Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston 2019 Kick-Off Event
Sunday, January 6, 2:00 p.m.
1st Congregational Church
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to their 2019 Kick-Off Event. We will hear from faith leaders of a variety of faiths on the ethics of eating. There will be a presentation on the top ten actions houses of worship & their members can take now to preserve the earth. We will recap activities from 2018 and discuss plans for 2019. You’ll get an opportunity to provide your input into 2019 planning. Get to know other attendees during break-out sessions. Please join us! First Congregational Church is located at 10840 Beinhorn Rd. Register for the event here. Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information.
Do-It-Yourself Energy Audits for Houses of Worship & Their Members
Sunday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church & online
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you learn how to conduct a DIY energy audit at your house of worship or in your home to figure out how to lower energy costs. Our speaker, Colby May, has performed professional energy audits at more than 2000 facilities, specializing in houses of worship, educational institutions & government buildings. Learn from an expert! Please join us at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 1900 Bering Dr., or online, via a simultaneous web meeting. Register for the event. Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information.
Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston Educational Events 2018 Re-Cap
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston offers frequent environmental education events. All events are recorded. Here is a list of this year’s topics:
- February: Reducing Waste in Houses of Worship
- March: Justice Advocacy Workshop
- April: Solarize Houston for Houses of Worship & Their Members
- May: Making Houston a Resilient City – How Houses of Worship Can Help
- June: Walk on Earth Gently
- October: Green Events for Houses of Worship
If you would like a copy of the recording of any of the 2018 educational events, contact Elmer Ledesma.
GreenFaith Certification Achieved!!
In 2017, the Creation Care Team received GreenFaith certification for CTK. To achieve certification, the team had to fulfill requirements for creation-focused worship services, religious education on creation for all ages, interfaith & multi-generational creation-focused activities, environmental justice education & interactions with local environmental justice leaders, and communications about our activities. In addition to these requirements, we also had to complete 25 actions or awareness building activities in the areas of energy, transportation, food, water, waste, toxins and grounds. Work to achieve GreenFaith certification began in 2013, two years after CTK entered into covenant with Lutherans Restoring Creation and the Creation Care Team was formed. Participation in GreenFaith built the foundation for a number of creation-focused activities now routinely offered by the CTK Creation Care Team for the congregation, in all areas originally required for GreenFaith certification. We continue to use what we learned during the certification process to guide our ongoing efforts to incorporate care for creation into the full life and mission of CTK, in worship, education, discipleship, advocacy/public ministry, and stewardship of building & grounds.