Posted March 11, 2021:
Trinity rang the bells for Climate Justice. See Video
Posted March 1, 2021: Training for Rise Above Plastics Advocacy Week
Please register to receive the Zoom link for the training session, Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m:
As the impacts of plastic pollution continues to grow YOUR VOICE is needed more than ever to urge Florida’s state legislators to support bills during the 2021 legislative session that will address this crisis. Please save the dates below and join our training session on March 2cd to get all the info you need!
TRAINING PRESENTATION- TUESDAY, MARCH 2cd 7:00-8:15 p.m. Eastern
- The Plastic Pollution Crisis- what you need to know and what you can do
- Overview of plastics legislation for the 2021 session
- Virtual Advocacy 101- how to meet with your representatives
- IMPORTANT! REGISTER HERE TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK TO JOIN
Save the dates:
ADVOCACY WEEK KICK OFF EVENT- MONDAY, MARCH 15 7:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern-Meet state legislators and your fellow advocates and get all the info you need for your meetings with legislators!
VIRTUAL MEETINGS WITH LEGISLATORS– Week of March 15– don’t worry, you will be with a group of experienced people! More info to come.
Posted March 1, 2021:
April 7, 2021, at 6:30pm: Inaugural Meeting of the Creation Care Ministry
Please join us on Wednesday, April 7th, at 6:30pm for a meeting with the Creation Care ministry team. This meeting will serve to introduce you to the mission of this ministry as well as to form committees for future projects.
Sign up at Sign Up Genius.
This meeting will be via Zoom and a link will be sent out to those on the sign up.
Posted Feb. 26, 2021:
February 12, 2021: Sacred Waters Presentation
Also, if you have a few minutes, we’d really appreciate your feedback in the following survey!
Thank you again, and we hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming virtual programs.
Florida Water Stories
Zoom Presentation with Gadsden Arts staff and Clyde Butcher
Virtually meet the renowned photographer and Florida Artist Hall of Fame Artist winner, Clyde Butcher. The artist will join us from his home in south Florida for a lively discussion about his America the Beautiful series, and the audience will have chance to ask question. Register here.
February 8, 2021: Suggested Books on Climate Care
Thank you for joining the zoom meetings during these past four weeks as we explore and discuss pertinent issues on climate care. We have been fortunate to have knowledgeable and most interesting speakers.
Wednesday night, 7:00, we will conclude Trinity’s Lay Academy with Sue Cerulean, a naturalist, caring daughter and keeper of St. Vincent’s Island. She will weave her experiences of caring for God’s creations together. It will prove to be a most interesting and sensitive session.
Trinity UMC is in the process of forming a ministry of Creation Care. Our intent is to engage our congregation in sustainability, gardening and sharing our immense natural resources in the local area. We hereby invite you to join in the coming weeks with topics of interest and ways that we can work together.
To stay further engaged in this subject, I have listed below the following books that should be of interest. Share, if you will, other books that you have read and would like to recommend to the group.
THE NEW CLIMATE WAR: THE FIGHT TO TAKE BACK OUR PLANET: Michael Mann
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: CAPITALISM VS THE CLIMATE: Naomi Klein
ON FIRE: THE BURNING CASE FOR A GREEN DEAL: Naomi Klein
HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER: Bill Gates
A LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE: David Attenborough. (Check out the movie )
CLIMATE CHURCH; CLIMATE WORLD: HOW PEOPLE OF FAITH MUST WORK FOR CHANGE: David Antal
Thank you for being apart of our caring community,
January 29, 2021: Start a Creation Care Ministry in 6 Simple Steps
Online Training to “Start a Creation Care Ministry in 6 Simple Steps” will take place on Friday, January 29 from 7 – 8:30 pm.
