Hope for Creation wishes you an April full of meaning and action. If you’re looking for suggestions, here’s our 2022 list of ways to observe Earth Day.
As our Christian congregations mark the season of Lent, we remember the 2014 Lenten supper series that led to the formation of Hope for Creation. Four local leaders shared their perspectives and their calls to action with the Kalamazoo faith community. We’re excited to report that we’ve added access to the historic recordings of this four-part series to our webpage.
Speaking of our webpage, when you visit this month, you’ll be greeted with a splash of all the many ways local congregations are marking Earth Day in greater Kalamazoo. It’s not too late to add your congregation’s commemoration – just email us the details.
And as we prepare to commemorate Earth Day later this month, we lift up the many contributions of Sister Ginny Jones, who helped host the very first Earth Day in Kalamazoo in 1970. Sister Ginny has been a faithful advocate for creation care and environmental justice, serving on the founding board of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light and as part of the group that formed Hope for Creation. Thank you, Sister Ginny, for all of the ways you call us to care for the Earth.
Hope for Creation will mark Earth Week with a screening of YOUTH v GOV, on Thursday, April 21, from 7-9 PM on Zoom. Join us and thousands of others across the country in viewing the film that tells the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Registration required in advance for this online film screening (110 minutes) on April 21; register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, email Hope for Creation.
I’ll close with a reminder of how Hope for Creation will wrap up the month of April, providing volunteers for the City of Kalamazoo’s quarterly EPS foam recycling drop-off: Saturday, April 30, from 10 AM to 1 PM, at Mayor’s Riverfront Park. For more on this, see page 7 of the City’s View from the Curb.
We welcome you – and your congregation – to join us as we encourage and support faith-based climate action in southwest Michigan. Have a great Earth Day!