First Meeting of the Mountain Sky Conference Creation Justice Task Force

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A post for Climate Connect, the blog of First Church’s Green Team.

The first Mountain Sky Conference Creation Justice Task Force met on June 24, 2021, on Zoom. Twenty Mountain Sky Conference members were in attendance, and First Church’s representative was Jana Milford.

The Task Force was approved on Earth Day, 2021, by Bishop Karen Oliveto. The initiative was brought forth with the signatures of over 110 clergy and laity, and four dedicated organizers.

The goal of the meeting was visioning. Some of the reasons participants listed for why they would like to be part of this initiative include interest in renewable energy for our churches; wanting to address inequalities and injustices in renewables; interest in social justice issues which intertwine with environmental justice issues; the desire to reduce paper, styrofoam and plastic use in our churches; interest in promoting solar energy for our church buildings; the desire for church leadership on environmental concerns; the need for social and cultural shifts to protect our earth resources; interest in regenerative food and farming; and much more!

Many participants expressed fear that not enough is happening, and not quickly enough, and that taking care of God’s creation has not been a priority in our churches and communities. Attendees voiced an understanding that we are promoting Christian values through Creation Justice.

The next meeting will be Thursday, August 26th, at 6:30 pm on Zoom. EMAIL BRENDA MEHOS, MOJO (Mission Outreach Justice Opportunities) Chair, if you’d like to attend, and she will send you the Zoom meeting link.

~ Post written by Brenda Mehos