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 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 Katharine Hayhoe, Tim DeChristopher, and John Frey. In partnership with The Wake Forest School of Divinity, we are hosting a Clergy Retreat with Dr. Norman Wirzba. We have hosted 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. We also offer two experiences with a youth focus with Mission: Earth and the SOIL Conference. Check out our events calendar to see upcoming opportunities to learn with us or visit our resource page to access the valuable information you can use in working within your own community to advance creation care.
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