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As people from faith traditions, we believe hydro development has deep spiritual dimensions. Mixed in with the benefits and harms of Manitoba's hydro system are various spiritual implications.
We believe an element of sacredness flows in every river. All life depends on water, and both life and water are gifts from the Creator God. When a river is dammed or its natural course changed, its God-given sacredness is compromised. As riverbanks erode unnaturally, so do the spirits of all living beings that depend on the river. As shorelines erode so do spirits of those who depend on the electricity from those rivers. As dams sever the connectedness of river life, they also sever the sacred connections between people and the Creator God.
For us, this loss of sacredness is more a matter of lament than judgment. As people from faith traditions we believe faith should not be used as fuel for judgments about right and wrong but rather as a path to healing and wholeness.
We hope the following reflections assist in the exploration of these questions. More material will be added in the near future.
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Excerpt: By conducting the inquiry [the churches] are saying that if kilowatts of power flow between peoples at either end of the transmission lines, there should also be a flow of understanding and
Excerpt: What if the cracks around our church windows are letting the Holy Spirit out as they let the winter cold in? What if the energy-sucking light bulbs in our sanctuaries are casting an unholy glow on our otherwise holy Scriptures? Read more.