Thursday, February 9, 2017

Carpool to creation justice conference

Carpool with Gary Smith to this inaugural event.  CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force is a member of the UCC's Creation Justice Network which is sponsoring this event.

The Creation Justice Network of the United Church of Christ, Southern Conference,
presents
Creation Justice Pathways in North Carolina 
co-sponsored by the NC Council of Churches

Where: Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway

When: Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26

Register here - FREE!

Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Potluck supper, small-group discussion, and community building
Saturday, 9:00 a.m - 2:30: Presentations. 11:45-12:30: Lunch (free; donations welcome)
Sunday: 11:00 a.m: Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, worship leader

PRESENTERS and SESSIONS:

Marilynn Marsh-Robinson is the Partnerships and Alliances Manager of the US Climate and Energy Program of the Environmental Defense Fund. She serves on the NC Conservation Network board and the planning board of the NC Environmental Justice Network.

Speaking Truth to Power: Environmental Justice in NC:  The panel will share the birth of the environmental justice movement, the meaning of environmental justice, and North Carolina case studies, with guidance and resources for protecting God's Creation and its inhabitants.

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler is Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Dr. Sadler is also
Vice-chair of the Justice Action Mobilization Network and Executive Committee Member, North Carolina NAACP.

Making a Cleaner, Greener, Better World: Fusing Climate Change and Social Justice:  This session will explore the spiritual and economic benefits of shifting to a carbo- free energy grid. It will also address how we can deal with both the climate emergency and the poverty emergency by working on these crises together.

Dr. Daniel Vermeer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy and Environment at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and director of Duke''s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). He is lead contributor to policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation.

Energy 2050: Understanding the Present Reality and Possible Futures of the US Energy System: We are rapidly running out of time to address climate change by decarbonizing our energy system - and the stakes could not be higher, profoundly impacting our climate and natural resources, economy, and quality of life. By framing our energy decisions in the context of the current system and a realistic view of the alternatives, we can make choices that are better for people and the planet.


Nicole Johnson is the Regional Coordinator in Western North Carolina for Partners in Health and Wholeness, an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. Susannah Tuttle is director of NC Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL), a program supporting faith communities to identify and implement positive, hope-filled responses to climate change as a moral imperative.

 Creation Justice Pathways for Health and the Environment:  Our health is inseparably linked to the air that we breathe, the water we drink and the land on which we walk, grow food and live with one another. We will explore the impact of the environment on health through role playing, a creative exercise identifying the factors necessary for good health, and a guided discussion. We will explore together what it means when “Your zipcode can indicate the length of your life" and the possibilities of a place-based, hopeful response from people of faith.

PLEASE JOIN US -- and please share the attached flyer and bulletin/newsletter insert!
For more information contact conference organizer:  Karen Richardson Dunn, krichdunn@gmail.com
OR  CUCC's Gary Smith, smithgk@mindspring.com

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