Friday, August 11, 2017

8/17 CCC: Enviro. Quotes, Dates, Books, Media, etc.

8/17 Creation Corner Column: Enviro. Quotes, Dates, Books, Media, etc.

Quote of the Month:

"The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language" says Prof. Gerardo Ceballos, lead researcher for the study concluding that billions of animal populations have been lost, a "biological annihilation", amounting to a sixth mass extinction.

This is a "frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization", according to the study in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Earth Overshoot Day of August 2, 2017

This is the estimated date humans have overdrawn the planet's natural resource budget this year.  It takes more than 20 months to regenerate what's depleted in a year.  Source: Global Footprint Network.  This USA Today Snapshot asks: "What will you do to #movethedate?  The date arrives earlier each year.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting the US EPA the authority to regulate global warming pollution in the case of Massachusetts v. EPA (2007).

1967-2017 the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Defense Fund whose motto is "Finding the ways that work."

Documentary Film of the month:

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.  Al Gore.

Religious book of the month:

Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril.  edited by Lisa E. Dahill and Jim B. Martin-Schramm.  Foreword by Bill McKibben.

"The" Books of the Month:

The 50 Greatest Walks of the World.  Barry Stone.
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. Richard Dawkins & Yan Wong.
The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years.  Robert M. Thorson.
The Canada 150 Collection (many titles, Univ. of Toronto press).
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery.  Andrew Westoll.
The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships. Erika Ritter.
The Enigma of the Owl: An Illustrated Natural History. Mike Unwin and David Tipling.
The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession. Adam Leith Gollner.
The Human Eros: Eco-Ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence.  Thomas M. Alexander.
The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us.  Alice Roberts.
The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World.  Rowan Jacobsen.
The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action. edited by Alison Alkon and Julie Guthman.
The Paper Zoo: 500 Years of Animals in Art. Charlotte Sleigh.
The Poetic Species: A Conversation.  Edward O. Wilson & Robert Hass.
The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History.  Juan Pimentel, translated by Peter Mason.
The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains.  Edmund Stump.
The Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior.  Janine M. Benyus, Juan Carlos Barberis, illus.
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors.  David George Haskell.
The Water Book: The Extraordinary Story of Our Most Ordinary Substance. Alok Jha.
The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China.  Philip Ball.
The Way of the Hare.  Marianne Taylor.
The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology.  Thich Nhat Hanh.

Coloring Books: To inspire creation-consciousness while at the beach, lakeside, shorelines.

The Brilliant Colouring Book.  Arcturus.
The Kew Gardens Exotic Plants Coloring Book: Over 40 Beautiful Illustrations Plus Color Guides. Arcturus.
Floral Coloring Book: Beautiful Pictures from the Garden of Nature.  Arcturus.
Sacred Geometry Coloring Book.  Francene Hart.
Stained Glass Coloring Book: Luminous Designs to Personalize and Treasure.  Arcturus.
Vintage Coloring Book: Gorgeous Retro Patterns to Personalize and Keep.  Arcturus.

Other Media:

The Bird Collection (4 11x14-inch color prints and book).  Kathryn Hennessy & Victoria Wiggins, eds.
The Plants and Flowers Collection (4 11x14-inch color prints and book).  Kathryn Hennessy & Victoria Wiggins, eds.
Food Chains (DVD). Eric Schlosser & Eva Longoria.
Ocean Waves: 100% Pure Nature, Soothing, Pure.  (CD) Compass Productions.

Concluding Quote: "What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself.  Mollie Beattie.

Earlier columns may be found at http://lutheransrestoringcreationblog.blogspot.com .

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

7/17 CCC: Books, Media, Events, Quotes, Links

July 2017 Creation Corner Column: Books and other media, events, quotes, links
 
Books of potential interest to the reader:

