Dear friends:

In last month’s newsletter, the CJN team were praying along with all of you  for the well-being of the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Now, at the end of September, we see the human suffering and devastation wrought by Irma and Maria.  As we continue to pray for the victims of these environmental disasters, let us also listen closely to what Creation is telling us, and be mindful both of the part we ourselves are playing in its destruction — and how we can change our actions toward protecting Creation.
 
What’s new:
 
-The CJN/SOC featured in the national UCC’s Three Great Loves/Love of Creation video campaign! Please take a look at this three-minute video produced by Blessed Tomorrow/EcoAmerica in support of the UCC’s Love of Creation campaign — you’ll not only hear a powerful and uplifting message, you’ll also see a number of very familiar faces from the CJN/SOC team!  UCC/ecoAmerica video
-CJN Film Festival: This past month we kicked off our Film Festival by sending out the UCC-sponsored DVD series “Sustaining Creation” to a number of our SOC folks, including: FirstCUCC/Asheville; Parkway UCC/Winston;  United Church of Chapel Hill; Union Chapel/Burlington; Hillsborough UCC; Maple Temple UCC/Raleigh; Community UCC/Raleigh. (If you see your church’s name on the list but haven’t yet received your DVD, don’t worry — it will soon be arriving!). We will continue to share the DVD over the next several months.  We also ask that you share the Three Great Loves/Love of Creation video, above, with your congregations to spread news of this wonderful campaign.
-Faith in Solar campaign: Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler and Rev. Nancy Allison met with Duke Energy staff again to discuss the possibility of Duke providing solar panels for NC’s houses of worship who cannot afford to install them.  The conversation was positive and encouraging.  We will have more news on the FIS campaign in the next week or so, so stay tuned.
 
Calendar of Events:
 
Saturday, October 7: WNC Association Annual Gathering, Abernethy Laurels:  Rev. Craig Schaub of Parkway UCC/Winston-Salem will present on the Creation Justice Network.
 
Friday, November 3: “Taking Your Congregation to the Next Level of Creation Care,” Parkway UCC/Winston-Salem:  The CJN welcomes Meighan Pritchard, curriculum minister for the national UCC, who will lead us in an intensive workshop on how we as people of faith can more deeply engage the work of addressing climate change and caring for God’s gift of Creation.  We’ll kick off with a potluck supper on Thursday night, followed by this day-long retreat from 9:00 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. There will not be registration for the event, but we invite you to email us at this address.  Please join us!
 
November 6-8, Green the Church 4th Annual Summit, Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church: Green the Church is an organization of African American congregations and faith leaders working together to address climate change and global renewal.  This summit will focus on innovative approaches to racial, economic, and environmental equity.  For more information, see: http://greenthechurch.org/.
On behalf of the CJN team, all blessings to each of you —