The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.
– 1 Samuel 10:6
Becoming Prophets of Change
At every age, God has called ordinary people to become prophets when the people of God needed to be guided along a new path. The earth care pledge requires our congregation to reach out–to become prophets who encourage God’s people to greater respect for and care of the earth.
We do this in many ways–by helping people experience and appreciate nature; by providing opportunities to learn new skills to care for the earth; by encouraging people to join and support organizations committed to care of the earth; and through public policy education. Examples of recent outreach activities are listed below. We invite you to join us!
Members Presbyterians for Earth Care – PEC, formerly Presbyterians for Restoring Creation, invites individuals and congregations to participate in the growing earth care movement within the PC(USA). PEC is a national eco-justice network that cares for God’s creation by connecting, equipping, and inspiring Presbyterians to make creation care a central concern of the church.
Earth Care Expo Outings – Each spring the Earth Care Team offers a variety of ways for the congregation to enjoy nature, including bird, flower and tree identification walks, leisure hikes, bike rides and more.
Battery Recycling Program – We participate in the City of Urbana U-Cycle Recycling Program by offering a location for members to recycle used batteries.
Prairie Rivers Network Fundraiser – Each year members from our congregation participate in a fundraiser associated with the Illinois Prairie Rivers Network.
Community Participation – On occassion our church is partners with Faith In Place, an Illinois group that works to “inspire religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through education, connection, and advocacy.” We also participate in community events, such as the April, 2015 Earth Care Expo co-sponsored by Faith in Place, C-U Interfaith Alliance and the Urbana Park District. Individual church members also are active in a variety of environmental organizations.