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EARTH:

Earth Action, Reflection, Theology and Hope
Dear Friends in Earth Care,

On our recent Steering Committee call, we shared how each of us will give thanks this week. Our rituals ranged from gathering with 50 people around one great table to taking a few days for solitude and rest, from gathering with family to gathering with friends. I was struck by the diversity of our plans and yet each of us spoke with anticipation for time set aside to be grateful.

Below you'll meet the newest member of our Steering Committee, find the link to our Advent Devotional, as well as art and poetry. We've also landed on a new name for these monthly emails--EARTH: Earth Action, Reflection, Theology, and Hope. Such a name mirrors the myriad of ways we engage in creation care, and I look forward to how we're explore these ways together.

However you spend this week, may you remember how deeply you are loved by God and how cherished the whole Creation is. Thank you for being part of Presbyterians for Earth Care.

with hope and gratitude,
Abby Mohaupt, Vice Moderator and Newsletter Coordinator
Presbyterians for Earth Care
Welcome to Tama Eller
 

Tama grew up in South Carolina with Pecan, Pine, Blue Jay, Tent Caterpillar, and a wonderful church family, as companions.  Her father shared a kindness toward nature that helped grow her connection with God’s creation, alongside Bethelwoods Camp and playing outside.  She studied at Country Day Academy (which had an annual conservation celebration); the University of South Carolina (for political and natural science); and Union-PSCE and Columbia Theological Seminary (for educational ministry and creation stewardship). Tama has enjoyed leading educational experiences in earth care since 1990 and serves in the Creation Stewardship Ministry in New Hope Presbytery in North Carolina and the surrounding region. She loves discovering in the wild, and her action interests include litter, safe crossings for wildlife, water, and wildlife habitat. Tama finds strength for this calling through her relationship with Christ, family and friends, and earth care companions.  
 

  
Advent is coming!

 
For our Advent meditations this year we have focused on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si, mi Signore (Be Praised, my Lord), On Care For Our Common Home. John 1:5 is our scriptural context: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” 
 
We hope you'll join us for Advent, starting with the introduction here.
 
-Nancy Corson Carter,
Advent Devotion Editor
Perhaps the World Ends Here

By Joy Harjo
 
The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

"Perhaps the World Ends Here" from The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Joy Harjo. Copyright © 1994 by Joy Harjo. Used by permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., www.wwnorton.com.
 
Jiyoung Kim is a South Korean artist for children's books. A mom and Christian Educator currently living in a northern suburb of Chicago, Jiyoung creates original art that reminds us that every person is loved and that God calls us to care for creation. Her work has appeared in several books and curriculum for the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PROK), and is made from clay and found objects.
want to join the newsletter committee and help PEC reflect on God's creation? email abby mohaupt to join us.
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