As spring emerges around us, some Christians are observing the season of Lent, a 40-day period of sacrifice and preparation prior to Easter Sunday. While Easter is a celebration of new life, forgiveness, and wholeness, Lent takes on a more introspective and somber tone, reflecting the defining moments in the wilderness in the early stories of Jesus. The beginning of this period is marked by Ash Wednesday, when ashes are placed on the foreheads of the gathered to indicate grief, humility and repentance. Ash Wednesday blessings often use the words: “Remember, you are from dust and to dust you return.” Men, women, children, babies, students, executives, coal miners, bartenders, everybody who chooses to receive ashes on their foreheads at this time are reminded of the fragility, gifts and natural cycles of life. Read More
CCA Intern, Sarah Ogletree and Asheville High School Student, Abbey Ende wrote a column for the Asheville Citizen-Times regarding coal and hopes for the future. They wrote:
“To address the complicated social, environmental, and economic issues of coal in America, we must hear from multiple sides of the story. We must listen to the Read More
The Creation Care Alliance of western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service and advocacy.
We live out the service component of our mission by organizing regular volunteer workdays open to our members and the general public. Examples of service projects we have conducted in the past include non-native invasive plant removals, community garden improvements, planting live stakes along rivers to prevent sediment erosion, and more. We advertise our upcoming service workdays on our event calendar and we hope you’ll take a look and see if you are available to join us soon to live out our faith by giving back to our community and helping steward creation.
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service and advocacy.
We work with many partner organizations, faith leaders and topic area experts to host educational events and share information and resources with our supporters. Examples of nationally renowned leaders in the movement for climate justice who we have invited to Asheville for events include Kathering Heyhoe, Tim DeChristopher, and John Frey. We also each year host panel discussions as a part of the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC where we bring an inter-faith perspective to discussions on current climate change issues. Check out our events calendar to see upcoming opportunities to learn with us or visit our resource page to access valuable information you can use in working within your own community to advance creation care.
Join us for an educational program to learn about ways you can care for creation.