"I think it annoys God when you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." Alice Walker
EarthCOR is committed to caring for all of creation through three branches: Green Deeds (service projects), Green Reads (Biblical study of sustainability) and Green Seeds (recreation and education). EarthCOR's mission is to transform lives and restore the environment by providing opportunities for people to explore and encounter God and engage in community in a way that cares for all of creation.
The service branch of EarthCOR, Green Deeds, promotes service projects that relate to one or more of the four "R"s:
- REDUCE (examples: work on community gardens to reduce the carbon footprint of food, winterize low-income homes to reduce energy loss)
- REUSE / RECYCLE (examples: help sort furnishings and clothing to be reused, recycle plastic bags into mats for people experiencing homelessness)
- RESTORE (examples: clean up rivers, remove invasive species, plant trees)
FaithWork serving opportunities for Saturday, September 5 include several Reuse?Recycle projects. Two of the opportunities teach people how to reuse plastic bags by turning them into mats for people experiencing homelessness. Visit FaithWork for full details and to register. Find interesting facts about plastic bags here. Spoiler alert: you'll double down on your efforts to bring reusable bags when you shop. But don't worry, even in the unlikely event that plastic bag production stops tomorrow, there are lots of ways to help people experiencing homelessness as the National Coalition for the Homeless illustrates.
The other project, an "anti-landfill" event needs volunteers to sort donated furniture, clothing and other items to be reused. Visit Faithwork for full details and to register (look for Blessings Abound Thrift Shop). If you haven't yet watched The Story of Stuff, it's worth taking a look. It's a 20-minute fast-paced, fact-filled look at all of our "stuff" which will help connect the dots between a number of environmental and social issues. Don't have that much time to spare? Check out this blog post titled Christian Faith and Minimalism. Done mulling it over? Try this 30-day Minimizing and Simplifying Challenge or play the Minimalist Game (featured in The Atlantic, New York Times, USA Today, NPR and more).
The small-group bible study branch of EarthCOR, Green Reads, will launch this September as part of Resurrection's new Grow Night program. To kick things off, we'll use Priscilla Shirer's book, Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. We'll explore how the materialism that clutters our spaces and the busyness that steals our joy leads to an unsustainable culture on both a personal and global level. More importantly, we'll develop ways to turn that around.
“In the midst of a universe that cannot exist for a second without constant motion, God transcended the order of nature. He stopped. He rested. And he prescribes the same for you and me.” - Priscilla Shirer
Dates: Sept 8 & 15, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1 7:00-8:30 pm
Register Here Childcare available starting at 6:30pm, request in registration.
The “extracurricular activities" branch of EarthCOR focuses on recreational opportunities (think hikes, retreats and more) as well as educational events (such as tours, documentaries and lectures). This branch of EarthCOR continuously shines a light on the many great opportunities being planned and hosted by other organizations in the metro area; however, we will also organize and host a few of our own as well (check back for details).
To find your “Green Seed,” click on the event calendar links on the right (and good luck choosing … there are SO many cool options, it’s a great problem to have!)