Interfaith Green Coalition is again hosting a series of public discussions during the Season of Creation.
Expect intriguing and challenging discussions of our shared role as stewards of God’s creation. All are invited to join the group for inspiration and spiritual grounding as they address the urgent need for solutions to the crises facing our common home.
The Season of Creation begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology in many traditions. The 2018 series of free presentations will focus on the 2018 theme, Walking Together Through Our Sacred Creation.
The group has designed a beautiful color poster promoting the events. Iowa Interfaith Power & Light is co-sponsoring and promoting the series.
The following presentations are part of this year’s Season of Creation activities:
The Seventh Generation: An Indigenous Perspective on Creation Care – Rev. Nikira Hernandez-Evans
Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm in Waveland Hall of Plymouth United Church of Christ, 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines. Nikira Hernandez-Evans is a queer, mixed-race minister, activist, and healer. She draws on her Native Paiute ancestry, her studies in Environmental Justice and United Church of Christ traditions to inform her preaching and teaching. Nikira is currently serving as Associate Minister at Plymouth UCC.
Spiritual Dimensions of Agriculture – Dr. Fred Kirschenmann
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 pm, Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St., Des Moines. Fred Kirschenmann is Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and a professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Fred is widely recognized as an eloquent advocate for sustainable agriculture, soil health and organic farming. He continues to manage his family’s 1,800-acre certified-organic farm in south-central North Dakota.
Climate Change Demands that the Dream of a World of Abundance Becomes a Reality – Matt Russell
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm in the Mary and Martha Room of St Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th St., Urbandale. Matt Russell is the Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. He is a 5th generation Iowa farmer and an outspoken advocate for finding solutions to climate change. In his role at Iowa IPL, he combines an early career in ministry with a more recent career in sustainable agriculture.
Finding Hope in this Time of Environmental Crisis – United Methodist Bishop Laurie Haller
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2900 49th St., Des Moines. Laurie Haller, Resident Bishop Iowa Area of The United Methodist Church, was elected Bishop at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. She was serving as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham in the Detroit Annual Conference when she was elected to the Episcopacy. She is the author of the book Recess; Rediscovering Play and Purpose (2015).
This is the third year that faith communities across the Des Moines Metro Area have participated in the Season of Creation, sponsored in Des Moines by the Interfaith Green Coalition and Iowa Interfaith Power & Light.