The CJN/SOC Featured in the National UCC's Three Great Loves
(Love of Creation video campaign)
Please take a look at this three-minute video produced by Blessed Tomorrow/EcoAmerica in support of the UCC's Love of Creation campaign -- you'll not only hear a powerful and uplifting message, you'll also see a number of very familiar faces from the CJN/SOC team!
CJN NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS
At Community UCC in Raleigh we recognized that climate change is a major world crisis and has its biggest impact on low income individuals and families because they have few resources to adapt. As such, we were called in 2007 to create the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force to decrease climate change and its impact on those with few resources. In pursuit of these goals, we have educated ourselves, worked with other churches, nonprofit organizations (including 350 Triangle and North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light) and government organizations to speak out for decreased fossil fuel use and conversion to renewables. Collaborating with several other local churches, we help low income families save money and decrease their fossil fuel use by preparing their homes to be weatherized - cleaning attics and crawl spaces and performing home repairs to enable free professional weatherizations. We decreased our church’s carbon footprint by increasing church building energy efficiency, and with community funding help, we installed a solar PV system on our church that provides about half of our main building’s electricity. We enable other churches to solarize by providing advice on fund raising and installation process. We actively recycle at the church, are investigating becoming nearer zero-waste, and have worked with a local high school to increase their special events recycling efforts. Youth and adults alike engage in our learning and action, and we know that the Holy Spirit is here because we see and feel her energy and love in all people with whom we work.
Beginning this month, we will be spotlighting one individual and one congregation of the SOC who has and continues to do remarkable work in the care for God's Creation. This month we are spotlighting REV. TOM MANN and COMMUNITY UCC of Raleigh.
LENTEN WATERSHED DISCIPLESHIP STUDY GUIDE: The CJN's wonderful new intern, Wake Forest Divinity School Student Sarah Ogletree, has developed an excellent Lenten study guide focused on Ched Myer's book, WATERSHED DISCIPLESHIP: REINHABITING BIOREGIONAL FAITH AND PRACTICE, which she is using to lead study at Parkway UCC. Please click below to find the guide.
CJN Petitions for Coal-Ash Clean Up
ACTION STEP FOR FEBRUARY: The CJN's first action together was to petition the NC Dept of Environmental Quality to address the issue of coal-ash contamination at Cliffside in Rutherford County. Cleanup of Cliffside is under way, but there is some question as to whether complete excavation of the coal ash pits will take place, and all seepage prevented. DEQ is now taking public comments on the matter, via email -- please add your voice. For more information:
Watch The Introduction to Sustaining Creation Series
Calendar of Events
United Church of Chapel Hill, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m
With offshore drilling sadly in the news again, a new set of films in the Shore Stories series are being created to share around the state again, to educate people, and to encourage them to submit comments. At this event, Karen Bearden of 350.Triangle, along with a partner presenter from Southern Environmental Law Center, will be presenting 3 to 5 short films on offshore drilling, and leading discussion afterward. For more information:
NOTE: The only NC hearing about Offshore Drilling takes place on February 26 at the Hilton in Raleigh on Wake Forest Road from 3-7 pm. The deadline for comments is March 9th.
April 20-24, Rock Hill, SC
Our newest working group member, Rev. Dele, now a member of the SOC and Union Chapel, Burlington, and director of the Soils & Soil mission enterprise, will be conducting a Soil & Souls mission conference during this time. More information will soon be available. As well, she will be holding a resilience training in Cuba June 10-24, focused on river health and water security in communities of color. For more information, see here:
Community UCC, Raleigh, Sunday, May 6
The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, minister of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, will be leading worship at CUCC, followed afterward by a presentation on his new book, CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD, on repurposing the church to tackle the issue of climate change. Jim will also be doing book readings on Monday and Tuesday the 7th and 8th, at various venues in the RT and the Piedmont/Triad. More information to come!