CREATION JUSTICE NETWORK    The CJN Working Group with Our New Mission Statement   Phill Wilson, Jenny Shultz-Thomas, Gary Smith, Karen Richardson Dunn, Ervin Milton, Kathy Shea, and Rev. Dele. (Not pictured: Craig Schaub, Kaye Crawford, Cynthia Drew, Steve Halsted)

CREATION JUSTICE NETWORK

The CJN Working Group with Our New Mission Statement

Phill Wilson, Jenny Shultz-Thomas, Gary Smith, Karen Richardson Dunn, Ervin Milton, Kathy Shea, and Rev. Dele. (Not pictured: Craig Schaub, Kaye Crawford, Cynthia Drew, Steve Halsted)

 

Reverend Karen Richardson Dunn

President of Creation Justice Network

As we enter into the Advent season, the Creation Justice Network team wishes you joy, peace, and a revival of hope and brotherhood among us all!


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.


CJN SPOTLIGHTS

Watch the latest video in a series with Bill McKibben, How We Talk About Climate Change.   http://www.sandersinstitute.com/blog/how-we-talk-about-climate-change  Climate change and global warming don’t convey the true danger of our situation. We are in a climate crisis!


REV. DELE, a member of the CJN's working group and of Union Chapel UCC in Burlington, is up to all kinds of good!  She is helping them create a curriculum that integrates faith and gardening principles at Baylor for prospective teachers. 

AND PLEASE JOIN THE CJN WORKING GROUP on Monday, October 8th, at 10am for our seasonal meeting at United Church of Chapel Hill.  We'll be discussing upcoming CJN initiatives for the next six months and beyond --we'd love to have you participate with us!


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.

  Watershed Discipleship: Reinbahiting Bioregional Faith and Practice Discussion   Guide

Watershed Discipleship: Reinbahiting Bioregional Faith and Practice Discussion Guide



Watch The Introduction to Sustaining Creation Series


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Calendar of Events



UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES:

 RISE FOR CLIMATE, JOBS, AND JUSTICE: On September 8, in advance of the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco, thousands of Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice events will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.  Local action is leading the way — Be part of the movement that’s ending the era of fossil fuels and building 100% renewable energy for all. Check out https://riseforclimate.org/ for events in NC and around the world.  The Triangle, Asheville, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Wilmington are organizing events. 

Three events are planned for the Triangle

Learn more, save the date, look for updates, and RSVP AT THIS LINK - https://actionnetwork.org/events/rise-for-climate-action-raleigh/

September 8, 12-7 pm Triangle Rise for Climate Solutions Bio-Bus Tour highlighting climate solutions from household to community levels from noon to 7 pm, beginning at the Durham Station Transportation Center https://actionnetwork.org/events/rise-for-climate-action-raleigh


September 10, 6-9 pm, Racial Equity and Environmental Justice Workshop, Standford L Warren Branch Library in Durham 

We'll look at the United State's political history to understand how policy has shaped racial inequity then discuss how we, as environmentalists, can focus our work around environmental justice. https://actionnetwork.org/events/racial-equity-and-environmental-justice-training/


September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm Rise for Solutions Forum, Church of the Nativity in Raleigh.  Local city and county leaders will be discussing renewable energy, environmental justice. clean energy jobs, putting an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure, and more. https://actionnetwork.org/events/rise-for-climate-solutions-forum/


Do you have good news to share in the ministry of Creation Justice?  Please pass it on -- contact Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn at krichdunn@gmail.com.


 
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