Making A Difference

There are two things on my mind this morning, both having to do with how we live in the world and make it a better place. We had a most interesting program at Wonderful Wednesday on September 14. The Ries family from Georgia presented the purposes and causes of their One More Generation efforts to save endangered animals, and, more broadly, to save this good earth. The 9 and 11 year old children spoke with urgency about their concerns and their positive efforts to make a difference. One of their suggestions—stop using plastic bags! The average American, they told us, uses 500 per year, and they do not biodegrade. For a posting on their website about our program click here.

    Which reminds me that our church is beginning a green initiative program through the Chamber of Commerce…I believe we’re the first church in the county to do so. And, if you’re reading this, the church obviously has your email address. If you are receiving a paper copy of the monthly newsletter First Words, why not email Barbara Iversen and ask her to remove your name from the mailing list for a paper copy, and  save paper and postage.

    We are called to be stewards of God’s creation. The little things we do every day, like using reusable bags and saving paper, make a long-term difference.

    This Sunday, I hope you’ll plan to spend some time in the Gathering Area outside the sanctuary viewing the photography of Howard Zehr. Dr. Zehr is a pioneer in the restorative justice movement. I have seen his photographs, and they and their accompanying copy are powerful.

    The Cornerstone Class and Lake Junaluska are bringing Dr. Zehr to Lake Junaluska next weekend. The Friday night lecture in Shackford Hall will be free to the public. There is a charge for the Saturday sessions.

    Here’s an opportunity for us to think about ways of bringing about more healing and restoration for all concerned. While there are certainly no easy answers, surely Jesus would have us asking the questions and seeking the means of addressing both the victims’ pain and losses and the offenders’ rehabilitation. For more info click here.


See You Sunday Where We Hope to Make Differences in Our World,


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