Creation Care Opportunities

creation care corner reflectionsUpcoming Opportunities
More about our Creation Care Team Activities 

Native Plant Pollinator Garden Party
Sunday, October 27 at noon
Wear your gardening gear to church and get your hands dirty adding some plants to the Native Plant Pollinator Garden at CTK! Bring your gardening gloves & tools to weed and plant native pollinator plants in the garden. Refreshments afterward. Contact Lisa Brenskelle to volunteer.

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2019 is environmental issues and what you can do.
The Earth Charter & Lutheran Social Statements
Sunday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
In October, Lisa Brenskelle, Creation Care Team lead and head of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will discuss the Earth Charter. The ELCA voted to endorse the Earth Charter at churchwide assembly in August. The Earth Charter, while a completely secular document, is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful society. As such, it’s precepts have much in common with Christian social teaching, and indeed, with the social teaching of many faiths.  This first half of this talk will cover the Earth Charter, its origins & principles, as well as materials available from the Earth Charter Initiative. The second half of the talk will explain the relationship between Earth Charter principles & Christian social teaching, using the social statements of the ELCA as a basis. Please register for this talk. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  with any questions about this talk.

Community Bike Safety Course
Sunday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.
Nervous about biking in Houston? The CTK Creation Care Team and Bike Houston invite you to a free Community Bike Safety Course where you’ll gain the confidence to cycle safely around town. This is the only free bike safety course in Houston taught by certified instructors. The course takes begins with 90 minutes of classroom instruction at CTK. 90 minutes of drills in the Rice University parking lot follow the classroom instruction, and then we’ll take a leisurely 1 hour ride around the neighborhood to practice our skills on the road. Instruction is provided by certified instructors from Bike Houston and the course is suitable for all ages. You may attend all or just a portion of the class, as your schedule permits. Participants should bring their bikes and helmets. Please register for this course on eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.

Bike to Church/Alternative Transport   
Sunday, November 3
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to walk, bike, carpool, take the bus…to church! We will have bike route and bus information available after each worship service. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  for more information.

 

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.