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2 Unitarian Universalist Association Reports from the St. Lawrence District, the Joseph Priestly District and the Ohio-Meadville District Fracking: States in Emergency: UUs & Other Faith Communities Respond

3 St. Lawrence District - 34 Congregations in northern and western New York State The Rev. Dick Gilbert

4 Joseph Priestly District - 67 Congregations in eastern Pennsylvania, D.C. area, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, & N. Virginia The Rev. Nate Walker - UUPLAN

5 Ohio Meadville District - 44 Congregations in eastern 2/3 of Ohio, Western Pensylvania, and West Virginia Vanessa Pesec, NEOGAP + Ron Prosek- East Shore, Kirtland, OH

6 Running the Tech for this Webinar: The Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, Ohio-Meadville District Executive

7 Facilitator for this Webinar Ron Prosek, East Shore UU Church, Kirtland, OH & Convener, Faith Communities Anti-Fracking Network (Ohio)

8 Topics To Be Covered Each district will present: The Status of Fracking in the district. Activists’ Responses & what has worked and what hasn’t. UU & Other Faith Community Responses & what has worked and what hasn’t.

9 Discussion & Questions Discussion among the Presenters Questions from the Audience Wrap-Up Brief closing comments from the presenters

10 St. Lawrence District - 34 Congregations in northern and western New York State The Rev. Dick Gilbert

11 Joseph Priestly District - 67 Congregations in eastern Pennsylvania, D.C. area, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, & N. Virginia The Rev. Nate Walker - UUPLAN

12 UU State Advocacy Networks Eleven states organizing 82,911 Unitarian Universalists in the U.S. 1.Membership Growth: Our state networks bring new members to Unitarian Universalist congregations. 1.Moral & Spiritual Growth: Our advocacy programs deepen congregants’ spirituality and identity and deploy Unitarian Universalist values to measurably impact states and federal legislation. 1.Partnership: We are proud to provide a cumulative structure for deepening individual and congregation collaboration.

13 Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network Serving 6,000 UUs in 40 congregations throughout the state

14 Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network Northwest 5 Southwest 8 Central 3 Capital 6 Northeast 6 Southeast Erie 19 Girard 124 Meadville 0 Reno 32 Ginger Hill 157 N. Hills 103 Allegheny 446 Pittsburgh 197 S. Hills 50 E. Surburban 12 Smithton 49 Ligonier 71 Indiana 225 State Cllg 28 J. Priestley 113 Northumbld 53 Gettysburg 155 Boiling Sp 407 Harrisburg 248 York 520 Lancaster 175 Reading 59 Poconos 52 Wyoming 93 Brooklyn 7 Towanda 44 Athens 229 Lehigh Valy 47 Pottstown 143 Wellsprings 181 West Chestr 104 Thms Paine 614 Mainline 278 Media 206 BuxMont 67 Lower Bucks 78 Restoration 297 Germantwn 218 1stU Philly 280 Members 1085 Members 366 Members 1558 Members 484 Members 2233 Members Serving 6,000 UUs in 40 congregations throughout the state

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17 Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network

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19 One More Step… Organizational Development 501(c)3 UUPALM 501(c)4 UUPLAN Financial leverage Outreach Coordinator Technological infrastructure Databases Strategic PlanningLeadership Development Effective Advocacy

20 One More Step… Organizational Development 501(c)3 UUPALM 501(c)4 UUPLAN Financial leverage Outreach Coordinator Technological infrastructure Databases Strategic Planning Learn from state networks: best practices Governance: roles & responsibilities Coalition building Leadership Development Effective Advocacy

21 One More Step… Organizational Development 501(c)3 UUPALM 501(c)4 UUPLAN Financial leverage Outreach Coordinator Technological infrastructure Databases Strategic Planning Learn from state networks: best practices Governance: roles & responsibilities Coalition building Leadership Development OMD and JPD Assemblies Regional visits in Southwest, Capital, Southeast regions Next: NW, NE, Central Spokesperson training Effective Advocacy

22 One More Step… Organizational Development 501(c)3 UUPALM 501(c)4 UUPLAN Financial leverage Outreach Coordinator Technological infrastructure Databases Strategic Planning Learn from state networks: best practices Governance: roles & responsibilities Coalition building Leadership Development OMD and JPD Assemblies Regional visits in Southwest, Capital, Southeast regions Next: NW, NE, Central Spokesperson training Effective Advocacy Regular education Regular witnessing Impact on legislation Regular media Deepening spirituality Growth

23 Connect Educate MinistryAdvocacy Growth

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25 Ohio-Meadville District

26 State of Fracking in Ohio

27 Ohio-Meadville District How Have Activists Responded? State Level Efforts / Actions:  Proposed SB 196 (NEOGAP and Grendell) - Would have been Real Reform  But, Legislature adopted SB A Sham  Legislature passed HB 133, drilling now allowed in state parks – A disgrace! allowed in state parks – A disgrace!

28 Ohio-Meadville District How Have Activists Responded? Organizing Locally

29 Ohio-Meadville District How Have Activists Responded ? Local Strategies:  Educate landowners NOT to sign any leases.  Help citizens work with local elected leaders to implement ORDINANCES and/or RESOLUTIONS to say “No” to Fracking.  Work with local elected leaders to TAKE BACK local control over ZONING through legal challenges.

30 Ohio-Meadville District How Have Activists Responded ?  Scores of local meetings - showings of Gasland and “Leasing Meetings” around the state.  Significant increase in media coverage & more general awareness of the issue.  Yellow Springs, OH educated neighbors, pushed out seismic testing / drilling company.  Bans on Township and Village property in three locations.

31 Ohio-Meadville District How Have Activists Responded ? Evolving Strategy:  Move toward community-rights-based ordinances to ban fracking.  Includes the concept that Nature itself has rights.

32 How Have Faith Communities Responded? Ohio-Meadville District Establishment (in Ohio) of FACT-Faith Communities Together - 4 Frack Awareness Initiated by UUs & UCCs in N.E. Ohio & joined by Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, and others Meeting monthly since June, 2011 Includes 15 faith communities Continued-->

33 How Have Faith Communities Responded? Ohio-Meadville District Establishment (in Ohio) of FACT-Faith Communities Together - 4 Frack Awareness Now includes 6 different faith traditions Now includes 6 eastern Ohio counties

34 FACT-Faith Communities Together - 4 Frack Awareness Ohio-Meadville District MISSION 1.Educate faith communities not to lease parish lands for fracking 2. Educate members of faith communities NOT to lease their own personal land for fracking 3. Educate the general public Continued-->

35 FACT-Faith Communities Together - 4 Frack Awareness Ohio-Meadville District MISSION (Cont’d) 5. Work to promote water, air, and soil protection, energy conservation, and a rapid transition to renewables 4. Work to end the exploitation of workers and landowners, many of whom are disadvantaged and impoverished


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