Posted by: jblevins | July 18, 2008

Brethren Take Action for Creation

This week was the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference, in Richmond, Virginia, and also a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the denomination. Included among the activities were actions being taken by Brethren to better protect God’s Creation.

The General Board, in their display, had a spot about their efforts to “Go Green” as a matter of faith. The Brethren Witness/Washington office was also a presence, with materials for the Brethren on their particular faith basis for taking action, and also served as the home of the NCC Eco-Justice materials for the week.

On Tuesday, the 15th, we were the featured partner of the Witness/Washington office, and had an opportunity for members of the Church of the Brethren to sign statements calling on Congressmen Dingell and Boucher, calling for them to take action on climate change, especially as to the impacts it will have on those living in poverty. Over 300 of these letters were signed. That night, an insight session on the impact of climate change on people of faith and church ministries, and what the Brethren’s response would be, saw over 70 people attend. The session was co-sponsored by NCC Eco-Justice, the Brethren Witness/Washington Office, New Community Project, and the Shenandoah District Eco-Justice Commission.

As a member of the Church of the Brethren, it lifted my spirits and heart to see my denomination taking such actions during a week of celebration for our 300 years of witness. There was also talk of a coming resolution for next years annual conference. It also made me wonder – what are your denominations doing to take action? Leave a comment and let us know!


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