Posts Categorized: Environment

Earth Care Congregations at the White House!

Last Thursday, September 13th, I joined other PCUSA colleagues, Leslie Woods (Office of Public Witness) and J Herbert Nelson (Office of Public Witness), at a fabulous EPA ENERGY STAR program on “Greening America’s Congregations through Energy Efficiency” at the White House. Members of 5 local Earth Care Congregations also attended, as well as an Earth… Read more »

Final Reflection on Rio+20 UN Conference

  Scriptural calls to confession and active repentance/turning Isaiah 5:8 Ah, you who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is room for no one but you, and you are left to live alone in the midst of the land!   Job 28:9-12 They put their hand to the flinty rock,… Read more »

Rio Reflection: Gifts of Creation

Scripture: Genesis 1:31a God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good. Psalm 104: 1-4 Bless the Holy One, O my soul….you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers… John 3:16-17 For God so… Read more »

Perspectives on Rio+20

News and perspectives from diverse conversation partners at the People’s Summit: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (official web site)   Clic here to read the Rio+20 Outcome Document being discussed for adoption by heads of states.   Video of NGOS speaking at the United Nations, feeling that Rio+20 is not the future we want…. Read more »

Journeying to Rio+20

Tens of thousands of people, from official state delegates to non-profit organizations and social community leaders, are gathering for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and the parallel People’s Summit. I will be part of the World Council of Churches delegation and will assume the role of observer. My hope is that my observations,… Read more »

World Environment Day and the lead-up to Rio+20

June 18-22, I will attend the People’s Summit with the World Council of Churches delegation. I will be watching the development at the UNCSD, learning from workshops at the People’s Summit, and blogging here for Presbyterians about my experiences while I’m in Rio. My hope is that this will help us to gain a better global understanding of our call to care for God’s creation, even as we continue our local efforts in our own congregations and communities.

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Reflection on Women’s Stories from the MTR and Climate Change Tribunal last week

The Central Appalachian Women’s Tribunal on Climate Justice on May 10, 2012 was a powerful and meaningful event of local women lifting up their voices and engaging in action to protect the health and integrity of their families, their communities, and their land. I was honored and energized to be in this gathering of powerful grassroots advocates who are working hard to take care of the things they love. The speakers and leaders of this event were local residents who shared their personal stories of witnessing to the devastating effects of Mountaintop Removal (MTR) Coal Mining in their homeland of Appalachia. Some of these local women have won prestigious awards, gained national recognition, and/or been interviewed in documentaries for their great efforts. They come from a four state area: TN, WV, VA, and KY.

 

These women’s lives have been drastically impacted by MTR and I was convicted and inspired by their stories. Hearing their testimonies, I am ever more committed to continue to pray and work for an end to the destructive practice of MTR that is damaging this part of God’s creation. I hope you will join me in these efforts, both from reading these glimpses of local residents’ stories and from knowing our biblical, theological, and denomination mandate to care for God’s creation.

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Forest Hill Presbyterian Church celebrates Earth Day

Presbyterian congregations all across the country have been caring for God’s creation in their worship life, educational programs, facilities, and outreach. For many this is an ongoing part of their Christian vocation lived out in the world and it happens year-round.   Earth Day (April 22) is a special day to reflect about why we… Read more »

Webinar on Earth Care Congregations and Environmental Education

The Earth Care Congregations (ECC) program will be a featured segment in a live national “webinar” on Tuesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

 William Seaman, from the Earth Ministry Team of Montreat Presbyterian Church (a certified PCUSA Earth Care Congregation), has been invited to be a co-presenter and will be giving a case study of how the ECC program reflects excellence in its content and process. Much of his material comes from the national Presbyterian guidebook for the process and from his own experience at Montreat Presbyterian Church.

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