The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith

Sunday, November 24, 6:00 p.m., online
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2019 is environmental issues, and what you can do. In November, Lisa Brenskelle, head of the team, will discuss the U.N.’s Global Environmental Outlook, a report issued earlier this year, and how faith enables our response to the ecological crisis described in the report. Lisa will examine the science that explains the present state of our world and the major environmental issues we face. She will then consider how our faith both informs and enables our response to this crisis. The first half of this talk reviews the Global Environmental Outlook. The second half of the talk discusses how faith enables a response. Lisa holds a PhD in engineering, and has worked on a volunteer basis in earthkeeping ministry for decades. Join her for this thought-provoking talk! Register for this talk on eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  with any questions about this talk.

Bike to Church/Alternative Transport Sunday, November 3

The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to walk, bike, carpool, take the bus…to church! We will have bike route and bus information available after each worship service. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  for more information.

Community Bike Safety Course
Sunday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.
Nervous about biking in Houston? The CTK Creation Care Team and Bike Houston invite you to a free Community Bike Safety Course where you’ll gain the confidence to cycle safely around town. Instruction is provided by certified instructors from Bike Houston and the course is suitable for all ages. You may attend all or just a portion of the class, as your schedule permits. Participants should bring their bikes and helmets. Please register for this course on eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  with any questions.

Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd.

You are invited to the 2019 Creation Care Fest – Environmental Extravaganza! This free event is actually three events in one: lectures by expert speakers on The State of Our World, an exhibit by local environmental organizations, and a family-friendly festival with kids’ activities such as nature/environment-focused games, crafts, encounters with live education animals, seed planting (to take home & watch grow!) and much more. Continue reading

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…

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

Sunday, September 24, 6 p.m.:  Connections between People & Nature:   Biodiversity

At the September web meeting, we welcome Professor Kerri Crawford, Assistant Professor of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Houston. In her presentation, Dr. Crawford will discuss global threats to biodiversity and why we should care, including how biodiversity influences natural systems and provides ecosystem services that we rely on.  She will present examples from her own work, such as experiments that tested how plant diversity influences restoration outcomes in coastal ecosystems and how soil microbes influence plant community diversity.  Finally, she will speculate on key scientific questions that need to be answered to understand how ecological communities will change in the future and help mitigate the negative consequences of these changes.  After Professor Crawford’s talk, there will be time for Q&A.  If you would like to join this online conversation, please register and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle.

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Web Meetings Continue…

Sunday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.: Entering Cadillac Desert
Whether through its abundance in oceans and rivers, its magnificence in rain, or its stark absence in deserts, water has been worshipped and considered sacred by different religions and cultures for millennia. It is fundamental to life but is also a finite resource, often taken for granted in our world. As climate change redistributes it unpredictably through droughts and floods, new tragedies of water inequities are taking shape, as documented in environmental historian Marc Reisner’s classic, Cadillac Desert. As we enter new cadillac deserts, Andy Hartley, Ph.D., will examine the importance of reawakening a reverence for water that pours into new laws, policies, and acts of kindness. After Andy’s talk, there will be time for Q&A. If you would like to join this online conversation, please register at www.eventbrite.com and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle.