The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, said the statewide initiative goes hand in hand with the efforts of the Whole Creation Community, a ministry that started at St. Paul's and has been expanded across the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. The ministry is a network of churches committed to fostering environmental stewardship.
Lindstrom said he hopes that praying for rain will spur Oklahomans to think about water conservation and the importance of caring for the natural resources God has provided.
“Prayer without action simply is a discussion with God. I truly believe prayer does lead to action. If we're truly praying, then we will act in accordance with what that prayer is about,” Lindstrom said.
Ferrella March, a St. Paul's member who leads the Whole Creation Community ministry, said the prayer partnership between faith and secular groups is needed despite recent precipitation.
“We know there's been rain here lately but not enough to sustain us through drought situations,” she said. “This is a good way to bring people of different faiths together on common ground.”
Other speakers at Monday's news conference included Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and state Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha.
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