Stewardship of Creation


Join the Stewardship of Creation Ministry team for a discussion of the documentary film “Kiss the Ground” in celebration of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd at 8 PM. We will gather together over Zoom to discuss the film, what we’ve learned, and what next steps we can take for more sustainable use of the land. Please register here if you would like to attend our post-viewing conversation. While “Kiss the Ground” is available with a Netflix subscription, you may view the film for free, as well as a special webinar conversation with the director of the film on April 21st, by registering through Interfaith Power & Light as a part of their Faith Action Climate Week (April 16-25) programming at this link.

“Kiss the Ground” is a new film about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. This film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers. “Kiss the Ground” is the featured film of Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Action Climate Week, April 16-25.
Follow this link for more information or if you would like to register and attend our post-viewing conversation. You can learn more about the week by visiting faithclimateactionweek.org.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jonathan Lee at jblee14@gmail.com


“Environmental Justice In Dr. King’s Beloved Community”
January 18, 2021

Timecodes:
00:00 Intro
03:24 Background of Environmental Justice
22:00 Panel Speaker Introduction
28:40 Question #1
42:00 Question #2
52:15 Q&A #1
01:01:45 Q&A #2
01:06:54 Closing Words & Prayer


Dennis Testerman, Stewardship of Creation Enabler
Email: dtesterm@vt.edu or 980-521-4871

Dennis Testerman, comes to us well-qualified. Dennis’ ministry of environmental stewardship has spanned three decades of chaplaincy, global and student missions and public service. He was a consultant to the PCUSA Eco-justice Task Force that produced the report, “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice,” adopted by General Assembly in 1990 that gave rise to the group that started PEC. Currently, Dennis serves as the Stewardship of Creation Enabler with the Presbytery of Charlotte, is a novice with the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, a fellow with both GreenFaith and the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University, and is certified as an environmental educator by the State of North Carolina.  



PRESBYTERY OF CHARLOTTE “EARTH CARE CONGREGATIONS”

The following churches have been certified as Earth Care Congregations by the PCUSA Environmental Ministries:

Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC (September 1, 2010)
Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
(February 1, 2012)
First Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC (February 15, 2017)
Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC (February 2021)

This honor speaks to the great commitment that these congregations have to caring for God’s earth.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, these churches affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life. They also completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that have made the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries. The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that made that commitment, and encourages others to follow their lead.

For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to www.pcusa.org/earth-care-congregations.