December Environmental Ministry Calendar

December Environmental Ministry Calendar

Curated by Victoria Guest for the SNEUCC Environmental Ministries Team

November 30, 2 PM
Lakota People’s Law Project invites you to enjoy and participate in their first annual Wopila Gathering — a special, live-streamed event to celebrate Indigenous culture together and propel the movement for justice. They welcome allies and accomplices to listen to Indigenous voices as Indigenous People from communities across Turtle Island gather to discuss Indigenous sovereignty, land and water rights, education, economic development, cultural maintenance and promotion, and resistance movements. Register 
"Make your home in me” Advent Retreat
Saturday, December 4, 2021 ~ 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Jesus invites us to make our home in him, just as he makes his home in us (John 15:4). In a rapidly changing world, when so much that we took for granted has become unreliable or unstable, our old familiar “home” is gone. Weather is erratic; institutions we once depended on are shaky; households and communities are stressed. Is it possible to feel “at home” in the midst of a troubled world? 
This Advent Quiet Day invites us to respond to Jesus’ invitation to come home to the One who loves us utterly. Our time together will include silence and guided meditation, presentations and small group conversation, and free time for solitary prayer. If possible, please bring a candle. This retreat is free and open to the public. Register
Friday, Dec. 10 - Cradle to Grave: The Reverberating Health Hazards of the Oil and Gas Industry, 12 - 4:30 PM  
Hosted by Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania. The event will focus from the point of the worker's often uninformed toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals and radioactivity, into exposure to their family, and throughout their community, and beyond. Register 
Stop Line 3 
Learn more by viewing a panel at the COP about Indigenous resistance to Line 3 highlighting the human rights abuses that took place in Northern Minnesota to force through the hyper-polluting pipeline -- the equivalent of 50 coal power plants. Hundreds of indigenous water protectors and allies are facing charges for peacefully attempting to protect the water and treaty rights. You can help by contacting Minn. Attorney General Keith Ellison and Gov. Walz to tell them to drop the charges.
Check out this five-session series from the United Methodists on the Doctrine of Discovery, which justified the stealing of land from, and enslavement of, people in places “discovered” by “Christian” explorers. Next session: Dec. 8. Register.   
Download Environmental Justice with Indigenous People from Creation Justice Ministries. Find resources for worship, education, videos, action steps for your congregation. Find it here.
Action for Massachusetts:
Gov. Baker is still pushing the burning of biomass (trees and waste) as part of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which would label it “clean energy” and use taxpayer dollars for incentives for polluting biomass plants. H.3333/S.2197, An Act to Prevent Biomass Energy to Protect the Air We Breathe, would prevent this. Not only are biomass plants dirty and inefficient, they are found in and near Environmental Justice Communities who are supposed to be protected under the Next Generation Climate law. Contact your MA Senator and Representative, and ask them to speak with Sen. Barrett and Rep. Roy, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, asking for a favorable report on the bill so that it can come to the floor as soon as possible.
Interfaith Power and Light invites you to Apply for the Cool Congregations Challenge for the chance to win $1,000.  Projects can take place inside the worship space or other buildings, on the grounds, in congregants’ homes, or in the community. Due to Covid, all projects completed in the last 3 years are eligible for consideration!
Join other people of faith for Faith Climate Action Week - ten days in April during Earth Month when congregations focus on how we can all take action to protect our climate. The 2022 theme is Sacred Trust: Our Children's Right to a Livable Future.  Be among the first to be notified when the kit becomes available to organize your congregation to be a part of Faith Climate Action Week 2022. Sign up here
ANNOUNCING: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate
The American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica are pleased to offer the 2021 edition of Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Inequities, Responses. This report shares the latest and best knowledge on the many ways that climate change impacts mental health individually and community-wide, how structural inequities cause certain populations to be impacted first and worst, and the spectrum of solutions available to build resilience, strengthen care, and inspire engagement for transformative progress.  
 "It's Our Issue, Too: The Green Economy for Black and Brown People”
The National Latino Evangelical Coalition is calling for a robust response to climate change that includes a green economy for Brown and Black communities. Watch their new video to learn more about their work. Watch now.   
“Our selfishness, our indifference, and our irresponsible ways are threatening the future of our children” — Pope Francis
Pope Francis is reinvigorating the faith response to climate change with the Laudato Si’ 2021 Action plan. The plan has seven goals: the response to the cry of the earth, the response to the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of simple lifestyles, ecological education, ecological spirituality, and community involvement. This discussion guide provides materials for prayer, reflection, and ideas to respond. Download here.
Preaching and Teaching Faith and Climate
What would happen if every member of the clergy began to regularly preach and teach the theological and moral grounding for climate action? In an effort to encourage clergy to regularly proclaim justice for God's Creation, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade and Rabbi Yonatan Neril joined "Let’s Talk Climate" to discuss their new free resource called EcoPreacher 1-2-3. In this episode, you will hear ideas for congregational discussion that are short, accessible, and based on a solid theological foundation. Watch here.


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Vicky A. Guest

The Rev. Victoria Alford Guest is a member of the SNEUCC Environmental Ministries Team and former pastor of the First Congregational Church in Natick, MA.

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