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Climate Justice Study
January 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Are you concerned about our changing climate? Ever wonder what the Methodist Church’s position on climate change and climate justice is? Want some ideas about what you can do to save our planet? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then register to attend a climate justice study sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Committee and United Methodist Women on Saturday morning, January 13 in the Fellowship Hall. This is open to all adults – men and women – and to all youth of the church. We will have participation and assistance from other Methodist Churches in Chapel Hill including Amity and Carrboro UMCs.
Reservations may be made through the church office (919-929-7191) or by clicking here. There is no cost but we need to know how many people to expect. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the study starting promptly at 9:15 a.m. A light lunch will be served and, so as to use all of our time wisely, an environmental film will be shown during lunch. The study will conclude by 1:30 p.m.
The study will be led by Rev. Pat Watkins, editor of the book, Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action. Also speaking will be Susannah Tuttle, director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches. Pat is a recently retired missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries where he and his wife, Rev. Denise Honeycutt, served as missionaries in Nigeria and later he was named by the Council on Bishops to serve in a newly created missionary position entitled Missionary for the Care of God’s Creation. He has undergraduate training in Environmental Science and a Masters in Divinity from Duke University. Lucky for us in the Chapel Hill area, Pat and his wife have moved to Pittsboro where they are building a “passive solar house.” A lifelong Methodist, Pat said, “the reason why I am so passionate about carrying for God’s creation is because I’m a Christian and believe this to be the responsibility of all Christians.”
Susannah received a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis on ecological ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley , CA. She advises churches on ways of reducing their carbon footprint and has worked with University UMC along with several other Chapel Hill churches. She serves on the national board of directors for Interfaith Power and Light, Duke Energy’s NC Eastern Advisory Council and UNC School of Law’s Center for Climate Energy, Environmental and Economics Advisory Board.