In Austin on April 2nd, 18th, and 21st, we invite you to explore the Sabbath with us!
Tuesday, April 2nd - The Sabbath from a Jewish perspective. On Tuesday evening, April 2nd, Rabbi Steven Folberg will share Jewish teachings about the Sabbath, with a focus on how the practice of the Sabbath connects to caring for the environment. This program is co-sponsored by the Austin chapter of Texas Interfaith Power & Light—the Interfaith Environmental Network—and is open to people of all faith traditions (or none!).
April 18th and 21st - The Sabbath from a Christian perspective. During the week of Earth Day, 2013, Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of 24/6: A Prescription for a Happier, Healthier Life and Executive Director of Blessed Earth comes to Austin with this prescription: "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy."
There will be two opportunities to hear from the Dr. Sleeth about his latest project on faith and the environment:
Thursday April 18 – Register here to attend a lunch & learn forum, "24/6: A Prescription for a Happier, Healthier Life," featuring Dr. Sleeth.
Registration for this event is FREE with an optional $5 lunch. This program is co-sponsored by Education Beyond the Walls at Austin Seminary and Blessed Earth.
Sunday April 21 – Dr. Sleeth preaches both services at University United Methodist Church; all are welcome.
About Dr. Matthew Sleeth. A former emergency room physician, Dr. Sleeth saw an increasing number of his patients suffering from chronic disease when he began to suspect that the earth and its inhabitants were in deep trouble. He turned to the Bible for guidance and discovered how the lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity and stewardship taught there could be applied to this crisis.
At that point he resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment. Since founding Blessed Earth, he has spoken at 1,000 churches and schools throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships.
Sabbath is about restraint—intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?
In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and will help us better understand how their own lives can be transformed—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually by adopting the 24/6 lifestyle.
He is also the author of "Serve God and Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action," and the introduction to "The Green Bible."