Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to join with people of other faiths to care for creation on Sunday, May 21, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by mulching around plantings and trimming trees 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 Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Dr., Houston 77035 to sign in. Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and line 49 is 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 at www.eventbrite.com (search Spring 2017 Interfaith in Houston, TX). Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information.

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.

May 21, 6:00 p.m.  Connections between People and Nature – Endocrine Disrupters
We welcome Sr. Damien Marie Savino, Dean of Sciences & Sustainability at Aquinas College in Michigan. Sr. Damien will speak on Endocrine Disrupters. The adage “Everything is Connected” is well known in environmental circles. This talk will explore the case of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are industrial chemicals widely used in pharmaceuticals, foods, packaging, plastics and other consumer products. EDCs interfere with hormone metabolism and activity and are now recognized as a growing public health threat. Concentrations at levels of concern have been detected in water, soils, food, and blood and body tissues of animals and humans around the world, even far from where the original exposure occurred. How did the EDCs get there? What are some of the most serious environmental concerns of EDCs? This talk will explore these topics, as well as what we can do to avoid exposure to EDCs. Sr. Damien holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and an M.S. in soil science. Please register at www.eventbrite.com (Connections between People in Houston, TX) to receive an invitation.

Other upcoming speakers include:
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

Summer Creation – Focused Book Reviews

Sundays, July 16 & July 23, 9:45 a.m.
Members of the CTK Creation Care Team will offer two creation-focused book reviews this summer in July.

On Sunday, July 16, Elmer Ledesma will review How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate by Andrew J. Hoffman. This book examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change, by laying bare the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.

On Sunday, July 23, Lisa Brenskelle will review Dream of the Earth by eco-theologian & Catholic priest Thomas Berry.  This landmark work has established itself as a foundational volume in the ecological canon. In it, Thomas Berry provides nothing less than a new intellectual-ethical framework for the human community by positing planetary well-being as the measure of all human activity. Join us on Sundays, July 16 & 23 at 9:45 a.m. in the Adult Sunday School classroom for reviews of these thought-provoking books!

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
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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 www.eventbrite.com (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