Caring for Creation Corner

Caring for Creation is pleased to announce two events being hosted in collaboration with students in the Emmaus Scholars program at Hope College.

The first is a Forum on Congregational Creation Care to be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 pm at Hope Church in the Youth Room. The event is in response to research the students did which indicated a high proportion of clergy in the Holland area support Creation Care, but few have any formal mechanisms to do so. We will hear from a speaker on each of the following topics. First, the theological foundations for creation care. Second, someone from the group West Michigan Creation Care will describe regional attitudes and norms. Third, Hope Church’s Caring for Creation Ministry will describe current practices and plans for the future. Last, the students from Emmaus Scholars will present findings on some best practices for faith communities and provide some simple first steps for interested congregations. Then the forum will be opened for dialogue between presenters and the audience.

The second is a local march for creation care timed to coincide with the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. which is happening at noon on April 29th. The hope is for the Caring for Creation March to take place on Saturday, April 29th in Centennial Park at noon. More details will be forthcoming. Please note, that if you are interested in attending the main march in D.C., financial and logistical support is available via the CRC Office of Social Justice, contact Joe at 215-9596 or joearevalo23@gmail.com to learn more.

More Caring for Creation Opportunities:
Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore presents “What is Invading Our Habitat?”
Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Herrick District Library
Learn about local invasive plants, the effects they have on our native landscapes and what is being done about them.

Ottawa County Parks Foundation Launch Party!
Thursday, April 20 at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center
At this event, you’ll be introduced to the Parks Foundation, discuss current and future projects, and hear a MAJOR Parks announcement for 2017. Brief program begins at 5:15. Light snacks will be served.

Macatawa River Cleanup!
Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Window on the Waterfront
Join the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council as they remove trash and plastic debris from our parks along the water’s edge here in Holland!

7th Annual Ottawa County Grand River Cleanup
Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at Harbor Island in Grand Haven
Join West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) with small breakfast provided beforehand and a light lunch after the cleanup. With the event taking place after Earth Day and right before Mother’s Day they will be hosting a “Love Your Mother Earth” Day celebration!

~Joe Arevalo, Caring for Creation Coordinator