Presbyterians will be joining millions of people worldwide on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day, an annual awareness campaign focusing on earth care and the need to protect the planet from harmful pollution and degradation.
Webster Presbyterian Church, just a few miles southeast of Houston on NASA Parkway, has been called the “Astronauts’ Church.” Just a stone’s throw from the Johnson Space Center, the church has become the preferred house of worship for astronauts, engineers and other employees at the center. But the church has also become known for its strong commitment to earth care. Recently, Webster was recertified as an Earth Care Congregation.
If you are driving through Atlanta, chances are you might see the Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley’s face smiling back at you. The Presbyterian minister was recently recognized with a large billboard for her work to advance clean energy in the city.
The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) says 2017 was a productive year in its engagement with corporations. MRTI filed or co-filed seven shareholder resolutions in the 2017 proxy season, with oil, gas and utility companies, and one resolution with Wells Fargo.
For the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), climate change is not just a conversation to be had, but a pressing issue to be addressed. As stewards of God’s creation, the church is asking how it can be both responsible and proactive in its attempts to stem the rising tides?
‘In 2015, churches (in the U.S.) spent almost $10 billion on energy and maintenance of our facilities, and only $1 billion on missions,’ according to LIT’s founder Colby May. It’s a somewhat startling statistic, to which he has an answer. ‘What if we could redirect 20-30 percent of that $10 billion back into the $1 billion?’
The 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations’ Convention on Climate Change recently wrapped up in Bonn, Germany. The conference was hosted by the island nation of Fiji. Due to the technical challenges of getting more than 20,000 people to the island, Germany provided space for the event.
Cleanup continues in South Dakota after an oil leak in the Keystone Pipeline earlier this month spilled more than 210,000 gallons of oil approximately three miles southeast of Amherst. The state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in the state.
As Christmas approaches, we face many choices regarding shopping, schedules and more. In addition to consumer dilemmas, we are faced with spiritual dilemmas. On one hand, we want to observe Advent and wait for the Christ child. On the other, we want to shop and wrap and bake — and we run ourselves ragged in the process. The following ideas from the Presbyterian Hunger Program are designed to help Presbyterians celebrate the birth of Christ in more meaningful ways than mainstream culture provides. Incorporate one, two or all of these ideas into your holiday celebrations. Share with family and friends. And when the holidays are over, turn these ideas into 2018 resolutions.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —Ps. 23:1