Are you concerned about our changing climate? Ever wonder what the Methodist Church’s position on climate change and climate justice is? Want some ideas about what you can do to save our planet? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then register to attend a climate justice study in the fellowship hall of University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, on Saturday morning, January 13 and sponsored by the UUMC Environmental Stewardship Committee and the UUMC United Methodist Women. This is open to all adults – men and women – and to all interested youth. We will have participation and assistance from other United Methodist Women’s units in Chapel Hill including Amity and Carrboro UMCs.
Reservations must be made through the church office at 919-929-7191 or on the church website under registrations (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ea5ab22a57-climate) by Tuesday, January 9. There is no cost but we need to know how many people to expect. Registration will begin at 9 am with the study starting promptly at 9:15. A light lunch will be served and, so as to use all of our time wisely, an environmental film will be shown during lunch. We will conclude the study by 1:30 pm.
The study will be led by Rev. Pat Watkins, editor of the book, Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action. Also speaking will be Susannah Tuttle, director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches.
Pat is a recently retired missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries where he and his wife, Rev. Denise Honeycutt, served as missionaries in Nigeria and later he was named by the Council of Bishops to serve in a newly created missionary position entitled Missionary for the Care of God’s Creation. He has undergraduate training in Environmental Science and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University. Lucky for us in the Chapel Hill area, Pat and his wife have moved to Pittsboro where they are building a “passive solar house.” A lifelong Methodist, Pat said, “the reason why I am so passionate about caring for God’s creation is because I’m a Christian and believe this to be the responsibility of all Christians.”
Susannah received a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis on ecological ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, CA. She advises churches on ways of reducing their carbon footprint and has worked with University UMC along with many other churches throughout North Carolina. She serves on the national board of directors for Interfaith Power and Light, Duke Energy’s NC Eastern Advisory Council and UNC School of Law’s Center for Climate Energy, Environmental and Economics Advisory Board.
Limited parking will be available in the church parking area but additional parking is available in the UNC Swain parking lot on the UNC campus at no cost. This parking is directly behind the church and is entered from East Cameron Street directly across from Memorial Hall. University United Methodist Women are asked to bring a large salad to share and members of the Environmental Team are asked to bring a dessert.
For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Andrews, UMW president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-533-6615.
If you would like to print or share a flyer for this event,
you are encouraged to use this one. ClimateJustice