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Groups urge Oklahomans to pray for rain

Leaders with the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Oklahoma Conference of Churches and the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma's Whole Creation Community ministry gathered at the state Capitol to discuss the launch of a statewide initiative to encourage Oklahomans to pray for rain.
by Carla Hinton Published: April 23, 2013

/articleid/3796074/1/pictures/2030625">Photo - The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma city, speaks at an Oklahoma Interfaith Days of Prayer for Rain event at the state Capitol.  Photo By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN - Oklahoman</strong>
The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma city, speaks at an Oklahoma Interfaith Days of Prayer for Rain event at the state Capitol. Photo By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman PAUL HELLSTERN - Oklahoman

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.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Interfaith Prayer for Rain Service

When: 6 p.m. May 1.

Where: Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

For information: Clay Pope, 699-2087; Oklahoma Conference of Churches, 525-2928; Whole Creation Community page on Facebook.

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