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Participate in Federal Coal Program Hearings

Creation Justice Ministries is seeking faith-filled people to offer peaceful presence as well as testify at public listening sessions about the federal coal program.  Let Us Know You're Attending.

Hi Supporter,

In the coming weeks, the Department of Interior is hosting a series of public listening sessions on the federal coal program, and one of those listening sessions is within driving distance for you: Casper (5/17), Salt Lake City (5/19), Knoxville (5/26), Pittsburgh (6/16), Seattle (TBA in June), and Grand Junction (6/23).

Faith community presence is desperately needed at these listening sessions. As people of faith, we offer a counternarrative to the loud voices that pit economic and ecological wellbeing against one another. Our faith teaches us that care for God's creation and care for our neighbors are moral responsibilities that go hand-in-hand. We also believe in showing our neighbors kindness and respect, even when we disagree. All these qualities will be so important at the upcoming hearings.

Download a Creation Justice Ministries fact sheet about the federal coal program review.

See the Department of Interior's information page about listening session guidelines, dates and locations. (The list updated as of May 13 is below. Please check the website for the most current information.)

Each listening session will last from 10:00am-4:00pm, with a one hour lunch break. People who want to testify must sign up for a time slot the morning of the listening session. Each person who testifies will be allowed three minutes to speak, and written testimonies will also be collected the day of the listening session. If you wish to join the conversation on social media, check the hashtag #ReformCoal.

Please let Creation Justice Ministries know if you plan to attend, either to offer a peaceful presence, or to testify. Thank you for considering using your voice for this important cause.

Grace and Peace,

Shantha Ready Alonso

Executive Director, Creation Justice Ministries



*as of May 13, 2016. Please check the DOI website for updates.

All public listening sessions will be 10:00am-4:00pm, with a one hour lunch break. At each site, people will be invited to deliver three-minute testimonies. Written copies of the testimonies will be accepted.

May 17, 2016      Casper Events Center
                            1 Events Center Drive
                            Casper, WY 82601

May 19, 2016      Salt Palace Convention Center
                            100 West Temple 
                            Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 26, 2016      Tennessee Theatre
                            604 S. Gay St.
                            Knoxville, TN 37902

June 16, 2016     Pittsburgh Convention Center
                            1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. 
                            Pittsburgh, PA 15222

June, 2016           Seattle
                            To be announced

June 23, 2016     Two Rivers Convention Center's Avalon Theatre 
                            645 Main St.
                            Grand Junction, CO 81501