The Age of Spiritual Machines. Ray Kurzweil.
The Art of Loading Brush (forthcoming).  Wendell Berry.
Chesapeake Country.  Eugene L. Meyer (author), Lucian Niemeyer (photographer).
Creating An Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams.
Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene.  Clive Hamilton.
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe.  Antony Loewenstein.
Dronescapes: The New Aerial Photography from Dronestragram.  Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, editor.
Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living. Annie Corrigan with Daniel Orr.
Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin.  Janet Biehl.
Energy Without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity.  David McDermott Hughes.
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World---And Us.  Richard O. Prum.
Gifford Pinchot: Selected Writings.  Edited by Char Miller
Global Environmental Politics.  Kate O'Neill and Stacy D. VanDeveer, Editors.
Henry David Thoreau: A Life.  Laura Dassow Walls.
The Hour of the Land.  Terry Tempest Williams.
Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History.  Edited by Stephen Bocking and Brad Martin.
Is Birdsong Music?: Outback Encounters with an Australian Songbird.  Hollis Taylor.
Land!  The Case for an Agrarian Economy (John Crowe Ransom).  Edited by Jason Peters.
Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World.  Mike Davis.
Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism.  Paul Wapner.
The New Agrarian Mind. Allan C. Carlson.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness.  Peter Godfrey Smith.
Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way it Does.  Philip Ball.
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim America's Native Culture. Chip Colwell.
Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life.  Adam Greenfield.
Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories From Turtle Island.  Edited by Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, David Gaertner, and Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hall.
Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future. Donald R. Prothero.
Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century.  John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins.
Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, 2nd edition.  Edited by Gary B. Ferngren.
Selling Local: Why Local Food Movements Matter. Jennifer Meta Robinson and James Robert Farmer.
Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World. Jacqueline Freeman.
Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City.  Robert Biel (free PDF Download).
Tales of an Ecotourist:  What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us about Climate Change.  Mike Gunter, Jr.
Thank You Fossil Fuels & Good Night: The Twenty-First Century's Energy Transition.  Gregory Meehan.
Thoreau and the Language of Trees.  Richard Higgins.
The Transhumanist Wager.  Zoltan Istvan
Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice.  Ched Myers, ed.; foreword by Denise M. Nadeau.
When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community (forthcoming).  Thomas Pearson.
Why Birds Sing.  David Rothenberg.
Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act.  Mark Harvey.
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Books on the theme of The Brave New World of Gene Editing:

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution.  Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg.
DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes.  Steven J. Heine.
The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids---and the Kids We Have.  Bonnie Rochman.
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Books by the same author:

David Helvarg:

50 Ways to Save the Ocean
Blue Frontier: Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness
The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea
The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide: The Blue Movement Directory
Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes
Saved the Seas: Hope, Heartbreak and Wonder in the Blue World

Other Media: 

Blue Frontier, and ocean conservation and policy group at www.bluefront.org .

Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music two-volume audio cd
Vol. 1, disc one: In Song and Shade (poetry readings by Wendell Berry; choral music/art songs composed by Andrew Mayfield.
Vol. 1, disc two: On Wendell's Farm (Berry poetry and Eric Bibb music)
Vol. 2, All the Earth Shall Sing (18 tracks of poetry readings and music)

Chasing Coral.  Documentary appearing on Netflix.

Christians and the Environment.  An eBook from Sojourners.  www.sojo.net also available at amazon.com .

Surf Your Watershed site by entering your zip code at www.epa.gov/surf
 
Events:

The 28th Annual Energy Fair: Clean Energy + Sustainable Living.  St. Paul, MN Sept. 9-10, 2017. 
www.TheEnergyFair.org .

Fate of the Earth Lecture Series, Oct. 11, 2017, Elizabeth Kolbert speaker (author of The Sixth Extinction), NYC.  Prior event, lecture by Bill McKibben, can be seen www.fateoftheearth.org .

Quotations:

More Americans now work in solar power than in all of America's coal mines, oil fields, and gas extraction operations combined."  Harvey Wasserman; he wrote Solartopia!: Our Green-Powered Earth, edits www.nukefree.org and his "Green Power & Wellness" radio show is at prn.fm.
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"Global warming is the biggest thing humans have ever done."  Bill McKibben of http://www.350.org .
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"Neither liberals nor conservatives have stood up to the ravaging of farmland by the industrial economy."  Wendell Berry.
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"In order to achieve the sort of limitlessness of the living world that we have begun to call 'sustainability,' strict limits must be observed."  Wendell Berry.

