The Creation Justice Network hopes you are enjoying the dog days of summer — and we are also hoping to see you at one of the following events this month:

Thursday, August 3, First Congregational UCC:  Earth Day in August!

Join the CJN at FirstCUCC with our co-sponsors, Transition Asheville and Creation Care Alliance of WNC, for two remarkable events:

Noon till 1:30:  “Lunch with the Southern Environmental Law Center: Advocacy Training” — For those of you who signed up for the CJN’s Public Testifiers and Phone Bank teams, this is for you.  Join Thomas Lodwick, attorney with SELC, for this presentation on the most pressing environmental issues currently facing North Carolina, and how we can become stronger advocates/voices of faith for Creation. Be sure to bring a brown bag lunch and your favorite beverage (and a friend) as well.

6:30 till 8:00:  “Energy, Prosperity, and Faith – Connecting the Dots” — United Church of Chapel Hill’s Dr. Dan Vermeer, director of Duke University’s Energy Development and the Global Environment Department, who will speak about how energy in its various forms powers modern life, and is tightly connected to our prosperity.  As we think about creating more sustainable energy systems, it is helpful to consider how we have evolved to our current state, and what choices we must make as we consider our energy future.  These choices are inherently ethical and spiritual.  The purpose of this talk is to highlight the connections between our faith and our energy choices, and consider how our faith might inform the evolution of our energy systems.


Friday, August 11, Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, Noon till l:30: “Lunch with Yadkin Riverkeeper Will Scott: Advocacy Training, Piedmont Session” (co-sponsored by RISE Together NC): This lunchtime brown bag presentation is the second in our series of public advocacy informational and training sessions.

Monday, August  14, United Church of Chapel Hill, Noon till l:30:  “Lunch with the Southern Environmental Law Center: Advocacy Training, Research Triangle Session” (co-sponsored by 350.Triangle group): Join SELC attorneys Mary Maclean Asbill and Brooks Rainey Pearson   for the  third in our series of public advocacy informational and training sessions.  Again, bring lunch, a drink, and a friend!


Our Creator also has a few events to share with us this month!  Don’t forget the meteor showers on Saturday evening, August 12th, and the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21!

And coming soon, in September:  The first ever CJN Film Festival: stay tuned for details.


The Faith In Solar campaign continues to move forward as faith leaders will hold their second meeting with Duke Energy this month.  Thanks to Rev. Nancy Allison, who will be attending, and representing.

If you haven’t yet read the Boston Globe article on the UCC’s General Synod resolution on climate change, please do so here: Click for Boston Globe article on UCC Emergency resolution on climate change


With gratitude and all blessings from the CJN Team