Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

Creation Care Fall Hike with CCA and MountainTrue

BearWallow Mountain  sign up here
December 4, 9-noon.  
Join us for a contemplative fall hike up Bearwallow mountain.
This easy-to-moderate trail climbs one mile through lovely mountain forest, and opens up onto a large grassy field at the top. This spectacular summit will be the site for some guided reflection before looping back down the mountain. MountainTrue’s Forest Keeper Coordinator, Rhys Burns, will offer some ecological insights along the hike, and Creation Care Alliance director Scott Hardin-Nieri will provide some spiritual context around caring for our ecological neighbors. We will hope to catch some fall colors, but the view is outstanding regardless. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 (after hopefully carpooling from town!) and get everyone back to town by noon. Please bring water (1L recommended), snacks, layers, sturdy shoes, and anything else needed to enjoy a lovely fall morning outside.
Let us know you are coming- Sign up here.
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Creation Care Regional Retreat Feb. 7-8, 2020- Registration is Open

Creation Care Retreat 2020-Register Here

Resilience and Restoration in the Mountains 
February 7, 12:30-6pm (Designated for Clergy)
February 8, 8:30-5:30pm (all creation care advocates and leaders)
Montreat, NC

Designed with creation care volunteers and clergy in mind, this retreat allows you to spend the day with a theologian, a climate scientist, a forest biologist, and local colleagues and pastoral innovators. Whether you’re new to creation care or a long-time advocate, you’ll gain new language and tools to inspire your congregation to care for the environment, interwoven with space for rest, relationship, prayer and good food.

Our conversations will be supported by
Dr. Emily Askew, Associate Professor of Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary
Deke Arndt, Climate Scientist
Rev. Carol Devine, Pastor and Green Chalice Innovator,
Josh Kelly, Public Lands Biologist
Karim Olaechea, Communication Director
Catie Morris, Social Media advisor
Sarah Ogletree,  NCIPL Program Coordinator and climate advocate
Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of Creation Care Alliance and Green Chalice Assoc. Minister

Proposed workshop topics include:

  • Hope in times of challenge
  • Creating and Sustaining a Creation Care team
  • Next Steps for Creation Care
  • Food and Faith
  • Faithfully Exploring Solar
  • Creation Care in Prayer and Liturgy
  • Communication for change (Social Media and print media storytelling and advocacy)

COST: One day= $25 Two days=$40
Group Discount: Pay only $15 per person if 3 or more from same congregation
(Snacks and Saturday breakfast and lunch included)
Register here.  www.creationcarealliance.org or email questions to scott@creationcarealliance.org

Register at www.creationcarealliance.org or email questions to scott@creationcarealliance.org

Youth, Faithful action and Climate Concerns: Mission Earth 2019

70 Middle School and High School aged youth & adults from seven local congregations (Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Circle of Mercy, First Congregational, Grace Baptist, First Presbyterian Church, the Cathedral of All Souls, and Land of the Sky UCC) came together Sunday to put their faith into action at several mission sites: Root Cause Farm, 12 Baskets Cafe, Haw Creek Commons, and MountainTrue’s Sandy Bottom Forest Wetland project. Grateful for the partnership with Asheville Youth Mission and Michael Poulos! As part of our time together we learned about justice/mercy, social transformation and reflected in small groups.

Here are some of the reflections of the day.
Where they saw mercy, justice or glimpses of God…
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First United Methodist, Waynesville Launches a Creation Care Ministry!

First United Methodist Church of Waynesville is launching a Creation Care Ministry this month.  Read this beautiful theological celebration Blog Post by Rev. Keith Turman. 

“FUMC Waynesville has always had a heart full of love for the humans around us, but we also have a growing passion to be faithful caretakers of the creation around us. We love our mountains and streams—the seas and dry land. And we love the swimmers, flyers, grazers and creeping things that inhabit the good places God spoke into being at the genesis of all things. This love and concern for our planet, and a deep desire to save it, has caused the transformation of our Green Team. Creation Care Ministries will launch in October. It’s a new beginning.”

Recommended Ecology Books for Children and Youth-Guest Blog from NCIPL

Celebrate National Book Month with these Stories & Resources

In honor of National Book Month, we at NCIPL have compiled this list of books dealing with climate and environmental issues for children and young adults. Here you will find resources to educate the kids in your life about climate change, stories about environmental heroes and she-roes to inspire the youth in your world, and resources to help you and your family mobilize and take action to protect our one and only home.

Books connecting faith and ecology, in addition to a few texts to empower your teens, have also been included. We know that reading plays an enormous role in learning about our world, and we hope these resources will help guide you and your loved ones through important climate conversations. Happy reading from all of us at NCIPL! 

Educate: Chances are, the children in your life are already learning about climate change and related environmental challenges in school and elsewhere. But learning with you will make this often scary topic a bit less scary. Check out these great texts and consider how you can begin climate conversations in your own home.

  1. What is Climate Change? by Gail Herman
  2. The Lonely Polar Bear by Khoa Le
  3. The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole
  4. Bee & Me by Alison Jay
  5. Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe by Chelsea Clinton
  6. Save the Ocean by Bethany Stahl
  7. Somebody Swallowed Stanley  by Sarah Roberts
  8. A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife by Caroline Arnold
  9. The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World & Its Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky
  10. What A Waste: Trash, Recycling, & Protecting Our Planet  by Jess French

Inspire: Consider the incredible work of environmentalists the world over by checking out the below texts! Help the children in your life discover these worthy environmental heroes and she-roes. Doing so will inspire them and give them hope. It will likely do the same for you.

