Presbyterian Climate Advocates

Helping individuals and congregations advocate for creation
Upcoming classes

We’ve all seen the news…

logo…the storms, the wildfires, the droughts. We know that continuing our present course will diminish human life. For the sake of the poor, for future generations, and for nature itself, society must become carbon neutral. The change is large, and it can be done.

Presbyterian Climate Advocates are a small group of church leaders who believe that, with God’s help, we can forge a new future. We advocate for a carbon fee and dividend plan to help drive the economy to renewable alternatives. We seek to live sustainably ourselves, and we help congregations and families conserve energy. And we invite others to act with us.

We offer four-week on-line courses for individuals and groups called Faith and the Climate Crisis. For more information, go to Upcoming Online Classes.

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Below on this page we have invited class participants to contribute their thoughts, prayers, and creative spirits to a class climate blog. Please enjoy thoughtfully!

Climate Blog: Full Moon before Dawn

I sometimes wonder whether we are seeing the end of life as we know it or the beginning of life as we may learn to know it, in which humans live in harmony with God’s beautiful creation. As many people say, if we can get through the climate crisis and learn to live sustainably–even regeneratively–on earth, there will joys and benefits beyond what we can even imagine. I snapped this photo from our house a few days ago. In it you can’t necessarily see whether it is evening or morning. But it did happen to be early morning.

 

Trisha Tull, Henryville, IN

 

Climate Blog: Two Memorable Experiences

I was bursting today (Sunday 7/25) wishing for a chance to tell of two memorable experiences I had Saturday. Our local utility, LES, had a community energy event and Laurel and I had a chance to test drive a Tesla and a Chevrolet Volt. (Both were awesome but we actually preferred the Volt.)

That evening we went to downtown Lincoln to enjoy the performance of Paula Poundstone. She was her amazing self and chatted with the audience for almost two hours. Partway through her phone rings. (It’s unclear whether it was a random call or one that was arranged. She answered it as if she didn’t expect it, but that’s not the point.) It was Ed Begley. She talked to him a bit and when she hung up she proceeded to tell a story where they both were scheduled at a benefit and she had to go on first because Begley was late. The reason. He was riding his bicycle to the event. She indicated it was a journey of several miles. I hope the rest of the audience took from her story his commitment to the environment is quite serious. She made other mentions of climate change but her story about Ed Begley was profound.

Tom Pappas, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, NE

Climate Blog: Embracing Interdependence

I discovered lichen a couple of years ago and immediately became fascinated with their nature: a symbiotic relationship between two very different organisms (algae and fungi), their almost infinite variety, ubiquitousness, and benign presence in nature. I so look forward to discovering lichen whenever I walk in the woods–always reminded of God’s infinite love and wisdom revealed in a wholly interdependent creation.

Carol Dunn, First Presbyterian, Scottsburg, Indiana

Climate Blog: Call to Active Stewardship

I watched Chasing Corral a few weeks ago and was alarmed at the harm and potential harm we, as God’s creatures, do to the planet and even universe by treating it as our possession rather than seeing ourselves as stewards of an amazing gift. Nature has always been seen by me as when I feel close to God through the beauty and wonders of nature. I have tried to respect nature but it has always been a passive respect rather than a more active stewardship that I feel I should be accountable for. The scripture passages make it clear to me that we are more than people who benefit from the earth and its gifts but we are intertwined with and part of nature. That we must protect, preserve and provide benefit to our environment as part of our worship.

Howard Mann, Westminster Presbyterian, Nashville TN

Climate Blog: Lament for Creation

This lament was written by Beth Snyder in response to the 2020-2021 PW/Horizons Bible study, “Into the Light–Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament” (lesson 7: Creation Laments), by P. Lynn Miller, M.Div.

Creator God,

I stand looking at our tall elm tree and see dead branches. I know you created this majestic tree that gives me oxygen, shade and the pleasing sight of green spring foliage. The elm leaf beetle has damaged our beautiful tree causing branches to die. I have sought the advice of arborists and treated the roots of our tree. Please restore this tree to health. Let it live many more years to give oxygen, shade and pleasure. Creator and Sustainer, thank you for the gift of all trees, but most especially I praise you for the gift of this magnificent elm tree.