NEWS/UPDATES:
The “Faith in Solar” campaign continues to move forward, with FIS working group members meeting with Duke Energy officials in Charlotte in late June.  Please pray for a positive outcome for this meeting, as our SOC and other NC clergy work toward providing affordable solar panels for NC’s houses of worship.
We should have further details on the UCC’s newly formed partnership with 350.org after General Synod — stay tuned!  To read more about the collaboration: https://350.org/ucc-partner/  If you’d like to stand with 350.org in support of the Paris Climate Agreement, go to : http://act.350.org/sign/paris-response?akid=s471013..HeqkXJ
 
Summer Calendar of Events:
 
Sacred River Sunday Vigil, Sunday, June 11: The first of what we hope will become an annual SOC event, the Sacred River Sunday vigil is our way of honoring the sacred waters that are the lifeblood of our communities — one of God’s greatest gifts to us — yet which have so often been degraded and contaminated through human greed and carelessness. For a copy of this 15-minute liturgy (which can be held indoors or out), see attachment below.
 “From the Ashes” screening, June 16 and June 23: Join Parkway UCC on Thursday, June 16, 6:30 p.m., and FirstCUCC/Asheville, Friday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. for the NCIPL-sponsored documentary From the Ashes (80 minutes), which captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration.  From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.(NOTE: Community Church of Raleigh may also be holding a screening of the film — stay tuned!)
 
Testifiers’ and legislative phone bank teams training sessions/early August:  We are hoping to have three training sessions — in Asheville, the Piedmont, and the Research Triangle area — for those of you who signed on to be volunteer members of our newly created CJN testifiers’ and phone bank teams during the first week of August, with representatives from Southern Environmental Law Center as presenters. Dates/locations TBA!
 
With all blessings —
 
The Creation Justice Network