BOSTON (AP) Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are searching for ways to deal with soaring heating costs this winter. With tiny budgets and cathedral ceilings, some congregations are having to choose between staying warm or funding religious missions. Some churches are sealing off sanctuaries, trimming staff and paying for more fuel-efficient energy systems to keep congregants warm this winter.
The Rev. Clare Yarborough of Trinity Episcopal Church in Weymouth said the parish is spending $30,000 to convert from oil to natural gas heat. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is recommending that priests use smaller chapels for weekday services because they are easier to heat.