I quickly told him about you and the many other people and congregations who are seeking right relationship with people, planet, and the Divine.
This Friday, youth in Western North Carolina will join a growing movement of teenagers and children who are seeking to accelerate progress on climate action. The rallies, marches and school strikes in the US represent just a fraction of the global action, with young voices being lifted in forty countries. Youth as well as adults have been inspired by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish student whose weekly school strikes have won a global following. Greta’s decision to skip school and bike to Stockholms’ Parliament House with a hand painted “School Strike for Climate” sign reveals a growing impatience with the current leadership and continues to inspire tangible change. Among the many powerful demands from the US students that resonate with me are the calls for “an equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change and an equitable transition for fossil-fuel reliant communities to a renewable economy.”
We know that the young people who are courageously speaking out this week are among those with the most to lose in the years and decades to come. I am standing in solidarity with them this week, and encourage young people and adult allies to attend the Asheville Climate Strike Rally in Pritchard Park on March 15 at 4:30.
We cannot do this work alone and recognize that human and ecological connections are at the root of our future. Tonight the “Hidden Life of Trees” book study at Jubilee at 6pm will give you some time with like-minded and hearted humans. If not tonight, see below for other ways to connect.
- Hidden Life of Trees Book Study-Starts Tuesday
- Green Drinks in Hendersonville-March 14
- Stations of the Cross Prayer Walk- March 23-Register soon.
- Rainforest Missionary-March 24 at St. Eugene’s
- Climate UN Negotiations simulation-March 31
- CCA Eco Challenge Team /Drawdown Registration Open
- Earth Day Vigil at First Baptist Church- April 28
Jubilee Community, 46 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801 Sign up Here.
Are trees social beings? What does science tell us about how they interact? How does this change the way we interact with them? Join us as delve deep into these questions and discover the unexpected complexity of forest communities as we read the international bestseller, The Hidden Life Of Trees by forester & author Peter Wohlleben. In this 6-week book study, MountainTrue and the Creation Care Alliance will explore the forest communities of Wohlleben’s book and bring in local experts to expand our knowledge of forests here in WNC.
Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri will focus on the ways faith communities in Western North Carolina have come together to care for people, forests and rivers and how these efforts are born from the seeds of morality, compassion and love found in many faiths.
Way of the Cross-An Ecumenical Prayer Service-FreeRegistration Deadline is Friday.
March 31, 5:30-7:30pm
First Congregational Church
20 Oak St, Asheville, NC 28801 Sign up Here
Join the Creation Care Alliance and MountainTrue as we share the Climate Interactive’s World Climate Role Playing Experience in collaboration with theCollider’s Climate City Expo Faith Track. This will be an interactive experience that explores global poverty, power, politics and spirituality. This role-playing activity provides participants with an intimate and interactive experience with U.N. Climate negotiations by allowing them to take on the role of various stakeholders and try and address the most pressing climate-related issues we face today. Learn more about World Climate here. Light food and beverages will be provided. You can see a short video of the basis for this experience here.
Eco Challenge Project Drawdown
April 3-21 Join the Growing Creation Care Alliance team or create your own congregational team. The Drawdown EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions that make a difference for you, your community, and the planet. Over 100 actions within nine Challenge categories provide participants with diverse options to take action. Challenge categories include waste, food, health, transportation, energy, community, nature, water, simplicity and “create your own”.