Dear SOC friends and colleagues:

All blessings to each of you in this Easter season and spring’s unfolding of new life.

DEEPEST GRATITUDE — to our 92 participants and 7 presenters at the CJN’s “Creation Justice Pathways in NC” summit (co-sponsored by the NC Council of Churches) this past March, with special thanks to Rev. Craig Schaub, Cynthia Drew, and the Nurture Team at Parkway UCC, Winston-Salem, NC.

NEWS:  The Creation Justice Network welcomes our first intern, Paul Synder, a student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  To read more about Paul, please visit http://soc-ucc.org/2017/04/22/creation-justice-network-welcomes-our-first-intern-paul-snyder/

UPDATES:  Thanks as well to all clergy and lay people who signed on to NC Warn’s “Faith in Solar” campaign’s letter to Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy. The SOC’s Dr. Gary Smith, Rev. Nancy Ellison, and Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn have been working on the steering committee for “Faith in Solar” — an initiative to bring about  collaboration between Duke Energy and NC’s houses of faith who would like solar panels but cannot afford them.  Thus far 160 NC clergy have signed on, including many of you, and the letter will be sent to Lynn Good in the next few days.  Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this very important campaign for renewable energy and economic development in our state.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Earth Sunday, April 23rd:  Please send in your photos of your church’s Earth Sunday celebrations to krichdunn@gmail.com so they can be added to our Earth Sunday photo album!

People’s Climate March, Saturday, April 29th:  The UCC is marching on Washington, DC, for the protection and preservation of God’s Creation — please join us!  For comprehensive information about the march, as well as sister marches in North Carolina, please read UCC Environmental Justice Minister Brooks Berndt’s letter here: http://soc-ucc.org/2017/04/20/join-the-ucc-at-the-peoples-climate-march-april-29th/

Dr. Dan Vermeer at Parkway UCC, Tuesday, May 9th: Environmental Justice Forum: Closing The Energy Efficiency Gap

 Daniel Vermeer, Ph.D., will present an invitation to conversation entitled Closing the Energy Efficiency Gap, Tuesday, May 9, 7 pm, Parkway United Church of Christ, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. The presentation will address energy efficiency at both a household and an institutional level.   There will time for discussion following his presentation.

Vermeer is Associate Professor at Duke University’s School of Business and directs Duke’s Center for Energy, Development, and Global Environment.  He was recently in Winston-Salem to present at a Creation Justice Pathways in North Carolina retreat of the United Church of Christ.    “After Dr. Vermeer’s high energy presentation, most participants were left wanting more, and so we’ve invited him back to continue the conversation,” said Rev. Craig Schaub, pastor with Parkway UCC. Vermeer is a lead contributor to policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation.

For more information, contact 336-723-1395.

(Tentative schedule) CJN Working Group Retreat, Wednesday, May 24th:  Our working group will tentatively meet on the 24th at Parkway UCC in Winston-Salem, from ten a.m. till one p.m., to discuss upcoming initiatives.  If you would like to become a member of our working group, please join us!

Sacred River Sunday, June 11:  On this Sunday we will gather during or after worship to hold vigil for the sacred waters with which God has blessed each of our communities, many of which have been harmed by pollution and contamination.  Liturgy for indoor and outdoor services will soon be made available for those congregations who wish to participate in this time of prayer and healing for our rivers.

LOOKING AHEAD — TENTATIVE EVENTS SCHEDULE:

September 2017:  Sacred Earth film festival

September/October 2017:  Creation Justice Network retreat weekend, date and location TBA!

Blessings to each of you, as we work together to ensure the sanctity of God’s beloved Creation, and the well-being of all God’s beloved children.  With much more to come,

Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn