Strength and Hope
by Diane Waddell
Dear Friends seeking Earth-Justice,
Blessed be! Springtime, Resurrection and Renewal are upon us, with the opportunity for hope and for strengthening our reserve for Eco-Earth-Caring!
In that vein, Presbyterians for Earth Care has been gathering hope and assembling resources for another opportunity for renewal and strengthening: “Down-to-Earth Advocacy and Action” at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, September 15 - 18, 2015. Please do put us on your calendar!
We begin with a selection of fascinating choices for September 15: pre-conference tours near Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains (with a reminder to arrive on September 14 for overnight accommodations).
We welcome the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Patricia K. Tull, author of Inhabiting Eden, who will keynote for us, beginning with biblical and scientific groundings, moving forward in creating social movements for change, and then empower us as we shift to a flourishing future!
We are equally thrilled to announce that the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, will join us to challenge us in areas of prophetic ministry and public witness, as we carry the banner of Eco-Justice.
We are honored to host Earth Care Congregations as they gather with Rebecca Barnes for their Earth Summit. We heartily welcome Hunger Action Enablers (a part of the Presbyteran Hunger Program). And you will want to keep an eye out for bright orange -- the Fossil Free PCUSA folk, as they gather momentum for General Assembly in 2016 and beyond!
Come for refreshment in worship, joy in celebrating our 20 years of Earth Caring as Presbyterians for Restoring Creation/Presbyterians for Earth Care, fellowship with others who have deep passion for eco-justice, and workshops on many current and provocative environmental, economic and social justice issues of our times.
May you be blessed, and continue to bless the Creation every season of the year through Hope, Renewal and Resurrection. Amen.