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Justice Advocacy Opportunity:
A Discussion on Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election:
A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities
Thursday, July 16, 4 p.m., online
Interfaith Power & Light invites you to a national discussion centered on their new resource: Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities. The Reflection guide addresses climate change, racial and restorative justice, peace and global security, immigration, and voting rights and has been endorsed by a diverse array of religious leaders/organizations. The outcome of the 2020 elections will set the course on climate change for years to come. On top of that, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, a major recession, record joblessness, and our nation is in turmoil over police killings that have exposed the deep inequities and racial injustice in our nation. Now is the time for some national soul-searching, and faith communities have an important role to play.
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Plastic Free Ecochallenge July 1 – 31 Online
Plastic pollution is a major environmental issue. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team for the Plastic Free EcoChallenge and make an impact on plastic pollution with personal lifestyle changes. The challenge engages participants in committing to reduce consumption of single-use plastics during July. Choose from challenges in food, personal care, community, lifestyle, pets, or family. Join the team!
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2020 is the wonders of nature.
The Wonders of Harvester Ants
Sunday, July 26, at 6:00 p.m., online
In arid grasslands and deserts throughout North and South America, the most abundant insects are harvester ants. These large and conspicuous ant species feed on seeds, which they harvest directly from plants and store in their nests. Unlike most species of ants, members of a single colony are not closely related to each other; each colony is genetically diverse. Join Professor Diane Wiernasz of the University of Houston as she discusses how the harvester ant life cycle is an adaptation to the harsh conditions of the desert, how these ants affect the abundance and distribution of plant communities, and the sometimes surprising consequences of colony genetic variation. Come wonder at harvester ants! Please register for this talk. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
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 & ground