Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

Cool Communities Book Study: Living the Low-Carbon Life

Cool Communities: Living the Low-Carbon Life  SPACE LIMITED– RSVP Here

Tuesdays, September 24th-October 15th, 2019 6:30 PM –  8:00 PM ET  

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801 

Join us as we translate our care for our Earth and climate into specific actions to reduce our carbon footprints. Individual actions count, and they are so much easier to make when others are doing it with you. The Low Carbon Diet is an easy-to-use guide that will show you, step by step, how to dramatically reduce your carbon dioxide output in just a month’s time. By making simple changes to actions you take every day, you’ll learn how to reduce your annual household carbon footprint by at least 15%. That translates into savings for you and saving Creation. In this 4-week small group class, we will take actions each week and report back the following week. The workbooks are provided. Sign up here.  Class size is limited to 15. For more information, contact Jane at janelaping@sbcglobal.net.

Cellist Judith Glixon was on Blue Ridge Public Radio this morning

Cellist Judith Glixon was on Blue Ridge Public Radio this morning discussing “One Cello, One Planet,” her solo cello concert series highlighting the urgency of climate change.

Glixon’s tour has stops in Black Mountain, Tryon, Hendersonville and Asheville this month, and proceeds will benefit the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. There’s still time to get your tickets here:

https://creationcarealliance.org/…/one-cello-one-planet-co…/

Wild Goose Festival 2019 Reflections

The Creation Care Alliance was part of the rich ecosystem of the Wild Goose Festival again this summer in Hot Springs. Our team hosted table conversations and workshops about climate change and creation care for faith communities, using our Guide for Cultivating Creation Care, as a basis for our work.  We prayed with one another, played with one another and were moved by the profoundly deep connections among those teaching about spirituality, anti-racism, ecological healing, economic and social justice. Several times our team heard gratitude from participants for our presence and for more voices to be heard regarding the environment and faith.  The Mountaintrue Outings Coordinator, Catie, provided amazing leadership for a robust volunteer team attending to the transportation needs of guests and musicians.

A Personal Reflection.  On the last day, as I listened to Rev. Brian McClaren I was struck by the conversation about holding the tension between being prophetic and pastoral.  Read More

Two Concerts Left! One Cello, One Planet: Music, Science, and Spirituality- Radio Interview and Video Reflection Below

Cellist Judith Glixon Returns to WNC for Tour Supporting Creation Care and Climate Action. She was on Blue Ridge Public Radio discussing “One Cello, One Planet,” her solo cello concert series highlighting the urgency of climate change. Listen Here.

Glixon’s tour has 2 more stops in Hendersonville and Asheville this weekend, and proceeds will benefit the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. There’s still time to get your tickets here:

Judith Glixon, a former Asheville resident who was once the principal cellist with the Asheville Symphony and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra, is returning to WNC to perform a series of solo cello concerts highlighting the urgency of climate change. Proceeds will support the work of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC, a program that empowers faith organizations to act on climate change.  

“The goal of the tour is three-fold,” says Glixon. “It’s to raise awareness about the urgency of our changing climate; to inspire people to act; and to raise funds for organizations like the Creation Care Alliance of WNC whose primary mission addresses climate change.” Read More

Creation Care Alliance Launches Guide to Help Spiritual Communities and People of Faith to Act on Behalf of Our Planet

 The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina has launched the Guide to Cultivating Care for Creation – a new resource for churches, spiritual communities and people of faith looking for tangible ways they can act on behalf of our neighbors and Creation. The Guide was featured in an article in Blue Ridge Now.

The Guide to Cultivating Care for Creation was put together with the help of local members of WNC’s faith communities and is a culmination of congregational wisdom, science, sustainability, prayer, educational theory, and ecology.  CCA intern Holly Cunningham has been working to compile this wisdom and create a toolkit which can be used by anyone wishing to go deeper into the work of loving their neighbors by caring for the earth. Her passion for sustainability and environmental justice, guided by the CCA and MountainTrue team, fueled this project and helped bring it to fruition.   Read More

CCA to present at the Wild Goose Festival!

The Creation Care Alliance will have the privilege to share some of our work to a wider national audience at the Wild Goose Festival this Summer.  The Wild Goose Festival is a Spirit, Justice, Music and Arts Festival hosted in Hot Springs, NC July 11-14th.  The Creation Care Alliance will be offering “Creation Care: Practicing Love-Practical Seeds for Change” outlining our Creation Care Toolkit.   The team will also offer “Role Playing for a Healthy Planet-Climate Interactive.”  We are excited to collaborate with North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light and to connect with one another and the incredible wealth of wisdom and creativity sure to be present at the Goose!  See more below about details.  

