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

Don’t Trash that Torn T-shirt – Give it a Second Life!

The average U.S. citizen throws away 70 lbs. of clothing each year. That amount is equal to 21 billion lbs. or 260,000 truckloads! Multiple local agencies accept used clothing for those in need, but what about torn or worn clothing and other textiles that are not reusable? You can recycle fiber products by dropping them off in bins operated by the American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS). Look for containers at the corner of Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway behind Walgreens and near the entrance to the Westpark Consumer Recycling Center.
95% of textiles worn or torn can be recycled. If you rag bin is full, don’t throw those textiles away – give them a second life as upholstery and automotive stuffing. Landfill waste will be reduced and employment opportunities will be provided to semi-skilled or marginally employable workers.
Another way to care for God’s Creation, brought to you by the Creation Care Team. Source: www.smartasn.org. 

Creation as the Body of God

The following thought provoking essay is an excerpt from an article by Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, that was first published in Radical Grace, April-May-June, Volume 23, Number 2, 2010.

The Incarnation of God did not happen in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. That is just when we started taking it seriously. The incarnation actually happened 14.5 billion years ago with a moment that we now call “The Big Bang.” That is when God actually decided to materialize and to self expose. Two thousand years ago was the human incarnation of God in Jesus, but before that there was the first and original incarnation through light, water, land, sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, fruit, birds, serpents, cattle, fish, and “every kind of wild beast” according to our own creation story (Genesis 1:3-25). This was the “Cosmic Christ” through which God has “let us know the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made from the beginning in Christ” (Ephesians 1:9).

Christ is not Jesus’ last name, but the title for his life’s purpose. Jesus is the very concrete truth revealing and standing in for the universal truth. As Colossians puts it “he is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation” (1:15), he is the one glorious part that names and reveals the even more glorious whole. “The fullness is founded in him . . . everything in heaven and everything on earth” (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ, for John Duns Scotus was the very first idea in the mind of God, and God has never stopped thinking, dreaming, and creating the Christ. “The immense diversity and pluriformity of this creation more perfectly represents God than any one creature alone or by itself,” adds Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica (47:1).

To read the full essay by Fr. Rohr, see http://earthministry.org/earth-ministry-publications/earth-letter/, where it will shortly be posted in the Winter 2014/2015 issue of the Earth Letter.

 

Creation Care Resolutions for the New Year

1. Do a creation care devotional. All good practices start with prayer. Make a commitment to a daily devotional in your home, or start the next meeting of your church group or committee with a creation cre devotional. A great resource to get you started is:
http://www.webofcreation.org/Worship/devotions/CreationCare.pdf

2. Watch an eco-focused documentary. Netflix has quite a few to choose from, like Chasing Ice, which follows a National Geographic photographer as he battles weather and climate to take time lapse photos of the glaciers before they’re gone. Extra credit: host a screening with friends.

3. Give away one of your Christmas presents. One of the easiest ways to live simpler is to keep less stuff, and if you can give away a gift you don’t need, you’ll lighten your impact and brighten someone else’s day. (Just don’t get caught re-gifting!)

4. Put on a sweater. If you add an extra layer while you’re around the house — cozy up under a blanket, put on your slippers — and lower the thermostat one degree, you’ll save energy. Our electricity use accounts for 40 percent of America’s climate change pollution, so every sweater counts!

5. Join the Meatless Mondays craze. Meat production is another major source of climate pollution — one-fifth of the problem, to be exact. Cutting out meat just once a week lowers your carbon footprint, plus it’s healthier, cheaper, and a good excuse to try out new recipes. Extra credit: Invite friends over for dinner and multiply the meatless effect!

6. Bring a bag. Plastic bags are made from fossil fuels, and they create more trash. By bringing your own bag with you on shopping trips you’ll use fewer resources and make a statement.

7. Swap your lights. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, are far more efficient than traditional incandescent ones, plus they will save you money. They’re different from standard light bulbs in that once they are on, it takes very little energy to keep them that way. So use CFLs in places where you leave the lights on, such as entryways or church bathrooms.

8. Keep up to date. Want to keep up with creation care news and opportunities to take action? Check out the Creation Care Corner of This Week and keep reading the Banner!

Modified from http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/12/31