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OSJ Creation Care Update | July 14, 2017
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Climate Witness Project Update

Thanks to your support and involvement, the Climate Witness Project has had a very successful month so far! We now have CWP teams at 71 churches and more than 450 Climate Witness partners. We’re grateful for our regional organizers as they work hard to engage individuals and churches across the U.S. and Canada. And a big welcome to our new Climate Witness partners—we’re thrilled you’ve joined us!

New Resource: Ten Ways to Care for Creation

We’ve partnered with Faith Formation Ministries to develop a new free resource for churches looking for fresh ways to address our call to care for creation. Ten Ways to Care for Creation includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, incorporating creation care into prayer and worship, and more! We invite you to download this free resource and share it with your church.

Why is Advocacy Important?

"A few weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to Ottawa to attend a conference organized by World Renew on food security, climate change and small-scale farmers. . .While on this trip I experienced what it meant to advocate and speak to those in positions of political power, I also learned that it’s equally important to listen to those in power. Through the power of advocacy we can work towards a flourishing society." Read more >

Acting in Faith Webinar Recording

Last month, we partnered with Young Evangelicals for Climate Action and Climate Caretakers for the Acting in Faith: Taking the Next Step webinar. The goal of the webinar was to review policy asks, discover how to build respectful relationships with our local congressional offices, and learn how to build a sustained, local movement for climate action. Many of you tuned in for the live webinar, but for those of you who were not able to, you can now listen to the recording.

ACT Advocacy Academy

Looking to improve your advocacy skills and become an expert on political dialogue, campaigning, or media outreach? ACT Alliance (World Renew is a member) just launched the ACT Advocacy Academy, which includes webinars, on-demand lectures, training materials, coaching, and discussion opportunities. One of the policy themes covered by the academy is Climate Justice.

Hosting a Documentary Screening

Interested in hosting a documentary screening in your church or community? Copies of Before the Flood and From the Ashes are available to borrow if you’d like to host a screening. Email osjha@crcna.org if you’re interested!

Photo: West Michigan CWP teams host a screening of From the Ashes

 

Take Action: Ask Congress to Create a Faithful Budget for Climate

A faithful budget must encompass a reverence for creation, making choices that protect our air, water, land, creatures, and vulnerable communities. It's our calling as people of faith to protect our ecosystems, work for environmental justice, and address climate change. Will you join us in speaking up for a faithful budget? 

Contact your members of Congress today urging them to oppose these proposed cuts and to create a budget that protects and defends the vulnerable.

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