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OSJ Creation Care Update | September 22, 2017
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The Office of Social Justice’s Climate Witness Project (CWP) is seeking a regional organizer in the Edmonton, Alberta area, and a second one along the west coast of the United States (California, Oregon, or Washington).  The CWP was launched after the 2012 Synod urged action at the personal, communal, and political levels to address climate change.  Regional Organizers have engaged nearly 500 members from well over 70 congregations across the U.S. and Canada in the effort to forestall the worst effects of climate change through Worship, Education, Energy Stewardship, and Advocacy.  Now, in Phase III, we hope to involve fully 10% of our denomination's congregations.  This position requires passion and energy, and does provide a small stipend.  If interested, please contact Steve Mulder at steven.mark.mulder@gmail.com.

Climate Solutions Caucus and Republican Climate Resolution

The U.S. Climate Solutions Caucus aims to provide bipartisan leadership on policies addressing climate change. In order to join, Members of Congress must find someone from across the political aisle to sign on with them. Currently, the Caucus stands at 52 members in the House of Representatives.

The Republican Climate Resolution supports the need to take action on climate change. The partisan resolution currently has 23 cosponsors.

As the Climate Witness Project, we hope to continue to build our positive advocacy relationships with Congress. Within the regions where we have partners are seven Republican and 11 Democratic House members. Between now and summer 2018, we would love to work towards a response from all of our members of Congress on whether or not they might be able to sign onto the resolution or the caucus. We would also like to see at least three Republican representatives in our regions join at least one of these groups. 

If you would like to contact your representative and ask him or her to join the Caucus and/or the Resolution to advocate for policies on climate change in Congress, visit our action alert here.

Sustainability Conference

The CWP is a supporter of the Michigan Interfaith Power & Light's annual Sustainability Conference (Oct. 6 in East Lansing, Mich.). The event will feature congregations and individuals on the front lines of climate action sharing their stories about solar power, energy efficiency, water protection and water justice, ethical eating, and advocacy. To learn more and register, visit the event page.

Creation Care Preaching Challenge

The deadline for submissions to the Creation Care Preaching Challenge is Sept. 30! Consider encouraging your pastor to submit a sermon on creation care or climate change. Details here.

Got a Story?

We’re gathering success stories from our CWP churches and partners. Have an exciting story, piece of news, or milestone you can share with us? Email Steve Mulder at steven.mark.mulder@gmail.com. We’d love to share your story on the CWP website and Facebook page!

Creation Care Worship Resources

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has put together a creation care resource to help people in the CRC and beyond more deeply experience God’s creating, sustaining, and redeeming presence. Check it out!

Calvin CRC Members Meet with Rep. Lipinski

Last month, members from Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Oak Lawn, IL met with Congressman Dan Lipinski to discuss climate solutions. Consensus by the end of the meeting was that, for too long, the narrative about climate change has been dominated by political agendas. Perhaps more than ever, people of faith must increasingly be found adding their voices to declare that our world belongs to God and that we have a moral and ethical obligation to protect it.

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