Opportunities for Engagement: April Congregational Focus on “Interdependence”

Four Sunday Services:

April 2 – “everything/ that ever was still is”

We begin a monthlong focus on the notion of “Interdependence” by reflecting on water, both literally and metaphorically. Craig Miller, as Lay Service Leader, brings a particular professional expertise to this topic. Our Adult Choir will sing two beautiful pieces. Our minister, Jay Leach, will invite us to reflect on (as poet Marilyn Nelson puts it) “the same water/ for billions of years recycled”.

April 9 – “Interdependence (not) for Idiots”
April 23 – Environmental Justice
April 30 – “Heaven’s Here on Earth”

Adult Programming Series: “What Exactly Is Environmental Justice?”

Join us as we seek a broader understanding of the environmental movement and, particularly, the importance of Environmental Justice as the movement matures into the 21st century.  The UUCC Environmental Transformation Team will facilitate this series which begins with a showing and conversation around the documentary film, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet, an “exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.” The second session will be an Environmental Justice 101 class to help get us all on the same page of understanding. We will invite community speakers in for the third session and on the last evening we will come together once more to discuss what we have learned and what this means for members of the UUCC.

We encourage you to sign up for the series and attend as many of the sessions as possible.  Click here to sign up for the Monday series or register at the Adult Programming table on Sundays.  See below for the film showing on this Thursday evening.

Thursday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 – Showing of the documentary film A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet  Click here to register.

Monday, April 10, 7:00-8:30 – Environmental Justice 101, facilitated by your Environmental Transformation Team

Next Up! – Join us Monday, April 24, 7:00-8:30 – Community Speakers including Nakisa Glover from HipHop Caucus and Hanna Mitchell from Greenpeace

Monday, May 8, 7:00-8:30 – What Have We Learned? A discussion

Multi-Generation Activity: “Our City’s Creeks” – Walk, Picnic and Presentation, Sunday, April 23

Join other UUCC families and friends on Sunday, April 23, as we head to a green space right here in our church neighborhood for a picnic and presentation on Charlotte’s creeks.

We are meeting in the area at the corner of Addison and Lincrest where McMullen Creek splits.  It’s an easy 15 minute walk or you can drive and park on one of those streets.  There is plenty of room to spread a blanket and run around.  Afterward, we will hear from our own Craig Miller, who works for the City of Charlotte’s Storm Water Services.  He will talk about the importance of Charlotte’s creeks, threats to their health, what is being done to protect them – and what we can do to aid in that effort.  We will also hear why creeks in our area are (on average) less polluted and threatened than creeks in less affluent parts of Charlotte.

Register HERE and you will receive walking directions.  All ages are welcome, including older and single members of the congregation! Bring a chair to sit on and your picnic lunch.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Kathleen Carpenter at Kathleen@uuccharlotte.org.

For Spanish Speakers

Our “Spanish Talks” affinity group invites you to join them on Sunday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. for a showing and conversation around the documentary, Aquí nos vamos a quedar (We are here to stay). All invited. Discussion will be in Spanish.

Common Reads

Resources for developing a better understand of Environmental Justice:

 “Environmental Justice, Explained,” a brief video.


“The Jemez Principles,” a “defining document,” basic to an understanding of Environmental Justice. 


Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

 According to many accounts, the environmental justice movement began right here in North Carolina. These resources provide an historical perspective. 


Brief history beginning with Warren County, NC, by Robert Bullard:  http://dissidentvoice.org/2007/05/25th-anniversary-of-the-warren-county-pcb-landfill-protests/


Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World by Paul Hawken.

News Article


TED Talk

TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Van Jones, 2010 (suitable for middle school and older)


Brief Video

Environmental Racism Explained, 2016


Opportunities to Engage in the Community:

Wearn Lecture at Davidson College
April 05, 2017 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Featuring Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber, an ecologist, environmental activist, mother and cancer survivor, has focused her career on informing and engaging the public about the links between pollution and human health. Her books include “Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment,” “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey into Motherhood” and “Raising Elijha: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.” Steingraber is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award and the Jenifer Altman Foundation’s award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer” and two honorary doctorates.

Location: Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

Contact: Pat Peroni, paperoni@davidson.edu

Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day – March for Science, Marshall Park, 10 am – 2 pm.

“SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE: The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”  http://www.charlottemarchforscience.com

Saturday – April 29 –  People’s Climate March in Washington DC

You can read more about the People’s Climate March here: https://peoplesclimate.org/

Bus Trip sponsored by Sierra Club. Contact Bus Captain Gerry Kingsley (gerry.m.kingsley@gmail.com) to signup.



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