Also if you are interested in volunteering to help support Wild Goose through a CCA Collaborative effort email Scott@creationcarealliance.org or Sign up here.

WHAT IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?

It’s a place where all kinds of people come together, not only to hear great music and incredible speakers, but also to dive into lively conversations with thought leaders, writers, dreamers, artists, visionaries, social justice activists, peace-makers…the ones you’ll find on the official program, and the ones you might meet while just getting lunch or hanging out by the river. It’s also a place where you can be a spectator, but where you can be a co-creator as well. A place where we affirm the creativity in all of us, and opportunities to make art and music, to tell stories and take in stories, can be found around every corner.

It’s transformational, experiential, it’s a sing and dance and play and dream and eat and camp and meditate and talk and listen and twirl-you-around-and-shake-you-up gathering, born out of the “Wild Goose” spirit metaphor which is all about beauty, grace, and yes, unpredictability. We also take inspiration from events such as, GreenbeltBurning ManLightning In a Bottle and SXSW.

It is a place where all are welcome. Seriously, ALL. Because we are rooted in a progressive Christian tradition, we welcome you, whatever your age, race, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious tradition, disabilities, different abilities, whether you have money or not, whether you have a degree or not, whether you have a strong faith or no faith, or perhaps a billion questions about faith, whether you have a home or not, whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, everyone is welcome here. Even eye-rolling teenagers. And rambunctious little kids. Rambunctiousness is, in fact, encouraged. We welcome all to come and seek the common good together.

PRACTICING SHALOM IN OUR TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

PRACTICING SHALOM IN OUR TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Crouch Chapel First Baptist Church of Asheville 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801 ca.net

We are happy to present this 4-part series for our church and our community to examine climate change. We will consider its effects on our world, and explore the role of our Christian faith in response.
Join us as leaders share their expertise.

April 24 – “Living in this time of Climate Change”
Deke Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Branch, National Center for Environmental Information, NOAA
From his experience as a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Deke will speak to us about the recent report from the National Climate Assessment, helping us understand major points of interest. Additionally, he will speak to conditions we might expect in the Southeastern US with regard to climate change. We are fortunate to have Deke share his scientific expertise with us.

 

May 1 – “Practicing Shalom in Climate Change”

Rev. Nancy Sehested, Co-pastor, Circle of Mercy Congregation

Nancy will lead us in an exploration of the relationship between our faith and climate change. glean from our Scriptures that speak to this issue? How are we then called to respond?

May 8 – “Asheville Responds”

A Panel of Local Leaders:
Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons Project, Coordinator
Dawn Chavez, Asheville Greenworks, Director
Scott Hardin-Nieri, Mountain True, Director of Creation Care Alliance

What can we learn from these community leaders, we will learn of their e orts in Asheville and Buncombe County to mitigate climate change. Additionally, they will help us know ways we can participate with them or on an individual basis to make a positive difference in combating climate change.

 

May 15 – “First Baptist Responds”   Dr. Mack Dennis, Pastor

Mack will give an overview of ways our church has already taken steps to reduce our energy consumption and live more sustainably. Where do we go from here? Mack will share ideas that are being explored and visions for our future of ways we can help as we live in this time of climate change.

Project Drawdown Workshop-Hendersonville

On April 16, MountainTrue, the Creation Care Alliance of WNC and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Henderson County are proud to co-sponsor the Introduction to Project Drawdown workshop – a workshop sharing what international researchers have identified as the one-hundred most impactful solutions to reverse climate change. The event will be held from 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the Morris Kaplan Auditorium in the Henderson County Library.

This event is designed for individuals and groups who are ready to identify personal and family solutions to global warming that are within reach, and/or have an interest in working with community organizations and local governments to implement climate solutions and policies. Social and eco-justice advocates Pam and Charley Rogers will lead the workshop.

The workshop is based on the book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reduce Global Warming, edited by environmentalist Paul Hawken. The book features the work of more than 200 researchers and scientists who have mapped, measured and modeled the top 100 solutions to reverse global warming, concluding that we can begin a reversal of greenhouse gases by 2050 using existing technologies.