OSJ Creation Care Update | August 16, 2017
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More Churches Join the Climate Witness Project

“As a steward of God’s earth, I am excited to be part of a movement in which the church is stepping up to fight this issue out of love for our Creator and our global neighbors.” –Lindsay Mouw

The Climate Witness Project was featured recently in CRC News! Check out the article here.

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Because It’s God’s Creation

“As people of faith, we are also called to care for God’s people – especially the most vulnerable. A clear way to see God’s creation is through the beauty and majesty of public lands like the Arctic Refuge. And a clear way to manifest our calling to care for our neighbor is to protect the Gwich’in people and their way of life.”

CWP’s Richard Killmer wrote an op-ed in the Portland (Me.) Press Herald about the need to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and why proposed oil drilling would have serious impacts on animals and native peoples.

Image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

For the Love Of Film and Group Study

For the Love Of captures the journey of four evangelical leaders to Paris for COP21 to learn how climate change is affecting the world's most impoverished people. We created an accompanying Facilitator's Guide that includes a two-session Bible study and group discussion about COP21 and how Christians can respond. Consider using this resource as we anticipate the gathering of the nations of the world in November for climate talks in Germany.

Advocate for Faithful Climate Action!

Members of the United States Congress are back home for the month of August, and Christians around the country are meeting with their representatives to advocate for climate action. You can join them, even if you haven’t set up a meeting!

Contact your representative today to ask them to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and to cosponsor the Republican Climate Resolution.

Solar Carport at Bethany CRC

Bethany CRC (Gallup, N.Mex.) is planning to install about 100 solar panels on top of a car canopy. With the cost of utilities continuing to rise, the savings on electric power will reach over $200,000 in 25 years! In addition to producing energy, the canopy will provide shaded parking as well as shade for the church’s daycare playground. Read more about the project and view a rendering here.

Ten Ways to Care for Creation

Have you checked out this new resource on how your church can 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.

Download it free here!

CWP Teams Tour Church of the Servant’s Building and Grounds

Members of 14 of the 18 CWP teams in West Michigan toured the building and grounds of Church of the Servant CRC (Grand Rapids, Mich.) last month to check out their solar power generation system and hear from Bob Chapman, the Executive Director of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL). Read more about the church's energy stewardship initiatives here, and stay tuned for an announcement regarding a more in-depth workshop on solar energy for churches coming this fall. CWP churches will partner with MIPL and West Michigan renewable energy consultants and contractors to provide the latest information on going solar, including technical, financial, and legal considerations.