Journey of the Universe – Take 2!

Apr. 23, 12:45 – 2:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. for lunch)
Missed the screenings of The Journey of the Universe held in February and March? The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to go on the Journey of the Universe in April. This Emmy-award winning documentary narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe’s development in a way that is accessible to everyone. The film tells a comprehensive story drawing on astronomy and physics to explain the emergence of galaxies and stars, geology and chemistry to understand the formation of Earth, biology and botany to trace life’s evolution, and anthropology and history to see the rise of humans. An open facilitated discussion will follow the film screening. A sandwich lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. (for $5/person payable at the door in cash). Please register. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at  with questions.

Journey of the Universe

most Mondays & Fridays thru April 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Educational Series
The Ctk Creation Care Team invites you to go on the Journey of the Universe. This Emmy-award winning documentary narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe’s development in a way that is accessible to everyone, engendering a sense of mystery and awe in viewers. This approach expands the human perspective beyond an anthropocentric worldview to one that values life’s complexity and sees the role of humans as critical to the further flourishing of the Earth community. The documentary is accompanied by a 20 part educational series of filmed conversations with a number of specialists around the planet who are participating in transformative work for the environment, energy, agriculture, economics, education, and the arts. All sessions will be held simultaneously at the University of St. Thomas, Robertson Hall as well as online, via web meeting. Please register whether attending in person or online at (search under “Journey of the Universe” in Houston, TX).

Educational Series:
March 3 Beginning of the Universe & Galaxies Forming
March 6 The Emanating Brilliance of Stars,  Birth of the Solar System
March 20 Life’s Emergence & Learning, Living, and Dying
March 24 The Passion of Animals &The Origin of the Human
March 27 Becoming a Planetary Presence & Transition
March 31 Breakthrough Communities & Eco-Cities
April 3 Ecological Economics & Permaculture
April 7 Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Sustainable Energy
April 10 Healing and Revisioning & Arts and Justice
April 17 Myths, Metaphors, and Identities & Teaching Journey of the Universe

Spring 2017 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

creation care fall event for 2017 april banner(cancelled due to rain)
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to join with people of other faiths to care for creation on Sunday, April 2, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by mulching around plantings and repairing trails at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends.  Meet at the Schwartz Gazebo, 5300 Dryad, Houston 77035 to sign in.  Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and lines 8 and 47 are not far. Tools/supplies will be provided. This event is organized by CTK, Congregation Brith Shalom, and The Blue Mosque, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy. Please register for planning purposes.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information. Photo above:  Volunteer planting crew hard at work at the Fall 2016 event.

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation

The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an educational web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

March 26, 6:00 p.m.: Connections between People and Nature – Plastic Pollution
hwangPlastic products provide lots of benefits to humans but also create harmful effects on humans and life- threatening problems for avian and marine species. Chemicals added to plastic products can cause many health problems, especially for babies and children. Plastic products are also killing birds, fish, and even whales. At the March 2017 web meeting, we welcome Professor Hyun-Min Hwang from Texas Southern University, Environmental Sciences, who will speak on Plastic Pollution. He will address plastic pollution’s environmental impacts and what we can do to protect human health and save wildlife and the natural environment. Professor Hwang holds a PhD in Environmental Chemistry/Oceanography. His research interests include sediment & water quality, pollutants in air, water, & soil, risk assessment & risk reduction, as well as stormwater runoff management. Professor Hwang will address Connections between People and Nature from the perspective of environmental sciences on Sunday, Mar. 26 at 6 p.m. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A. If you would like to join this online conversation, please register at (search under “Connections between People” in Houston, TX) and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.
Other upcoming speakers include:
Sunday, April 23, 6:00 p.m., Professor Cymene Howe, Rice University, Anthropology
Sunday, May 21, 6:00 p.m., Sr. Damien Marie Savino, Dean of Sciences & Sustainability, Aquinas College, MI
Sunday, June 25, 6:00 p.m., Greg Biddinger, PhD in Ecology, Founder, Natural Land Management, now residing in Maine
Sunday, July 30, 6:00 p.m., Andy Gerhart, PhD in Environmental History, now seminarian at Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Past speakers in this series included:
January: Professor Melissa Anne Suter of Baylor College of Medicine spoke on The Human Microbiome
February: Professor Scott Solomon of Rice University, Biosciences spoke on Invasive Species
Contact Lisa Brenskelle for recordings of these talks.

An Outing to Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden

mercerThe Health Ministry and the Creation Care Team invite members of all ages to a free outing to Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Humble on Sunday, March 26. We will depart from CTK at 1:00 p.m., carpooling to the garden. At the 20-acre garden, we will have fun exploring using a self-guided botanical scavenger hunt. Or, you can enjoy the serenity of nature at the nearby arboretum, which offers picnic grounds and play areas, as well as quiet woodland walks. The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in nature for both adults & children are well documented. We invite you to experience these as you enjoy God’s good creation on this outing. Contact Steve Long  to sign up or for more information