Mountaintop Revival

February 28, 2008 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

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Mountaintop Revival

Local evangelical Christians join environmentalists in an unlikely union to fight mountaintop removal mining in Tennessee

by Rick Held

Pat Hudson gathers with a small group of Christian church leaders on a ridge overlooking a flattened mountain that was once higher than where they stand. On this trip to a “sacrifice zone” in the heart of Kentucky coal country, they have heard the dire statistics and the bleak stories of the area families whose faucets run with poison water, whose children suffer from breathing disorders, and whose homes no one will buy. But it is looking down on the moonscape that once was a lush Appalachian mountain that brings on anguish and tears, as unavoidable as if standing before the open casket at the funeral of a beautiful child. And as if at a funeral, Pat Hudson and her fellow Christians lean on their faith and each other and begin to sing “Amazing Grace.”

Pat’s pastor, John Gill, of Knoxville’s Church of the Savior, United Church of Christ, was also on the ridge that day to witness firsthand the after-effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining, which has been described as “strip mining on steroids.” Pat and her friend Dawn Coppock will never forget sitting in church the following Sunday, when from the pulpit John described what he saw and said simply, “This is sin.”

[continued at MetroPulse.com … http://metropulse.com/articles/2008/18_09/coverstory.html ]

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