On April 22nd we will have two opportunities to discuss how God call us to do to address the climate crisis. Both sessions will be lead by Rev. Kay Krejci. Below are some reading materials to look over in preparation for the conversation. Feel free to skim or read in depth, they are offered as a starting point in conversation.
The UCC Environmental Justice blog has several articles on Climate Change. Articles of note include:
Is an environmental ministry run Rev. Terry Gallagher. His website https://sustainingcreation.org has a verity of resources, many of them videos.
Brooks Berndt, UCC National Minister on Environmental Justice has written the book Cathedral on Fire. In it he suggests the urgency of the climate crisis requires that we act as if our cathedrals and churches are on fire. Indeed, God’s creation can be seen as one grand cathedral on fire with burning forests and rising temperatures. Amid this dire situation, he focuses our attention on the unique and vitally needed gifts that churches can offer. He writes with poetic passion but also with an eye toward the practical as every chapter ends with suggested, field-tested actions.
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What happens when we think about human organizations as complex, networked systems rather than machines? How do our questions change, and how do our decision-making criteria change, if our goal is leading and designing living systems?