If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

Inconvenient Truth Presentation at First Presbyterian Church of Austin

Do you want to know more about climate change and what you can do about it? We invite you to spend an evening with First Presbyterian Church as we learn more about this important issue. Join us for Colin Rowan's live presentation of "An Inconvenient Truth", with an emphasis on what the faith community can do about the climate change crisis.

Colin will lead us through an educational presentation and discussion, including:

Basic premise of global warming
Evidence that something is happening now around the world
Focus on Texas - our impact and contributions
Solutions - we can do something, but we have to get going!

We hope you can join us for this powerful presentation. Dessert will be provided!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rissman Hall

First Presbyterian Church

8001 Mesa Drive

Sponsored by the FPC Creation Stewardship Group. For more information, please call Laura at 899-8723. Childcare will be available for $5 per child for the evening. The deadline for childcare reservations is noon on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Space is limited, so please reserve as soon as possible by calling the church office at 345-8866.

Helpful Information on Congregational Energy Audits and Efficiency

World in His HandsIf you are thinking about making your house of worship more energy efficient, the following sites should be very helpful to you. The first step in energy efficiency is getting an energy audit. Call your electricity provider to find out whether they do energy audits. If they do not, use the following link to find your transmission and distribution company you use:

http://www.powertochoose.com

When you enter your ZIP code, look on the left-hand column and read the name underneath the heading "TDU Service Areas". This company will be the one to provide you with an audit.


This link is an on-line energy audit provided by Austin Energy that you can do yourself:

http://austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Tools%20and%20Tips/Commercial/Online%20Energy%20Audit/index.htm


The following two links are for things you can do to automatically make your church more energy efficient:

http://www.esource.com/BEA/hosted/Austin/CEA_08.html

http://austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Tools%20and%20Tips/Commercial/energyAdvisor.htm

 

Enjoy!

(Photo "Earth From Space With Stars" by User DonkeyHotey used under a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial License.)

Cool Cities Team Formation Meetings in Central Texas!

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Cool CitiesPeople in Central Texas are cordially invited to attend the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Team Formation meetings in the upcoming weeks. These meeting will show many towns how to
make teams to encourage their mayors to sign on to the Mayor's Climate Protection Plan. If you are interested in attending a meeting in your area, please see the information below:

United Methodist Caring for Creation Conference at Mt. Sequoyah

mt sequoyah group

John Hill, Bee Moorhead, Reverend Pat Watkins, Dr. Katy Hinman, Mt. Sequoyah's Marilyn Braswell and Oona Moorhead

 

More than 140 United Methodists and others attended the UMC South Central Jurisdiction's first annual Caring for Creation Conference at Mt. Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event featured keynote presentations by John Hill, Program Director, Economic and Environmental Justice at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, Dr. Mark Davies, Dean, Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University, and Dr. Katy Hinman, director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, as well as workshops on a variety of topics. Bee Moorhead, director of Texas Interfaith Power & Light, Reverend Pat Watkins, director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, and Katy Hinman all led workshops.

 

About 20 students from Oklahoma City University attended the conference as part of the Oikos Scholars program, a liberal arts program for preparing students to engage in lives of social and ecological responsibility.

oona at mt. sequoyah

9-year-old Oona Moorhead helps with displays

 

 

 

 

txipltableTexas Impact board president Reverend Mel Caraway

 

 

 

Find out about United Methodist Women's "Green Teams"

"And a Little Child Shall Lead Them: Developing Religious Environmental Education for Children"--Bee's workshop handout

 

 

San Antonio Earth Stewardship: Great Turnout Despite the Rain

The Earth Stewardship meeting organized by Solar San Antonio and the San Antonio Community of Congregations was a great success. About 40 people from San Antonio congregations and environmental groups gathered at Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church for presentations and conversation on local and state enviromental issues.

The event was a kick-off for Solar San Antonio/SACC's Stewardship Earth Weekend April 18-20. For more information, visit http://www.solarsanantonio.org/

 

Brooke Ferguson of Meridian Energy Systems explains how a solar panel works to Lois Heger of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church.

Sustainable! Food, Environment, and Economics Conference March 28th-29th

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Tue, 2008-03-04 12:05

"Sustainable! Food, Environment, and Economics" Spirituality and Activism Conference is fast approaching! On March 28th and 29th, this exciting event will take place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Among the speakers will be UT Professor Robert Jensen and York University Professor Justin Podur. Texas Interfaith Power & Light will be giving a workshop on the faith community's involvement in the environmental movement. If you are interested in attending, please see the information below:

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