Friends of PEC and Celebrators of Creation!
I have enjoyed the special energy of Earth Day week! Creation sings!!!
And General Assembly is coming to Portland, Oregon!!!! PEC is excited to host a double booth with Fossil Free PCUSA! And just off the press – it is booth 208-210!! PEC and FFPCUSA have invited special guests to join us at the booth to share their amazing work – including Abby Brockway, Environmental Advocate Extraordinaire, as well our strong ally, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship represented by the incomparable Rick Ufford-Chase and Emily Brewer. Wow! Please come by the booth to see us!!
|Oregon Convention Center|
Our luncheon on Tuesday, June 21, at noon will be at the First Presbyterian Church, near the convention center. We are excited to share our award winners of the William Gibson Eco-justice, Restoring Creation, and the NEW Emerging Earth Care Leader Awards. Winners will be presented with a certificate and free registration to our 2017 PEC Conference at Menucha Conference Center in September 2017.
The presentation at the luncheon, “Beyond Paris: Rising Waters Yet Rising Hope”, will be led by our colleagues in ministry– Rebecca Barnes, Bill Somplatsky-Jarman (current GA staff) and Gary Payton, previous GA staff, who all attended the Paris Climate Change talks. The luncheon food will be excellent as well, including local, sustainable foods.
PEC is grateful for Cascades Presbytery and has been supportive of the Environmental Mission tours, including:
• Environmental Stewardship at Willamette Valley Wineries and Farms (June 20)
• Fossil Fuel Exports and Environmental Justice in the Pacific Northwest (June 22)
• Earth Care Congregations Tour: A Resource for Action and Recognition Forum (June 23).
|Columbia River Gorge just outside Portland|
We ask for your prayers during GA for our presence in support of eco-justice. We ask for special prayers and advocacy for overtures which PEC members have written and supported and are being brought to two committees…both Immigration and Environment AND Social Justice Issues. Check these out (see links in the sidebar), along with other overtures, at www.pc-biz.org.
In this very difficult time of so much degradation of people and planet (including all living beings, and water, soil, and all the elements…) we are grateful for those of you who hold Creation at the center of their heart and soul. Let us continue to surround the Earth with our VERY best efforts to nurture and heal our Home, now and in all times and places.
Diane Waddell, Moderator