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You Think You Can Change the Climate?

“You Think You Can Change the Climate?” I was not prepared when an acquaintance at a Super Bowl party asked this question in response to my sharing that I am working on the climate crisis. It seemed a long time before my response, “yes I do.” That got me thinking. Being a climate activist is [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Action, Advocacy, Education, Spiritual Relfection, Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • I still love you, but you’re making it very difficult… This may be the sentiment that God has in response to our treatment of His gift of the earth and everything living upon it. He is definitely calling us in the night. “I will go Lord, if you lead me,” the hymn offers. The General Board of Church and Society is offering leadership in the publication of Social Principles(1), in part, a response to the climate crisis. “God has granted us stewardship of creation.”(p22) “…developments have led to regional defoliation, dramatic extinction of species, massive human suffering, overpopulation, and misuse and overconsumption of natural and nonrenewable resources…” “The whole earth is God’s good creation and as such has inherent value. We are aware that the current utilization of energy sources threatens this creation at it’s very foundation.” “We encourage persons to limit CO2 emissions toward the goal of one tonne per person annually.”(p23) Currently some are responsible for emitting 10 times that amount. “We strongly advocate for the priority of the development of renewable energies.” This is a much easier lift now that renewables are cheaper than fossil fuels. “Science and theology are complementary rather than mutually incompatible.”(p25) We therefore encourage dialogue between the scientific and theological communities and seek the kind of participation that will enable humanity to sustain life on earth and, by God’s grace, increase the quality of our common lives together.” Still a bit fuzzy how you can help protect God’s gift today? Slow down on eating beef; make a game of how long you can leave the car at home; plant an edible landscape; recycle especially plastic and aluminum; join EarthKeepers (2); buy local produce/products, but most importantly, talk about the climate crisis with others. Share ideas. God still loves you but his patience is wearing thin. 1. Social Principles of the United Methodist Church 2017-2020, The United Methodist Publishing House, gbcs@gbcs.org 2. EarthKeepers- https://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2018/november/earthkeepers-commissioned-to-creative-service

I Still Love You, But…

By |January 13th, 2019|Action, Advocacy, Education, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

A Solution for Depleted Soils & Souls…

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By |December 5th, 2018|Action, Advocacy, Education, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Creation Care Community Outreach at Dove of the Desert…

Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church   http://www.doveofthedesert.com/ The Board of Church and Society at Dove will be presenting “Global Warming - A Christian Perspective” on Saturday, November 10 in rooms 15/16 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. This presentation is the product of months of hard work and current research by members of [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Advocacy, Education, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Invitation To Earth Care & Advocacy

A time for Action-As President T. Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Sounds like good advice even in this era. It seems likely that God created the goodness of the Earth for every creature, not every corporation. I challenge you to do more than talk, tweet, comment [...]

By |December 13th, 2017|Action, Advocacy, Education, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Why Facts Are Not Enough…

Why Facts Are Not Enough. Dr. Hayhoe will speak at the University of Arizona on Wednesday, April 12, 7 pm, in Room N120, ENR2 Building (1064 E. Lowell St.)Join Dr. Hayhoe as she explores pathways to productive discussion about climate change: moving past the smokescreens to address the real objections and beginning conversations with values we share rather than facts [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Advocacy, Education, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?

-by Rev. Steven Davis In my case, it was the egg. Permit me to elaborate. My stepdaughter Lisa and I have the kind of relationship that lots of stepdaughters and stepfathers have. It is a tentative and sometimes treacherous relationship. I came into my daughter’s life (I usually omit the “step” step part) when she [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Evangelicals and Climate Change

by Chris Schutte On October 3 of this year President Obama gave an update on the progress of his administration’s action to combat climate change. Among the many interesting  and important facts he shared, I’d like to highlight two. First, toward the end of his comments, the President said, “there are a lot of evangelicals [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Why Buy Organic?

Many people buy organic foods because they are concerned about pesticide exposure, despite the fact that many studies https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sign_at_the_Sonoma_Farmers_market_-_Stierch.jpg do not seem to demonstrate any nutritional advantage of one over the other. Numerous studies have failed to demonstrate health benefits one over the other.[1] Yet, one small and very recent study suggests that [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Education, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments

Standing with Standing Rock

My body is still in Tempe, but my heart and mind are in North Dakota today.  Last week a call was issued for clergy from many faith traditions to come and stand witness with the Standing Rock Nation in its protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  This pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota to [...]

By |November 4th, 2016|Advocacy, Executive Director, Spiritual Relfection|0 Comments