The 36 solar panels point south from their perch on the roof of Cumberland First Baptist Church. At first blush, they seem like an unlikely nod to one of the most basic Christian tenets.
“There is a holy mandate to care for the earth, which God created and called good,” The Rev. Thomas Wyatt Watkins tells me, quoting from the Old Testament creation story.
As the pastor showed me the 9-kilowatt, photovoltaic array installed in October, Watkins said the church’s plunge into the world of alternative energy is tied to a faith concept called “Creation Care,” which focuses on being good stewards of all God’s gifts.