Wendell Berry's rewording of the Golden Rule: "Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you."
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Read
Think
Do
Repeat
....advice from The Christian Century magazine (subtitle is "Thinking Critically, Living Faithfully")
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The Works of Mercy                                The Works of War

Feed the Hungry                                        Destroy Crops and Land
Give Drink to the Thirsty                            Seize Food Supplies
Clothe the Naked                                       Destroy Homes and Villages
Visit the Sick                                              Scatter Families
Shelter the Homeless                                Contaminate Water
To Visit the Prisoners                                 Imprison Dissenters
To Bury the Dead                                       Inflict Wounds and Burns
Pray for the Living and the Dead               Kill the Living

....calligraphy graphic from The Catholic Worker monthly newspaper
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Religion that is pure and faultless (undefiled, genuine, acceptable) in the sight of God the Father means to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted (unstained, unspotted) by the world.  James 1:27

Note for discussion:  If we might use a modern understanding of pollution in this regard, we might very well begin with where we live: in our built environment and the pollution that ensues from within such.

For a recent summary of indoor air quality, derived from a summit between The Atlantic Magazine and the Dyson Corporation, see 

Of course if we consider the admonition as "refusing to let the world corrupt us", "remain uncorrupted by this world", or to "keep one's soul without defilement from the world", such an interpretation would lead us into a different discussion, beyond the scope intended here.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

6/17 CCC Summer Readings


June 2017 Creation Corner Column

Summer June Readings

God, Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of all the earth.  from Psalm 104
 
After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene.  Jedediah Purdy.
Archaeology's Footprints in the Modern World: Michael Brian Schiffer.
Audubon, On the Wings of the World.  Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer.
Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering.  Maurice Isserman.
The Crystal Reef: How Climate Change is Affecting Our Oceans (video). Cody Karutz.
Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science.  Edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss.
Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us.  Sara E. Gorman and Jack M. Gorman.
Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis.  Christopher D. Cook.
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  Paul Hawken, ed.
Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future.  David Grinspoon.
The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age.  David S. Abraham.
For the Love of All Creatures: The Story of Grace in Genesis.  William Greenway.
The Forest Unseen:  A Year's Watch in Nature.  David Haskell.
A Gathering of Larks: Letters to Saint Francis from a Modern-day Pilgrim.  Abigail Carroll.
George Washington Carver:  A Life.  Christina Vella.
The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea.  David Helvarg.
A Good That Transforms: How U.S. Culture Undermines Environmental Reform.  Eric T. Freyfogle.
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.  Amitav Ghosh.
The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.  Paul Gilding.
Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities.  Robert Pollin.
How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist.  Andrew Newberg.
Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bers in the Mountain West.  Michael J. Dax.
Journey of the Universe.  Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker.
Lighting the World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity to Everyone.  Jim Rogers.
Living With Lead: An Environmental History of the Coeur d'Alenes, 1885-2011.  Bradley D. Snow.
Making a Good Life: An Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction.  Katharine Dow.
My City Highrise Garden.  Susan Brownmiller.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.  Florence Williams.
The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies. Richard Heinberg.
Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.  Juliet Schor.
Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets.  Jessica Pierce.
Rust: The Longest War.  Jonathan Waldman.
Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition.  Charles Eisenstein.
A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design.  Nancy Jack Todd.
Science For Seminaries Video series (Am. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion).
Seed: The Untold Story (dvd documentary on importance of seed diversity). Vandana Shiva, Jane Goodall.
Solartopia: Our Green-Powered Earth.  Harvey Wasserman.
Stewart L. Udall: Steward of the Land.  Thomas G. Smith.
Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival.  Michael E. Webber.
Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.  Bill Nye.
The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age.  David Cloutier.
What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley.  Kim Cross.
The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice.  Winona LaDuke.

Two books re: Beauty are
Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty---An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother.  Kate Hennessy.
The Fight for Beauty:  Our Path to a Better Future.  Fiona Reynolds.

Titles by Antonia Juhasz:
Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill
The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry

Titles by George Monbiot:
Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea, and Human Life.
Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning.
How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature.

Titles by Jack Spencer:
This Land: An American Portrait (Photography). .
Native Soil (Photography).

From the archive:
1968 Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man.  Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
1969 The Chasm Ahead.  Aurelio Peccei.
1972 The Limits to Growth.  Dennis Meadows et al.
1988 The Collapse of Complex Societies.  Joseph Tainter.

