The Last Remaining Coal Plant in New England

A walk from Schiller Station, Portsmouth, NH, to Merrimack Station, Bow, NH — July, 9–15, 2017

Friends, we are called by God in these times of impending climate cataclysm to make a witness to the divine power to renew all things. We invite you to join us in pilgrimage to the last remaining coal-fired power plant in New England operating with no plans or date for closing.

Beginning Sunday, July 9, 2017 we will walk, pray, share fellowship, sing and worship through southern New Hampshire, exploring how we may be called in these times to follow the prophetic examples of our forebears: to act in the truth in witness to the power of God breaking us out of our ordinary lives to be instruments of justice and peace. The 6-day walk will be Quaker-led and open to all.

We confess that the reality of climate change is overwhelming and we do not know exactly how to respond to the devastating truth that the world as we know it is ending. Yet, we also know that a stable climate requires an immediate phase-out of fossil fuel use. Given this reality, we must immediately shut down all coal-fired power plants and rapidly shift away from our region’s dependence on natural gas and toward renewable energy.

Merrimack Station, Bow, New Hampshire
Merrimack Station, Bow, New Hampshire

We walk from Schiller Station, a biomass and coal plant in Portsmouth, NH, to Merrimack Station in Bow, NH, the only coal-fired power plant left in New England without a shut-down date.

We walk praying for clarity, determination and boldness to take the necessary next steps. We walk acknowledging that we do not yet possess the inner resources to live our lives fully into the reality that our understanding of the climate crisis calls us to. We walk creating a community of holy obedience, understanding that we need each other in these challenging times. We walk bringing public focus to the immorality of perpetuating the status quo, and to a genuine hope for a different future.

We walk to build together a beloved community, to see what faith in action looks like. Our hearts are on fire with divine love even though our hands are slow to repent and our feet are slow to change. This is a time for renewal and transformation.

If your heart is stirred to join us, sign up on our website, or call 774-313-0881. If you are called to lend a hand in planning, please indicate so on the form and we will be in touch.

We cannot wait to walk with you.

In Abiding Love,
New England Yearly Meeting (Quakers), Prophetic Climate Action Working Group

Peter Blood-Patterson (Mt. Toby)
Minga Claggett-Borne (Cambridge)
Louis Cox (Burlington)
Brian Drayton (Souhegan)
Alice Grendon (Mt. Toby)
John Humphries (Hartford)
Katherine Fisher (Beacon Hill)
Meg Klepack (West Falmouth)
Jay O’Hara (West Falmouth)
Wendy Schlotterbeck (Durham)
Ruah Swennerfeldt (Burlington)


  1. Susan Day June 12, 2017

    I have a bad ankle & can not walk long distances but I could follow in my car as a support vehicle – or perform some other role.
    Do you have a job for me?
    Wilderness Meeting, Shrewsbury, VT

    • Jonathan Vogel-Borne June 13, 2017

      Thank you for the offer. Someone from the planning group will get back to you about helping out.
      —Jonathan Vogel-Borne (web admin)

  2. Cynthia Knowles June 14, 2017

    At a time when so much seems out of our control and the political climate seems to promote division and anxiety, the process of walking seems such a healing thing to do. First, it is a journey inward and outward, visible to the world. At a human pace that encourages mindfulness in the company of pilgrims, it is a chance to do something. The best antidote to hopelessness is action. We can’t know what it will change, but may we use our faith to trust that if we act as we are called that it will make a difference.

    • Ben Warner June 18, 2017

      I’m grateful for your initiative here. Of course I’ll go the distance. I well remember the power that seemed to develop during our Pipeline Pilgrimage a few years ago. And I relish the intermix between what rises among us communally and what comes about for each of us individually. May we all find opportunities for transformation along our journey.


      Ben Warner

  3. Muriel Farrar June 27, 2017

    Friends at Gonic MM would like to be of help if you pass our way. Kindly let us know of your needs so we can see what can be arranged.

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