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Nantucket’s ‘Greater Light’ house holds clues to island’s Quaker past

It is an old family story that has become part of the island's lore.

In 1929, two bohemian sisters visiting this island about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod were driving up the cobblestones of Main Street when a herd of cows cut them off. On a whim, Hanna and Gertrude Monaghan decided to follow them.

After a couple of turns, the cows headed for an old barn behind a row of mansions built by Victorian-era ship captains. Between the horse trough, the hayloft and piles of cow and pig manure, the two sisters from Pennsylvania had a vision.

NY priest: Keep fracking out of our state

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After a winter like this past one, when it seemed like spring and its flowers would never come, the appearance of those first blossoms brought more than just relief -- it brought a reminder of the fragility of our beautiful natural world and our God-given mandate to safeguard it and those who live in it.

As Catholics, we are deeply committed to the belief in stewardship and sacred trust, and how these religious obligations extend not just to our fellow men and women, but to our earth.

Niagara Falls, fracking and the power of water

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I had the fun of being in Niagara Falls for a weekend at the end of May. I went there to sponsor an anti-fracking resolution for the state gathering of the 250 churches of the United Church of Christ in New York.

The resolution passed; it follows here. But what really happened is the falls -- falling, as they have done for a very long time. I was overwhelmed by Niagara’s beauty and rededicated myself to its preservation.

Differing sketches on energy ahead of World Environment Day

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The days leading up to United Nations World Environment Day have sketched energy contrasts across North America.

In the U.S., one state’s legislators successfully stalled clean energy initiatives; further south, a Caribbean island took a global spotlight as it moves toward generating a third of its energy from renewable, and primarily the sun.

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