Faithful Resilience: A Study on Climate Resilience for Faith Communities
Tuesdays, January 12 – February 16 6:00 p.m., online
Faithful Resilience is a six-part study on climate resilience for faith communities. The climate crisis has arrived. Faith communities must not only react, but also prepare. Over the last decade, hurricanes have intensified, wildfires have burnt stronger, and heat waves have baked our cities. These events can only be expected to get worse in the next decades. Most of our faith communities are not ready for these climate-driven disasters. Yet, the communities who will be most threatened by climate change also have an opportunity to play a pivotal role in building resilience in their towns and cities. Whether a faith community has a large facility, land, social capital, or something else, those assets can be channeled into building climate resilience in preparation for the coming physical and spiritual storms of the climate crisis. Join us for a six-week exploration and consider how Christ the King can become a force for climate resilience in our community. Learn more/register
Climate Justice: A Breath of Hope
January 23 – 26, online
Texas Impact and the United Methodist Women have long held an annual legislative event. This year, it is going virtual, and is open to other Christians. So, join Texas Impact and other Christians for Breathe – Climate Justice: A Breath of Hope. The event features a powerful keynote panel on climate justice and women’s leadership, including four nationally recognized leaders. There will also be presentations from leading policy advocates, worship & opportunities for fellowship. Can’t make the entire event? Go ahead and register anyway, as all sessions will be recorded. Please register.
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
The CTK Creation Care Creation Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2021 is Healthy Planet = Healthy People = Healthy Economy.
Steve Stelzer, Program Director, Houston Green Building Resource Center
Being Healthy in a Toxifying World
Sunday, January 31, 6 p.m., online
In January, join Steve Stelzer, Program Director at the Houston Green Building Resource Center, as he discusses the many paradoxes we face as global citizens regarding staying healthy in a world where business insists on dumping toxic wastes into our air and water supply. Without getting too gloomy about it, Steve will also discuss options for actually doing something about the problem. Spoiler alert: “Superman’s Not Coming”. Meanwhile, it seems we might be reaching a critical mass to turn this around. 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