Creation Justice Network
The Creation Justice Network are the many clergy and laypeople of the Southern Conference committed to enacting the Love of God's beloved Creation through education, advocacy, and the faithful care and protection of this earth for our children's future.
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!
On November 3, clergy and congregants representing nine SOC congregations gathered at Parkway UCC in Winston-Salem to join national UCC Environmental Curriculum Director Meighan Pritchard for a workshop exploring both our grief and our hope as we, as people of faith, address the climate crisis. Thanks to Meighan and to our great group of environmental warriors for a powerful shared journey.
On November 8, Rev Karen Richardson Dunn represented the CJN and the SOC at "Green the Church," African-American churches coming together to tackle the problems of climate change and pollution, and to share means of empowering church communities through addressing these issues. We heard from national and local clergy and environmental leaders, and left with a profound sense of God's ability to realize necessary change and justice through God's people.
Congratulations to CUCC! On November 11 and 12, Community UCC in Raleigh held its "Justice in a Changing Climate Celebration and Renewal" with a variety of local guest presenters on Saturday (see below as CUCCers create a children's Plant-a-Row-for-the-Hungry garden) and guest preacher Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, of the NC NAACP and JAMN network, on Sunday. We are amazed by the wonderful work that CUCC continues to do on behalf of Creation and neighbor.
CJN Film Festival
This past month we kicked off our Film Festival by sending out the UCC-sponsored DVD series "Sustaining Creation" to a number of our SOC folks, including: FirstCUCC/Asheville; Parkway UCC/Winston; United Church of Chapel Hill; Union Chapel/Burlington; Hillsborough UCC; Maple Temple UCC/Raleigh; Community UCC/Raleigh. (If you see your church's name on the list but haven't yet received your DVD, don't worry -- it will soon be arriving!). We will continue to share the DVD over the next several months. We also ask that you share the Three Great Loves/Love of Creation video, above, with your congregations to spread news of this wonderful campaign.
-Faith in Solar campaign: Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler and Rev. Nancy Allison met with Duke Energy staff again to discuss the possibility of Duke providing solar panels for NC's houses of worship who cannot afford to install them. The conversation was positive and encouraging. We will have more news on the FIS campaign in the next week or so, so stay tuned.
On Tuesday, October 24th, clergy from across North Carolina gathered at Duke Energy headquarters to hold a love-focused, positive, faith-driven prayer vigil -- and were joined by Duke employees. After several meetings with Duke officials, Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler and our own Rev. Nancy Allison have reported favorable progress, and the campaign will now begin to explore the ways in which HB 589 might be available to allow NC houses of worship to obtain solar panels/energy systems. This is a complex issue, but we are hopeful -- and will continue to report on the FIS campaign's progress.
Film Festival continues: The CJN has just received a new shipment of the eight-part "Sustaining Creation" DVD series from the national UCC's Rev. Terry Gallagher. We will continue to distribute the series and in January, we'll be adding other environmental-focused films to begin sending out to our SOC congregations.
CJN New Intern
Sarah Ogletree Ritter will be working with us January-May 2018. Sarah is a second-year divinity student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and a 2014 graduate of the the Sustainable Development program at Appalachian State University. She has worked closely with organizations like the United Methodist Women and the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina to establish relationships between communities of faith and movements of environmental justice. During her time at Wake Divinity, Sarah is concentrating her studies in Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being. She hopes to become a resource to both the church and her community regarding faith-based climate action and social justice advocacy.
The CJN team is praying along with all of you for the well-being of the victims of Hurricanes.
As we continue to pray for the victims of these environmental disasters, let us also listen closely to what Creation is telling us, and be mindful both of the part we ourselves are playing in its destruction -- and how we can change our actions toward protecting Creation.
Watch The Introduction to Sustaining Creation Series
Calendar of Events
"Grief and Hope: Addressing the Climate Crisis through Art, Contemplation, Conversation, and Practical Solutions"
Friday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m./Parkway UCC/Winston-Salem, 2151 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Please join the CJN and national UCC Environmental Curriculum Director/former Environmental Justice Minister Meighan Pritchard for this workshop exploring through multiple mediums our grief, and our hope, as we as people of faith engage the challenge of the climate crisis, and explore practical solutions to address it. Lunch will be served! We will welcome Meighan with a potluck at six p.m. on Thursday evening at Parkway, followed by her opening short, interactive presentation. All are welcome!
2017 Green the Church Summit
Monday-Wednesday, November 6-8, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
CN Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church
1421 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte
The 4th annual Green the Church Summit taps into the power and purpose of the African American church community and builds its capacity as centers for environmental resilience. Both clergy and lay people are encouraged to attend. Register today to empower and equip your congregation to create healthy and sustainable living practices. To register, click here. For more information, contact the Reverend Ambrose Carroll, Executive Director of Green the Church, at 510-383-0063.
Justice In A Changing Climate Celebration And Renewal
Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12
Community United Church of Christ
814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh
Join the United Church of Christ as they celebrate 10 years of their Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) work and recommit to its mission. This event will feature the Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte and Associate Minister at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Rev. Sadler will address opportunities within North Carolina and beyond for greener energy systems, strategies to achieve this system, and the resulting positive social and economic effects. For questions email the United Church of Christ at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 919-809-8850.
November 30th, Water Warriors and RPE and the ACP screening at United Church of Chapel Hill
Hosted by 350 Triangle, Clean Water for NC, United Earth Ministries at United Church of Chapel Hill, and Working Films. Nothing in this world can live without water. Join us for a free screening and discussion and presentation on Native American culture in NC for Native American Heritage Month.
Ongoing through December!
All We Want for Christmas/Kwaanza/Hanukka is NO ACP and clean energy!!! Postcard campaign, directed to Governor Cooper and a few staff members at NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Check out this link on the Appalachian Voices website, where you can download postcards to mail. Spread the word please!
December 21, Spiral of Light, 7-8:30 pm (The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain)
This is a powerful time of year for personal and community renewal. For this occasion we recreate a beautiful ritual call the Spiral of Light, which symbolizes the return of the light. We share a meditative lantern walk through the darkness; a sacred community fire; candles; warm drinks; music; sing songs of light, peace, and joy together; and share in ceremony. As ancient nature-honoring cultures came to realize, the darkness is a powerful time to honor. And so is the return of the light. This is such a beautiful nature-connective ritual that it has become an annual community tradition. More info and registration here. http://eco-institute.org/winter-solstice
Both events take place at Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516