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Reflection for discussion:  Some people seek to have "power over" nature (domination, exploitation), and some others are seen as loving nature ("nature worship", "tree huggers").  May we adapt the following quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., taken from his work In Search of Integrity, and reprinted in the recent issue of Annals of Earth (a publication of Ocean Arks International, vol. XXXV, number 1, 2017), to better understand the relationships of power and love as they apply to nature, the environment, God's creation.  Thus the result is an emphasis on environmental justice.  As has been remarked, we will save what we love, and we will not save what we do not love.

"Power without love
is reckless and abusive,
and love without power
is sentimental and anemic.
Power at its best is love
implementing the demands of justice,
and justice at its best
is power
correcting everything
that stands against love."

This final quotation from The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning, by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:  "Science is about explanation.  Religion is about meaning.  Science analyses, religion integrates."


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5/17 CCC: World Environment Day, Archives, Advocacy

Creation Corner Column

May 2017 Potpourri: World Environment Day (WED),  Archives and Advocacy

 "Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation."  Verse from the Hymn of Praise/Canticle. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978 Augsburg-Fortress Publishers, p. 61.

1.  "Connecting People to Nature" is the theme for the June 5th World Environment Day (WED), encouraging us to personally adopt a motto of "I'm With Nature".  Since the 1970s this global platform, and its different yearly theme, has helped raise awareness for taking action on urgent environmental issues, thus safeguarding nature.  The question for us is this:  Is our natural heritage at the heart of our identity, as a nation, state, county, city, municipality, bioregion, etc. 

The WED website www.worldenvironmentday.global provides toolkits, multimedia, news, theme information, etc.  The international Environmental  Sabbath initiative ("Give Earth a Rest") began in 1985, and was launched by a World Conference of Women.  It is raised up yearly the first Sunday of June (June 4, 2017).
 
2.  From the Archives:  In 2007 the Reader's Digest published a $30.00, 320 pg. book, entitled Global Warning: The Last Chance for Change about climate change (warming), prepared by Paul Brown.  It noted that the main cause of global warming was excessive emissions of Green House Gases (GHS) due to human activities.  During his year of research the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere went up 4 ppm.  Such continues to increase, and to avoid the worst effects we must keep the global warming increase down.

Regrettably, ten years later, some reports now say the December 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change seems outdated, for even if the emission limits goals of nations are achieved (and they are voluntary, lacking any binding enforcement mechanisms), climatologists expect a global warming of more than double the goal limit of the agreement.

The Reader's Digest book concludes with 30 pages of "What Can Be Done" suggestions.  You, the reader, are aware of such.  So if you are in awe of the power of the earth's climate and weather systems, be inspired to do something for climate change, and do it today.

As naturalist and veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is quoted as saying at the beginning of the book: "How could I look my grandchildren in the eye and say I knew about this and I did nothing."

3.  Advocacy Advice comes from many sources.  One from The Wilderness Society newsletter offers 8 ways of making your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Contact your members of Congress frequently, and at key times; attend town hall meetings and public forums; meet directly with your lawmakers; say thank you and applaud good actions; help rallies and protests succeed; organize your own event; use your social networks (FaceBook, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin, SnapChat, Twitter, WhatsApp, Youtube, etc.); and contribute to media coverage, such as newspaper letter-to-editor opportunities and urging coverage of an issue.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

4/17 CCC: Earth Month Rogation Readings

Friday, March 10, 2017

3/17 CCC: Climate Caretakers: Biblical, Scientific, Business

March 2017 Creation Corner Column

Climate Caretakers: Biblical, Scientific, Business

"The Good News is a 'lamp shining in a dark place.'"

John Elwood, of Climate Caretakers, combines biblical, scientific, and business approaches in his monthly Evangelical blog, www.BelovedPlanet.com , now in its 7th year.  It reflects his "hearing the gospel's call to care for an injured planet" as an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Covering such themes of faith, science, and justice, his resources list includes 24 on-line, 42 books and 5 videos.

Tracking CO2, now at over 400 ppm, is Earth's CO2 home page, https://www.co2.earth.
 
The https://www.desmogblog.com  is about the global warming misinformation campaign, and tries to clear the public relations pollution that clouds climate science.

Other recommended sites include Climate Progress, Skeptical Science, the U.S. Drought Monitor, EcoWatch, 350.org, etc.

