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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. 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.

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The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to join with people of other faiths to care for creation on Sunday, April 2, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by mulching around plantings and repairing trails 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 Schwartz Gazebo, 5300 Dryad, Houston 77035 to sign in.  Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and lines 8 and 47 are 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 for planning purposes.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information. Photo above:  Volunteer planting crew hard at work at the Fall 2016 event.

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

 

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.
April. 23, 6:00 p.m.: Connections between People and Nature – Climate Change
howe, cymeneAt the April 2017 web meeting, we welcome Professor Cymene Howe from Rice University, Anthropology, who will speak on Climate Change. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face collectively, globally and intergenerationally. While progress has been made to reduce carbon emissions in some sectors, there remains much, much more to be done. In this presentation, Professor Howe addresses the cultural and social dimensions of climate change as well as energy sources and their impacts. A cultural anthropologist, Professor Howe is among a growing group of scholars who engage with questions of energy and environment from a sociocultural point of view, believing that solutions to our current ecological dilemmas lie not only in technological fixes but in understanding and reshaping the ways that we, as people, engage with the environment. Professor Howe will address Connections between People and Nature from the perspective of anthropology on Sunday, April. 23 at 6:00 p.m. After her talk, there will be time for Q&A. If you would like to join this online conversation, please register and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.

Other upcoming speakers include:
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

 

Creation Hymn Sing Sunday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m.
The Music Ministry and the Creation Care Team invite the entire congregation to gather in song on Sunday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a Creation Hymn Sing. We will celebrate and give thanks for God’s good creation in hymns and songs from various lands and traditions and hear anew the call to care for the creation. Attendees will sing well known and loved hymns as well as be introduced to some new musical friends! Donations to support the ministry of the Creation Care Team will be gratefully accepted.