-31), and take care of the earth as part of our human vocation (Genesis 2:15).

As a resident who takes that vocation seriously, I was thrilled to help launch Collier County’s first solar co-op.

Solar United Neighbors and the League of Women Voters, Florida, worked with local volunteers, like me, to launch our nonprofit rooftop solar co-op in January. Neighbors from around the county are learning how to save money, save the planet, or both, by going solar … 88 and counting have signed up already!

Together we reduce our costs and get top-quality technical support from Solar United Neighbors. It’s free, and better still, we’ve still got room for more participants before the sign-up deadline on April 19th. We’ve selected a well-qualified installer, and my site visit is scheduled for next week. I’m ready to shout “Hallelujah!”

If you’d like to help save the planet and save money in the process, I hope you’ll tap into some “energy from heaven” by becoming a co-op participant today at

Brian McLaren

Marco Island

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