Friday, August 3, 2012

Fletcher Harper's Visit

Here's more information about the State College visit of Fletcher Harper which I mentioned in my post a couple of days ago.

The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, will appear at two events at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, on September 8, 2012

Saturday, 2:00-5:00 WORKSHOP
 “Are you a Good Steward?”
In this two-part event, Fletcher will describe environmental teachings from the world’s great religions, with a particular focus on Christian and Biblical teachings on the Earth.  Participants will gain resources to enrich their faith and to support their preaching and teaching on the importance of care of Creation.  

Refreshments will be provided from 3:15-3:45.  In the second segment (beginning around 3:45) Fletcher will address the questions, tensions and challenges that religious communities encounter when they address environmental issues – including religious, economic, political, scientific and cultural concerns.  He’ll then suggest ways to frame to environmental efforts in genuinely religious ways which empower faith communities to take action for the Earth.

University students and faculty and the local community are welcome to participate in this workshop.  You are welcome to attend only one part if that is what your schedule permits. 

Saturday Evening 7:30- 9:30 KEYNOTE
“Greening Our Faiths, Greening Our Lives”
Fletcher will speak about the Christian foundation for the care of Creation, and describe why this topic is vital to the future of the church.   He will present information on programming related to worship, religious education, sustainable consumption and advocacy, and will describe the GreenFaith Fellowship and Certification Programs, which provide opportunities for houses of worship, clergy and lay leaders to become religiously-based environmental leaders.  Participants will gain a range of free resources which they can use in their settings.

All are welcome; members of all local congregations, and pastoral staff, are warmly invited to hear this important message.  Participants will hear the witness of scripture and tradition, learn about the challenges of the times, and catch a vision for a hopeful future.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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