Summaries of major events sponsored by Earth Ministry in 2009
- Seattle Climate Rally & EPA Hearing
- On May 21, 2009, the EPA came to Seattle to receive public comment on their findings that greenhouses gases pose a threat to human health. Three religious leaders testified at the EPA hearing in the morning and at noon 30 religious leaders showed their support for action on climate change in front of a crowd of 2,000 people - including many Earth Ministry/WAIPL members!
- 2009 Celebration of St. Francis: Creation Care Sermon Contest
- Earth Ministry's annual celebration in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. On September 26, 2009, Earth Ministry held a creation care sermon contest as part of the Celebration, which included earth-honoring worship music, a prayer to honor our Greening Congregations, and a short film about species extinction due to climate change.
- Earth Ministry 350.org Gathering: Food, Climate Change, and the Church
- On October 24, 2009, people around the world gathered for a day of climate change action and awareness. Earth Ministry members and colleagues came together to learn about and discuss the intimate links between the food we eat, climate change, and the role faith communities play in protecting and preserving our beautiful Earth through thoughtful food choices.
- Faith in Action: Earth Ministry in the Washington State Legislature
- The Earth Ministry community was active and visible in advocating for God’s creation during the 2009 session! In Olympia, Program & Outreach Director Jessie Dye joined with other members of the Religious Coalition for the Common Good to present a state-wide social and environmental justice agenda to elected officials.
- Earth Ministry Eco-Tour of the Holy Land
- In late January 2009, Earth Ministry co-founder Carla Pryne and Executive Director LeeAnne Beres led nineteen Earth Ministry members and friends on an eco-tour to Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
- Earth Ministry Members in the News
- In early 2009, two Earth Ministry members appeared in Washington newspapers touting their support for the Cap and Invest bill, strong climate legislation that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our state.