The NRCCC will be very active during Earth Day Week in Washington, DC. If you live in the DC area, come to the National Cathedral for the 8:45am or 11:15am service. Matthew Sleeth, who leads the organization, Blessed Earth, will be preaching the creation care sermons to up to 3000 per service.
At 10:15am between the two services, a Forum will feature acclaimed poet, farmer, and social critic Wendell Berry. Wendell Berry is also delivering the 2012 Jefferson Lecture at the Kennedy Center the following evening, the highest honor the Federal government gives in the Humanities.If you don't live in the DC area, all of these events will be broadcast live.
Blessed Earth, the NRCCC, and the National Cathedral are the co-sponsors of this National Cathedral event and the luncheon that follows in which the NCCC will honor Wendell Berry with its 2012 Steward of Creation Award. This is the 14h year that this award had been extended to honorees.
On Sunday afternoon, we will support Earth Day on teh Mall and visit the numerous exhibits and events taking place there.
The next day, Monday April 23, everyone is invited to a Conference on Climate Change at St. Sophia's Cathedral (2815 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC at Massachusetts Avenue). Beginning at 9 am, opening remarks will be given by climatologist James Hansen, plus EPA head Lisa Jackson, and 350 org. leader Bill McKibben. 24 workshops will follow until the closing session at 4:30 pm. Registration is a donation of at least $25 to cover conference expense. This includes a catered box lunch.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the NRCCC will be visiting various offices in DC.
Additionally, on Tuesday April 24, the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC) will be sponsoring a day long series of events, including a vigil at the Martin Luther King, jr. Memorial beginning at dawn, followed at 9:15 by a procession. Other events include an interfaith service, and visits to key leaders in Congress.
On Wednesday delegates will meet with more members of Congress plus a variety of governmental offices. Participants do not represent their own views so much as the formal positions of their religious organizations. All major religious organizations have statements on climate change and all have concluded that this is a most serious matter which government should address.
On Thursday, April 26, the Evangelical Environmental Network invites everyone to their Global Day of Prayer for Creation Care.
Wendell Berry and Matthew Sleeth
head up Earth Day Sunday event.
James Hansen, renowned climatologist, will speak at the Climate Conference on April 23.
Bill McKibben, head of 350.org, will speak at the Climate Conference.
Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA, will speak at the Climate Conference