Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

Rabbi offers Hanukkah wisdom for Climate Change

Today will mark the 6th night of Hanukkah and as we face the predictions of darkened skies for an upcoming snowstorm in Western North Carolina our awareness of our need for Light at this time is deepened. Rabbi Arthur Waskow shares wisdom from the Jewish faith tradition as we seek light not only in snow storms or dark times in our history but also during this unique era of climate change.

“The first night of Hanukkah comes three days after the Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, when the sun is at its darkest and the night at its longest. It is during this time of darkness that we kindle a growing array of lights. Likewise, as we face the darkness of the current environmental crisis on our planet, it’s also the time to bring the power of our light to bear.” Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Read more about his work and invitation to address climate here.

Photo by Gil Dekel

Solar 101 for Faith Communities/CCA Gathering

November 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  Light meal will be served.
First Baptist Church
5 Oak St, Asheville, NC 28801
Let us know you are coming here. 

Solar 101 for Faith Communities. Learn from experts, congregational leaders, Susannah Tuttle, the Director of NC Interfaith Power and Light, and community leaders as we explore ways for faith communities to unleash the power of the sun. We will be coming together to share compassion and ideas and learn about creation care work. We will share about CCA and community events and work. If you are connected to a faith community, a green team or creation care team member, clergy, or are interested in learning more about creation care in Western North Carolina this meeting is for you!  We are grateful to have representatives from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville and First Christian in Black Mountain join us as well to share their solar stories.

Fast and Prayer for Climate Nov. 12-21

Rev. Laura Collins offered prayers on Monday to support Dr. Steve Norris in his Thanksgiving fast for people and creation as we face climate change.  He plans to fast for 10 days and will be present at Vance Monument from about 7:30 am to sundown each day.  Please consider joining him for conversation and/or to offer solidarity. You may also plan to fast or pray from where you are and let him know you are with him.  Each day at noon there will be a blessing read or prayer offered.

You can see News coverage of the first day as reported by WLOS 

“Gandhi fasted when he became desperate about what happened in India. I feel desperate about climate change,” Organizer Dr. Steve Norris said of the reasons behind the fasting and prayers.

Norris said his concerns have been growing as he watches natural disasters worsening.

You can learn more by contacting Steve at

Before the Flood Film in Morganton

Before the Flood Documentary Viewing
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio

November 11, 2:30pm
Morganton Public Library
204 S King St, Morganton, NC 28655

Free Admission
Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church and Burke County Public Library


7:30 PM on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave


ASHEVILLE, NC – With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes) leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution. Read More

Faith in (climate) crisis: Why Asheville should vote yes on renewable energy/ OPINION

CCA Director, Scott Hardin-Nieri, offered a Guest Editorial with the Citizen-Times on the eve of the City Council Vote on the 100% Renewable Energy Resolution.

“And just as I know it is necessary for faith communities to take bold, lasting steps to create a legacy of love for future generations, it is necessary for City Council to demonstrate bold leadership to avert climate chaos. That’s why I encourage Asheville City Council to vote yes on a resolution to transition city municipal operations to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.”

See the full article here.


Creation Care Alliance Pre-Gathering Celebration!

Collaborators, Supporters, Volunteers, and Friends join us for the
Creation Care Alliance Pre-Gathering Celebration!
Wednesday, October 24, 5:00-6pm Just before the Mountaintrue Fall Gathering
New Belgium Brewery (outside at the Liquid Center) 21 Craven Street

Wednesday, October 24, 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.

Clergy Retreat – Resilient Hearts and Communities Reconnect and Restore in the Mountains

Clergy Creation Care Retreat: Inspiring Your Congregation to Care For God’s Creation Sign up Here

Thursday, January 17, 2019,  8:15 AM- 6:00 PM
Christmount Conference Center, Black Mountain, NC.
(Discounted evening lodging on Wednesday and Thursday nights)

Designed with clergy in mind, this day-long retreat allows you to spend the day with a theologian, a climate scientist, soil scientist/story cultivator, as well as 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 of course, plenty of good food.This is a day-long event with snacks and lunch included. Come early and stay late!  Optional nights for discounted Sabbath-rate lodging at $60 per night on Wednesday and Thursday are available.

Featuring Dr. Norman Wirzba, Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School, Laura Lengnick from Cultivating Resilience, and climate scientist Deke Arndt.

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