Before the record-breaking Heat Waves and supersized fires in Western USA and the massive flooding in Europe, PBS-TV NewsHour had a June 23 report: “A leaked UN report warns ‘worst is yet to come’ on climate change. Here’s how you can help.” “Caring for God’s Creation” was the addition to our Book of Order’s “The Ministry of Members” (G-1.0304) that our Presbyteries overwhelmingly approved from the 222nd General Assembly (2016); now is the time we need to help our churches and members live it out.
Your help is needed in sharing this news about an important August conference by Presbyterians with your teaching elders, churches, everyone! Please include the following in special communications and/or your newsletters. We hope every Presbytery will be part of this church-wide effort for education and action for today’s greatest moral issue.
Starting on Sunday, August 1, everyone is urged to attend “Creation Care Buffet: Come to the Table” which is the Presbyterians for Earth Care’s online national conference on Sundays, August 1, 8 and 15. Worship and Bible study will be from 4:30 pm EDT – 6:00 p.m. EDT, followed by a dinner break, with workshops from 7:00 p.m. EDT to 8:30 p.m. EDT. Preachers will be the Rev. Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson and the Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo. Musicians will be hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, folk singer David LaMotte and jazz pianist Bill Carter. Bible study leaders are a father and son, Douglas Moo (Wheaton NT professor) and Jonathan Moo (Whitworth NT & Environmental Studies professor). The 12 workshops include top scientists sharing latest science news on the Climate Crisis, a spiritual director teaching about spiritual practices for activists, food waste and composting, worship ideas for creation care, ideas for involving young adults, farming and justice concerns, environmental racism and uranium mining in the Navajo Nation, creation care faith formation, Introducción al Cambio Climático (Spanish) and carbon dividends. The cost is only $20 per Sunday or $50 for all 3 Sundays with scholarship available. Details (conference schedule, workshops descriptions and leaders’ bios, registration) can be found on the Presbyterians for Earth Care website: presbyearthcare.org and on Facebook: @presbyearthcare
Please keep praying and help make a difference for God’s world. Thank you.
Grace and Peace,
Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference Team Chair & PEC Vice-Moderator