Newman Congregational Church, UCC
100 Newman Ave
Rumford, RI, 02916
Date(s) - 02/17/2013
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Creation Care Sermon followed by Climate-Change Information and Action Opportunities
Postponed from Feb 10th due to Blizzard: Creation-Care Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Bruce McLeod will be followed by Coffee & Conversation in Memorial Hall with tables replete with climate-change information including: handouts, many books from the Green-Team library, Green-Team graphs showing remarkable energy savings in the church buildings, Parsonage, and parishioner’s households. Action opportunities will include postcards to President Obama urging him to keep his promise to address climate-change as a priority in his second term.
In addition, because the Rhode Island UCC conference, and Newman Congregational Church in particular, has had a decades-long medical, educational and religious mission in Haiti, and because Haiti has been named in the Maplecroft Vulnerability index as the most vulnerable nation in the world to the impacts of climate change, we will have a staffed table with information on Haiti’s plight, and action opportunities to help improve Haitian quality of life and climate-change resilience.
A follow-up event (see separate posting) will occur as part of our Lenten Study series on March 10th, 4 pm., with the showing of the video, “The Hungry Tide”, a poignant, personal story of a young-woman’s struggle to save Kiribati, a Pacific-Island nation being rendered uninhabitable by the effects of sea-level rise. A discussion will follow concerning our moral and ethical responsibilities to these and other most vulnerable people who are and will continue to suffer the most from the negative impacts of unmitigated climate change.