The Creation Care Team is a newly formed group of laity and clergy representing Nebraska and Kansas under the auspices of the Mercy and Justice Team. Members of the team are rural and urban, male and female and all have a desire to serve God by caring for God's creation.
Presently the team consists of:
The mission of the Creation Care Team is "to provide resources to congregations, to encourage actions to care for God’s creation and to advocate for policies which reduce the negative effects of human activity on creation.”
Here are just a few resources that may help you and your congregation ground yourselves in prayer, encourage learning more and inspire you to take action:
With the support of a mini-grant from the Great Plains Conference and funding from the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, there will be a multi-disciplinary gathering including fellowship, lectures, music, the arts, being in nature and even some fun in the midst of the climate crisis. Elders for the Earth: A Retreat in the Spirit of Chautauqua, will be held Monday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 6, at Mahoney State Park (between Lincoln and Omaha in eastern Nebraska). The event will start at 4 p.m. on Monday and end at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
In the words of climate scientist, James Hansen, "Only in the last few years did the science crystallize, revealing the urgency — our planet is in peril. If we do not change course soon, we will hand our children a situation that is out of their control."
And from our United Methodist Bishops' document God's Renewed Creation: "In order to help the world, we must change our way of being in it."
The climate crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity for those who are concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit. This event is geared for those 50 years and older, but all are welcome (faith-based and broader community). Elders will come together to learn and share our collective wisdom in informative and creative ways.
Community and state leaders will speak including the Rev. Kim Morrow, former executive director of Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light. A variety of workshops/playshops will be offered, some are: Nebraska Life photographer Alan Bartels teaching how to take beautiful nature photography, learning about green business models, hearing from students from Asia about how a changing climate is impacting where they live, writing poetry for the earth, mindful walking on the earth and much more.
This event is best experienced if you can be there the whole time and accommodations at Mahoney State Park include camping, lodge rooms and cabins or you can commute. If you can only come for part of the event, that works as well.
Details about registration, costs and schedules can be found at elders4theearth.com or call 402-431-2338. Registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 25.