  1. Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson
  2. Who Was Rachel Carson? By Sarah Fabiny
  3. Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement by Stephanie Roth Sisson
  4. Our House is On Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter
  5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
  6. Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted a Million Trees by Franck Prevot
  7. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul
  8. Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  9. Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet by Valentina Camerini
  10. The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree Loving Lady Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hawkins

Mobilize: Having learned about climate change and the many challenges facing our world, commit to helping the kids in your life take action in the ways they see fit. There are many ways to work for a more sustainable and just future. These books contain great ideas and starting points for your kids and your family as a whole!

  1. Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories & Environmental Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto
  2. Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
  3. 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
  4. Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits & Vegetables by Ben Raskin
  5. Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil from Scraps by Ben Raskin
  6. Don’t Throw That Away by Lara Bergen
  7. The EARTH Book by Todd Parr
  8. Up in the Garden, and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  9. Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future with 20 Projects by Joshua Sneideman
  10. 365 Ways to Live Green by Sheri Amsel

Faith & Environment: While you’re at it, consider adding these texts to your congregational library or incorporating them in your children’s ministry. These are great resources connecting faith and environmental action.

  1. Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson
  2. Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
  3. Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood
  4. Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood

For Teens: These texts would make a great addition to your teen’s library. The first three are written by well-known youth climate activists.  The last text is a parable adopted from Kenyan environmentalist, Wangari Maathai. Share these with the teen in your life and empower them to act on climate.

  1. Youth to Power: Your Voice & How to Use It by Jamie Margolin
  2. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
  3. We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
  4. Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Creation Care Alliance Gratitude Celebration!

Collaborators, Supporters, Volunteers, and Friends join us for the
Creation Care Alliance Pre-MountainTrue Gathering Celebration!
Wednesday, October 23, 5:00-6pm Just before the Mountaintrue Fall Gathering
New Belgium Brewery (outside at the Liquid Center) 21 Craven Street

 

cca celebration 2018 group

Wednesday, October 23, people will come together for the MountainTrue Fall Gathering,  friends of Creation Care Alliance are invited to a special pre-event at the New Belgium Liquid Center just a little bit before the larger gathering so we can celebrate together the work of compassion and love that continues to grow. Come hear good news stories, say hello to CCA Steering team and friends, then if you are planning on heading to the MountainTrue Members Gathering at 6pm we will walk over together to the Brewhouse to continue the celebration with the greater MountainTrue community. Come just to the CCA Celebration or stay for 2 celebrations. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

More about the MountainTrue Gathering Below.

Stronger Together: MountainTrue’s 2019 Annual Gathering

October 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The MountainTrue event is free to all MountainTrue members. If you’re not a current member but would like to attend, complete this form and become a member today for only $30. To check and see if your membership is current, click here.

“…A Few Things Happened” Guest Blog from Rev. Selena Wright

We share this story with deep gratitude for the work of Climate Interactive and Rev. Selena Wright.

A story of ongoing ripples of grace, healing, and justice from a colleague in ministry. Recently while at a clergy retreat, my friend Selena shared a story of impact from a thinly attended after-hours World Climate workshop led by Scott back in 2017.  Her congregation’s story was a powerful reminder that we rarely get to know the full impact of our work. May you get glimpses of grace like this every once in a while. 

Guest Blog: Rev. Selena Wright 

At the 2017 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I attended the Green Justice Global Climate Simulation created by Climate Interactive. Although my church, Kirk of Bonnie Brae United Church of Christ is very committed to Green Justice, I learned so much at this event, I wanted to share it with my congregation. In 2018 Earth Day was on a Sunday, so our Green Justice Team decided to host the World Climate simulation after worship. We invited other nearby churches who were in some ways involved with Green Justice efforts. We had members of UCC churches as well as UU and Presbyterian churches present.

It was not me but two members,  Ann Karlberg and Paul Kriesher (pictured below) of our Green Justice team who are both deeply committed to this work, who led the event.

Following the simulation, a few things happened…. Read More

Pause that Disrupts- Letter to the Editor

This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Time on Saturday, September 13, 2019. Many thanks to the collective wisdom of Eliza Stokes, Maureen Linneman, Karim Olaechea, and Mary and Kevin Bates.

A Pause that Disrupts

On Friday, September 20 at 5:30 at Pack Square, we at the Creation Care Alliance of WNC will step out of business as usual. At the invitation of young people across the globe, and in solidarity with Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, we will join with the Youth Climate Strike in support of massive global climate action so the next generation can inherit a livable earth.

We need this holy disruption — a pause that transforms and reorients us toward life.

Indeed, this practice of stopping for the sake of life is as ancient as it is new. Many faith traditions encourage us to step out of normal routines and into a holy pause that renews our relationships with one another, creation and the Divine. In our faith tradition this practice is called Sabbath.

On the Sabbath we stop consuming, listen deeply and turn toward the sacred — facing the greater truths that lie beneath the clutter of compulsive and busy lives.

But we must follow such contemplation with action. In the current climate crisis, we cannot wait for others to do the hard work of addressing the ecological and social challenges of our day on our behalf. Instead, we must act with urgency on behalf of creation, our children and the most vulnerable among us.

So, we invite you to take a pause with us on September 20, to notice what it allows to come to the surface, and to follow such contemplation with intentional action — for the sake of life.

Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri and Rev. Kevin Bates of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC.  The Creation Care Alliance of WNC is a program that inspires people of faith in WNC to act on climate change.

LTE A Pause that Disrupts