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 www.eventbrite.com (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

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. Continue reading

Journey of the Universe

Monday, February 27, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
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 www.eventbrite.com (search under “Journey of the Universe” in Houston, TX). Continue reading

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.

February 26, 6:00 p.m.
Connections between People and Nature – Invasive Species

We often think of people and nature and separate entities. Yet we humans depend on the natural world in many ways and, in turn, impact nature through our activities. At the February 2017 web meeting, we welcome Professor Scott Solomon from Rice University, Biosciences, who will speak on Invasive Species. In his talk, he will examine one specific way in which humans affect the natural world: by transporting species around the world, we are creating powerful adversaries that impact not only native species but ourselves as well. Professor Solomon is a biologist and science writer who teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication. He recently published his first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution. Professor Solomon will address Connections between People and Nature from the perspective of biosciences on Sunday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A. If you would like to join this online conversation, please register at www.eventbrite.com (search under “Connections between People” in Houston, TX) and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. Continue reading