Many United Methodists care deeply about protecting Florida’s environment and follow their biblical call to live more sustainably. Some have formed church gardens that feed their neighbors who struggle with food insecurity. Others cherish spending time in nature and work to protect native habitats, sometimes in their own backyards. All of these activities and more make up a growing ministry called Creation Care, and the FLUMC Creation Care Task Team is offering a new, free online training called ‘Start a Creation Care Ministry in 6 Simple Steps.’ Experienced leaders will share how to begin a fruitful Creation Care ministry at local churches, and all FLUMC church members, clergy, and staff are invited to this online Zoom event
Whether you are brand new or a seasoned Creation Care leader, this training will be enriching and fun. Every attendee will receive the free Kindle book ‘7 Simple Steps to Green Your Church’ as a special gift!
Registration is open, so sign up and share with your church leaders and Green Teams now, because space is limited. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/start-a-creation-care-ministry-in-6-simple-steps-tickets-133996060825
Questions? Contact Cara Fleischer, FLUMC Creation Care Task Team Chair at [email protected]
January 26, 2021, 12-1 pm: Resuming “Eat, Pray, Grow” Monthly Zoom Gathering
Join FLUMC Creation Care leaders for an hour of eco-inspiration over lunch.
TOPIC: Earthkeeper Training and the Creation Justice Movement
At the next Eat, Pray, Grow online meeting on January 26 from 12-1 pm, the FLUMC Creation Care Task Team will welcome Rev. Jenny Phillips to share the status of the national Creation Justice movement and explain the benefits of the UMC Earthkeeper training designed for clergy and laity who are ready to dive deeper into Creation Care ministry. Our two new Florida Earthkeepers, Sara Nussel and Kim Wendt, will also share their experiences from the last training.
Read more about Earthkeepers here: https://umcmission.org/…/new-class-of-global…/
At Eat, Pray, Grow meetings you can:
EAT your lunch during the call
PRAY for creation and receive spiritual nourishment and hope
GROW in Creation Care leadership with access to tools, training, and Florida-specific advocacy.
Request the meeting Zoom link here: [email protected].
January 13 to February 10, 2021: Lay Academy Presents Impressive Speakers on “Climate Change: Climate Care.”
What does current science say about climate change and its effects? What are Florida’s environmental regulations? How can citizens conserve, protect and recycle most effectively? How does the Green Faith Alliance promote and assist in the practice of sustainability? What are the spiritual relationships and responsibilities we share to care for the earth and each other? Experts on climate change and the care for our natural world will explore their responses to these questions and others relating to one of the most pressing issues confronting us as stewards of God’s earthly kingdom.
To see details on this upcoming Lay Academy series, including list of speakers, descriptions, time, and dates of all sessions, beginning January 13, please go to Lay Academy.
Service Opportunity – Divine Dirt
Through the Green Faith Alliance, Trinity is partnering with the iGrow Community Garden Movement. The iGrow is a Frenchtown based youth empowerment and urban agricultural program of the Tallahassee Food Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow community- based food systems to ensure food security and accessibility and providing healthy, affordable food for all.
The DIVINE DIRT project will help us build relationships with this traditionally underserved served community and foster racial harmony while we work together to grow food.
Under the supervision of Miaisha Mitchell, Trinity members work in the garden located at 611-Dent Street, Monday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Others working alongside us are members of the Green Faith Alliance, representing faith communities such as St Paul’s UMC, Temple Israel, Holy Comforter, and the Quaker community. All workers wear masks, gloves and maintain social distancing. They all bring their own water supply.
Throughout the summer months, members prepare new garden plots ,raised beds, water existing beds, weed, plant new beds, trim bushes and help maintain the garden space on Dent St.
Proposed fall garden projects are as follows: build new raised beds on available land, encourage more Trinity member participation, involve our youths to learn gardening skills, dialogue with community church members and neighborhood residents. Winter crops that are anticipated would be lettuces, collards, kale and other seasonal vegetables.
Times and day would be determined by the director as well as polling of Trinity volunteers. Produce from the garden would be distributed for the area residents or sold at other community gardens.
Our goals are to build awareness of sustainable food, healthy eating and cooking and work toward environmental, climate and social justice. By working together as ONE we can make this happen.
If interested, please contact our Trinity representatives below:
Linda Rogers: [email protected]
Mary Ann Moore: [email protected]
Green Faith Alliance representatives for Trinity United Methodist Church