Creation Care Opportunities

Upcoming Opportunities 

Living the Change – Weekly Discussion Group
Thursdays through April 29, 6:00 p.m., online
In fall 2017, at the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, spiritual leaders presented the Walk on Earth Gently multifaith statement to world leaders. Now we’re asking Texans of faith to join us in accepting the Walk on Earth Gently invitation and committing to a sustainable lifestyle. Walk on Earth Gently invites people of faith into a journey of Living the Change that the world needs. The journey is inspired by religious teachings to turn away from consumerism & to seek balanced relationships with all people and the planet we share as our common home. This 12-week program focuses on making personal lifestyle changes in three areas: transportation; energy; and food. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to join us on this journey, via a weekly online discussion group. Can’t make it every week? Join us as you are able. A detailed schedule is given below. All participants will receive a copy of Living the Change materials customized for the Houston area. Are you ready to commit to a more sustainable lifestyle? Then join us on this journey to Living the Change. Please register for this event. For more information, please contact Lisa Brenskelle 

March 4, 11, 18 & 25: Energy, weeks 1, 2, 3, & 4
April 8, 15 & 22: Food, weeks 1, 2 & 3
April 29: Food, week 4 & closing
Note: no discussion group on April 1

Drawdown EcoChallenge
April 1 – 30, online
The CTK Creation Care Team invites you to join us for the Drawdown EcoChallenge during the month of April. During the EcoChallenge, you choose “challenges”, from among 80 of the most substantive solutions to climate change, to implement in your life, forming new earth-care habits over the course of the month. Categories include: building resilience, healing & renewal, electricity, food, agriculture & land use, transportation, industry, buildings, land sinks, coastal, ocean & engineered sinks, and health & education. Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team or learn more. Questions? Contact Lisa Brenskelle.

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