Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd.
You are invited to the 2019 Creation Care Fest – Environmental Extravaganza! This free event is actually three events in one: lectures by expert speakers on The State of Our World, an exhibit by local environmental organizations, and a family-friendly festival with kids’ activities such as nature/environment-focused games, crafts, encounters with live education animals, seed planting (to take home & watch grow!) and much more. Please register for this event for planning purposes on eventbrite.com. Note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.
- 10:00 a.m. State of Biodiversity, Professor Kerri Crawford,
University of Houston
- 10:45 a.m. State of the Air, Professor Dan Cohan, Rice University
- 11:30 a.m. State of Fresh Water, Professor Hanadi Rifai, University of Houston
- 2:00 p.m. State of the Oceans, Professor Hyun-Min Hwang, Texas Southern University
- 2:45 p.m. State of the Land, John Ferguson, owner of Nature’s Way Resources
Exhibits by local environmental organizations 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. including:
- Air Alliance Houston
- Citizen’s Climate Lobby
- Co-Housing Houston
- Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
- Houston Climate Protection Alliance
- Native Prairies Association of Texas
- Public Citizen
- Willow Waterhole Conservancy
- All those listed below under
Kids’ Activities 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. provided by:
- Blackwood Educational Land Institute
- Galveston Bay Foundation
- Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
- Harris County Parks Dept.
- Houston Botanic Garden
- Mercer Botanic Gardens
- Texas Master Naturalists,
- Gulf Coast Chapter
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
- Vegan Society of Peace
- Westbury Community Garden
- Wildlife Center of Texas
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.