Learning Hours & Worship Go Green

The Learning Hours and worship themes in September will help us live into our fall theme ?Caring for Each Other, Caring for the Earth.? Three inspiring Learning Hour programs on September 9, 16 and 23 will strengthen our faith-based approach to caring for God?s amazing creation. All programs will take place at 10 am in the Large Assembly.

On Sunday, September 9, the Rev. Sally Grover Bingham will speak (see photo above). Rev. Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California, has been active in the environmental community for 25 years. She is founder and president of The Regeneration Project, which is focused on its Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) campaign, a religious response to global warming. The IPL campaign includes a national network of more than 14,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 39 states.

On September 16, we will examine our relationship to God?s creation through a curriculum called ?Splendor? created by Green Faith, an organization that explores environmental issues from a faith perspective. The first of three session is ?Spirit: Our Souls Grow through Relationship with Creation.? The folks gathered at the All-Church Camp at Cazadero will also be participating in a similar conversation during that weekend. The other two sessions in this series will take place later in the year.

On September 23, the newly formed Green Ministry Team will share future plans and invite others to add to them.

The sermon theme for both Sunday morning services on September 16 will be ?Caring for the Earth.? This will also be the Sunday morning service at Camp Cazadero that morning.

On September 30, The Rev. John L. McCullough, executive director and chief executive officer of Church World Service, will preach at the 11 am service, bringing a global perspective to our theme of ?Caring for Each Other.?