Following Elwood's "Action" suggestions, one finds www.theRE100.org.  It notes what corporations do to reduce carbon emissions by pledging to use 100% renewable energy resources.  The private sector uses 1/2 of the world's electric consumption, and some of the most influential companies' pledges come from Walmart, P&G, Nike, Nestle, Microsoft, GM, Google, FB, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, etc.

www.TheRE100.org is brought to us by www.TheClimateGroup.org.   It works with businesses, governments, NGOs, etc., and the Carbon Disclosure Project (https://www.cdp.net/en) that motivates companies and cities to disclose their environmental impact, thus helping to drive sustainable economics.

Both of these are members on the www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org, urging 100s of investors and businesses to create a low carbon revolution.

One Coalition member, The B Team, goes beyond Plan A ("business as usual") to Plan B, for transparency and anti-corruption.  "B" corporations are conscientious, not just for sustainability and minimizing harm, but also for maximizing their positive impact.  Thus, people using business as a force for good. 

There is a news-stand magazine, "B", www.bthechange.com and BestForTheWorld  http://bftw.bthechange.com/ web sites.

Another Coalition member, www.ceres.org, works with advocates, investors and companies to integrate environmental and social considerations into business decision-making, the goal being sustainable prosperity.

"All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world.  I am always weaving it because it was once broken."  Anais Nin 
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This blog, seen at www.LutheransRestoringCreation.org began in March 2011, 6 years ago.  It originates with the newsletter of the Williamsport PA based United Churches of Lycoming County (UCLC) (www.uclc.org), where it began in 1997.  

The UCLC is a 70-year old ecumenical body partnering with 180 congregations, engaged in ministries such as the Shepherd of the Street, Food Pantry, Campus Ministry, Fuel Bank, Devotion Line, newspaper sermons, broadcasting,  institutional worship services (825+), social concerns advocacy, monthly print and on-line newsletter, interfaith outreach dialogue network, community ministeriums cooperative services, etc.

Its director is Baptist minister Rev. Gwen N. Bernstine.  The late Lutheran pastor Rev. Dr. Alton Motter (d. Aug. 5, 2003 at age 95), author of Ecumenism 101: A Handbook about the Ecumenical Movement, and other titles, was her predecessor.

This column blogger, Michael Ochs, may be reached at billtownmike@yahoo.com

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2/17 Creation Corner: News You Can Use

Creation Corner Column for February 2017:  News You Can Use

"Let Justice Flow Like Streams...of sparkling water, pure, enabling growth, refreshing life, abundant, cleansing, sure."  first verse, Hymn 763 in "With One Voice: A Lutheran Resource for Worship" hymnal.

Headlines of "Global Warming In Overdrive" prompt concerned readers to respond.

A recent global evangelical God-centered effort committed to care for the climate through regular prayers and action, with an emphasis on glorifying God and loving our neighbors is www.climatecaretakers.org .

An international grass-roots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with elected representatives in order to influence climate policy is the ten-year-old www.citizensclimatelobby.org .  Also see www.citizensclimateeducation.org .

Another online action center is the www.momscleanairforce.org ,fighting pollution and climate change (it's for dads too!)  It is supported by the 50-year-old Environmental Defense Fund.

For whatever part of God's creation you hold dear, and wish to protect and defend, if you cannot be an "activist" there are many opportunities for you to be a "clicktivist" (signing petitions online), and/or being a "checktivist" (sending financial support for that cause).

As Earth Day April 22, 2017 approaches consider the materials your denomination has for caring for creation at its website (Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, etc.).  Look for the ecological ministries at www.creationjustice.org.

Consider the resources at the Earth Day Network and its 2017 campaign theme of "Environmental and Climate Literacy" (March for science, green schools and cities, endangered species, reforestation, communities of faith for the environment, etc.).

European Christian churches are organized as the European Christian Environmental Network ( www.ecen.org ).

Following Earth Day is the Stewardship Week in late April.  The 2017 theme is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life".  Materials are from the National Association for Conservation Districts (www.nacdnet.org) .

And be mindful that the annual Arbor Day celebration is the last Friday in April.

From the archives:  1992: The Garden of God: Selections from the Bible's Teaching About the Creation.  Glenn Paauw, assisted by Cal DeWitt and John Stek.  International Bible Society.

Inspiring Quote:  "Hope and optimism are different.  Hope has to do not with thinking everything's going to be O.K., but seeing that it's not and then you move anyway".  Anna Deavere Smith, Time magazine, Nov. 7, 2016, p. 64.

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