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October 2019

Eco-Challenge

October 2 - October 23
Online
Free

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites Houstonians of all faiths to join their team for this year’s Eco-Challenge. This online event offers you the opportunity to care for the earth by taking on a challenge in: waste, food, health, transportation, energy, community, nature, water, simplicity, or a custom challenge of your own. Create a new environmental stewardship habit over the course of the 3 weeks of the challenge!!

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The Earth Charter & Lutheran Social Statements

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House & online, 1320 W 26th St
Houston, 77008
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Free

Join Lisa Brenskelle, head of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for a talk on the Earth Charter.  The ELCA voted to endorse the Earth Charter at its national assembly in August. The Earth Charter, while a completely secular document, is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful society. As such, it’s precepts have much in common with Christian social teaching, and indeed, with the social teaching of many faiths. This first half of this talk will cover the Earth Charter, its origins & principles, as well as materials available from the Earth Charter Initiative. The second half of the talk will explain the relationship between Earth Charter principles & Christian social teaching, using the social statements of the ELCA as a basis

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November 2019

Free Community Bike Safety Course

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd.
Houston, 77005
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Nervous about biking in Houston? You are invited to a free Community Bike Safety Course where you’ll gain the confidence to cycle safely around town! This is the only free bike safety course in Houston taught by certified instructors & open to all ages. The course begins with 90 minutes of classroom instruction at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church. 90 minutes of drills in the Rice University parking lot follow the classroom instruction, and then we’ll take a leisurely 1 hour ride around the neighborhood to practice our skills on the road. Instruction is provided by certified instructors from Bike Houston.

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Fall 2019 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

November 17 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Gathering Place, 5310 S. Willow Dr.
Houston, TX, 77035 United States
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Free

We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by trimming trees, mulching, and watering at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve in Houston.

This event is organized by Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Congregation Brith Shalom, and the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy.

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The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith

November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House & online, 1320 W 26th St
Houston, 77008
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Free

Lisa Brenskelle will speak on the U.N.'s Global Environmental Outlook, a report issued earlier this year, and how faith enables our response to the ecological crisis described in the report. She will examine the science that explains the present state of our world and the major environmental issues we face. Lisa will then consider how faith both informs and enables our response to this crisis, using the Christian faith as a basis. The first half of this talk reviews the Global Environmental Outlook. The second half of the talk discusses how faith enables a response.

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