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.
Spring 2017 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event
Sunday, April 29, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to join with people of other faiths to care for our shared environment during Earth Month. We will mulch around plantings, plant native plants & remove trash at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. Tools/supplies will be provided. This event is organized by CTK, Congregation Brith Shalom, and the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy. Please register for planning purposes. Contact Lisa Brenskelle for more information.
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.
Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston
Sunday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m.
At the April web meeting, we welcome Bakeyah Nelson, Air Alliance Houston’s Executive Director. Bakeyah will provide her perspective on some of the current air quality challenges that Houston is facing – ones that Air Alliance Houston is working to address to improve public health. These range from concerns about concrete batch plants and metal recycling facilities, to the proposed expansion of I-45. Air Alliance Houston is also working with community partners to address some of the challenges exposed during Hurricane Harvey. Bakeyah will highlight how you can get involved. After her talk, there will be time for Q&A. Please register for this talk on eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
Making Houston a Resilient City – How Houses of Worship Can Help
Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.
Online & at Congregation Emanu El
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to consider the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies and changing consumer preferences and needs. In this presentation, Jim Blackburn will discuss the scope of current problems, some ideas to bring resilience to our community in the future, and the role of houses of worship could play in realizing this future. Jim is a Professor in the Practice at Rice University, co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm (SSPEED) Center and a Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute as well as an environmental lawyer and planner and author. After Jim’s talk, there will be time for Q&A. Please register for this event. Congregation Emanu El is located at 1500 Sunset Blvd. For more information, please contact Lisa Brenskelle.
Spring 2018 Outing in Nature – Birding Trip to Brazos Bend State Park
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.
The CTK Creation Care Team and Health Ministry invite you to go on a guided bird walk with “birders extraordinaires”, Mike & Joyce Bradshaw. Meet us at the Nature Center at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville. If you have binos, bring them along. We will have a few extras on hand if you don’t have your own. We’ll spend a couple leisurely hours on trails in the park looking for birds and other wildlife. The mental and physical health benefits of time spent in nature are well-documented, for both kids & adults. Experience these benefits, and the wonder of God’s good creation, on this outing! If you are planning to join us, contact Steve Long. Note that there is a small fee to enter the park, payable at the park entrance.