Creation Justice

Creation Justice – Environmental Issues and the Church
 
Our St. John’s Creation Stewards is a group of St. John’s members concerned with any issues related to nature, racial justice, income inequality or environmental issues.  For more information or to join, contact Don Atkiss datkiss@comcast.net
 
 

 

St. John’s Creation Stewards upcoming community events:

 

September 24, 2022 Electronics Recycling Event at St. John’s

 

 

 

The St. John’s Creation Stewards group has partnered with PAR Recycles to conduct an electronics recycling program at St. John’s on Saturday, September 24 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Bring any of your old electronics, ranging from old cell phones to large TV’s.  There is a small fee charged for larger items.  We are are also asking that you bring a non-perishable item to donate to Manna On Main Street.

 

PAR (People Advancing Reintegration) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated people obtain employment and work skills.  Steady employment helps reduce the recidivism rate for ex-offenders, who are unemployed at over 50% after being released from prison.  This program is aligned perfectly with our Creation Stewards’ goals of protecting the environment and helping to reduce income inequality.  PAR Recycles has held recycling events at North Penn High School as well as other churches and synagogues in the area.

 

We need to provide 15-20 volunteers to help manage traffic, unload recycling items and collect donations. If we get enough volunteers, we can break into 2 hour shifts.  If you are able to help, please contact Don Atkiss at 215-872-7487 or datkiss@comcast.netClick this Link to PAR Recycles on Facebook.

 

This is a great opportunity for St. John’s members to put into action our commitment to honor God’s Creations.  More information will follow as the date approaches.

 

 

A message from Don Atkiss for St. John’s Creation Justice team:
 
One part of St. John’s Creation Justice initiative is to help alleviate environmental discrimination. Environmental discrimination holds that the communities that are hurt the worst during an environmental crisis are those that are poor. Many countries are still trying to gain back the basic life sustaining needs of food, clean water, housing, adequate health care and jobs from natural disasters.  If we are committed to Creation Justice, we all need to pitch in to help out, if we can. There are many ways to help out community members in need right now:
· Through donations to the St. John’s Emergency Fund
· Through donations to Manna on Main Street
· Through donations to Philabundance, which provides meals in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.
· Through many other national and international charities.
At St. John’s, we “Draw The Circle Wide”. We need to make it as wide as we can right now. Thanks so much.
With the grace of God, Don
 
 
 

Link to the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministries webpage: 

Environmental Justice Ministries

Link to The Pollinator, the UCC Environmental Justice blog:

https://www.ucc.org/category/column/the-pollinator-ucc-environmental-justice-blog/

Environmental Justice from our Conference: the PSEC:

God fashioned human beings to live in harmony with the created world, and act as stewards and caretakers of creation. As early as 1959, the UCC General Synod called for conservation and responsible development of the Earth’s resources for the benefit of all people, and out of consideration for future generations. Today more than ever Christians are called to take seriously environmental science, and work towards preserving our climate, environment, and natural resources. PSEC Justice & Witness ministries:

  1. Recognizes the reality and threat of global warming as outlined by internationally respected scientific bodies, and calls for education and action around the issue of climate change.
  2. Calls for policies that conserve natural resources and energy, specifically investment in sustainable energy technologies.
  3. Stands with the United Church of Christ in calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies.
  4. Calls for a ban on “fracking” (the injection of a chemical-water mixture into the ground to extract oil).
  5. Recognizes the complex socioeconomic dimensions of environmental justice such as race, class, and global inequality.

The Pennsylvania Office of Environmental Justice was established as a point of contact for residents in low income areas and areas with a higher number of minorities. Its primary goal is to increase communities’ environmental awareness and involvement in the DEP permitting process.  Click here to go to their website.

 

 

Recent Events:  July 9, 2022 – Lansdale Open Gardens Day included St. John’s gardens on its tour. Marie Bertolette (Carota) presented a book signing of her newly published children’s nature book “Once Upon A Farm”. Donations of $15 went to Garden of Health. Marie graciously donated all the proceeds.

 

 

Questions about UCC Environmental Justice on a national level?Please contact the Rev. Brooks Berndt, Minister of Environmental Justice. berndtb@ucc.org