Creation Care Training coming to North Alabama in October
Do you have a green thumb or maybe an idea of how your congregation could better care for the earth? If you do, then you are in luck. The United Metodist Church's EarthKeeper training is coming to the North Alabama Conference on October 5-8, 2023. EarthKeeper training is designed to provide United Methodists with advocacy training on topics of eco-theology, antiracism, and community organizing so that our local churches are better equipped to face the consequences of the climate crisis.
As a part of the EarthKeeper training, you will design a project for your local church. Projects vary in size and scope. Does your local church need to begin recycling? Could your church benefit from switching to solar power? Is there a food desert in your community you could help overcome?
North Alabama’s own Rev. Adam Burns dreamed big when he became an EarthKeeper in 2019. With his community at Church of the Reconciler UMC in downtown Birmingham and the nonprofit Community on the Rise, Rev. Burns developed a plastics recycling workshop that transforms #5 plastic waste into new products. The products are then sold at community markets and online to help purchase government identification for the homeless. Check out their products at https://shop.communityontherise.com/collections/all.
The Church of the Reconciler UMC will host the training in October and they would love to see many North Alabama members there. The deadline for applying for the training is August 23rd so get your application in quickly. Please visit https://umcmission.org/EarthKeepers/ to apply.
If you have any questions about the training or need help thinking of project ideas, don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Burns. Feel free to email him at email@example.com.