Summer is the perfect time to reflect on the beauty of nature and gift of creation. As a congregation committed to the care of creation we continually learn how to make meaningful changes in our daily lives to use earth’s resources responsibly and with a view to future generations. On July 30 worship will include hymns, prayers and reflections giving thanks and praise to God the creator of heaven and earth.
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to the 2017 Creation Care Fest – Environmental Extravaganza on Saturday, August 12. This year’s theme is Stewardship. This free environmental educational offering has activities for all ages. Adults can attend interactive lectures addressing the theme by a variety of experts, considering everything from air to water to plants & animals. Kids (or kids & accompanying adults) can enjoy fun & educational environmental activities. Nursery care for kids under 5 will be provided. Exhibits by local environmental nonprofits will offer more opportunities to learn and engage. For more information, or to register. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
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.
The CTK Creation Care Team would like to draw your attention to a retreat coming up in early July at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary and author of Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key, is the organizer of the Earth-Honoring Faith Retreat which is now in its 10th and final year. The retreat begins on evening of Sunday, July 2 and ends the evening of Friday, July 7. A number of eminent speakers will lead workshops. Details are available at the Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center site.
Sunday, July 9, 4 – 6 p.m.
The CTK Justice Advocacy Ministry Team invites all members to attend a Justice Advocacy Workshop organized by the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston and taught by experts from TX Impact, an Austin-based interfaith justice advocacy organization with which our synod is affiliated. The Justice Advocacy Workshop is free, and will take place on Sunday, July 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, Robertson Hall. Learn how to effectively raise your voice for the voiceless. Please register for this event, for planning purposes. The training will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can still get a copy of the training recording to review later. For more information, please contact Lisa Brenskelle .