“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn
April is ERUUF's Earth and Climate Justice Month, and with state covid cases below 5%, a post-pandemic world is on the horizon! ERUUF's Earth Justice Action Group is excited that some of our 2022 Earth and Climate Justice offerings will include in-person events and activities! We invite all members and friends to participate in as many of them as possible!
- Saturday, April 16, 3:00 - 4:30 pm via Zoom - Discussion of the book, Waste by Catherine Coleman Flowers - Don't miss an opportunity for a great discussion of an important book! The book is Waste by the MacArthur "Genius" winner Catherine Coleman Flowers (learn more at Flowers's website) and the ERUUF Zoom discussion is on Saturday, April 16, 3-4:30 pm. Beginning in Lowndes County, Alabama, Flowers describes her efforts to empower residents, often People of Color, and improve wastewater systems. Audio and eBook versions of Waste are available at the Durham County Library. Sponsored jointly by ERUUF's Earth Justice Action Group and Multicultural Team (MCT). Point of contact: Lynda Hambourger, . Register here.
- Sundays, April 10 - May 8, 9:30-10:30 am, In-Person Only, Fellowship Hall - Voluntary Simplicity Series: Participate in this five-session course that explores the practice of simplicity. As a practice, to simplify is to reduce to essentials, to streamline, and to clarify. This curriculum explores simplicity in all of these ways. It examines the view that each person can, at the same time, improve his or her quality of life, reduce expenses, and live more lightly on the Earth. It also explores how to be at ease, free from compulsion and attachment, and without the need to possess or control. The discipline is to consciously simplify, by gradually releasing the things, attitudes, and commitments that distract us in our daily lives. Course books will be available for purchase (cash or check, please) or lending in the ERUUF Office. The Office is open Tuesday-Thursday 10 am-4 pm and Sundays after service. Point of contact: Jonathan Sheline, . Register here.
- Sunday, April 10 - Worship & Generosity Sunday - Attend and support our April Generosity Sunday that will highlight and support the Passive Solar Apartment Awning Fund, an environmental justice project of the Durham Community Land Trust. Point of contact: Trisha Lester, .
- Monday, April 11- Sunday, May 1 - Film: Youth vs. Gov offered by Interfaith Power & Light - Watch the film, Youth vs. Gov. This film is the featured film of Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Climate Action Week, April 22-May 1, 2022. The theme this year is “Sacred Trust: Our children’s right to a livable future” which will examine our responsibility to safeguard our Earth for future generations, and how our faiths call us to respond with bold and just solutions to climate change. On April 27, 4:30 pm PT, Interfaith Power & Light will host a webinar with the filmmaker Christi Cooper, and two youth plaintiffs from the film. Check the e-news and ERUUF calendar of events for details closer to the date. Point of contact, Tom Fletcher, .
- Saturday, April 16, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall - Film: The Journey of the Universe - This one-of-a-kind film was written by Brian Swimme and Yale University historian of religions, Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers, Journey of the Universe was produced and directed by Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard. The story is also told with breathtaking clarity in the accompanying book written by Swimme and Tucker and published by Yale University Press. Points of contact: Cheryl Turney, . and Denise Frizzell, . Register here.
Monday - Sunday, April 18-24: Plant-Based Eating Week: Our annual Earth Plant-Based Eating Week to support you in your plant-based eating goals.
- Monday, April 18, 7:00-8:30 pm, Fellowship Hall and Zoom: Talk (30 minutes) + Q&A with Dr. Jonathine Sheline - Join us for a 30-minute talk from Dr. Sheline on the benefits of plant-based eating, followed by a one-hour Q&A session at which we can discuss various topics, such as the environmental costs of animal agriculture, what supplements you should take, inexpensive and quick plant-based meals, good sources for recipes. Register here.
- Thursday, April 21: 7:00-8:30 pm, Fellowship Hall and Zoom - Film: Eating Our Way To Extinction (repeat showing) - Join us and bring your favorite vegan movie snacks! Stay tuned for more details. Point of contact, Jonathan Sheline, . Register here.
- Saturday, April 23, 9:30-3:00 pm, Fellowship Hall: Sustainable Living Fair: Transforming Ourselves, Transforming our Communities
This year our Sustainable Living Fair will focus on community sustainability solutions with presentations by local community leaders who will highlight volunteer opportunities to be part of the solution. Topic areas covered include environmental stewardship and justice; waste reduction, and food security and justice. Catered plant-based lunch. $10 lunch donation requested. Please register by Friday, April 15, 5:00 pm. Point of contact: Denise Frizzell, . See the full schedule of events and register here.
- Sunday, April 24: Annual Earth Day Worship Service: Point of contact, Betsy Bickel, .
- Sunday, April 24: Congregation Celebration (Earth Day and Green Sanctuary Accreditation), 12:30 pm, tentative. All ERUUFians are invited to this locally catered plant-based meal to celebrate Earth Day 2022 and our Green Sanctuary accreditation, awarded in February after five years of congregational effort! We'll enjoy fellowship, listen to music, eat delicious food, and share stories about what we learned during the month and throughout the Green Sanctuary accreditation journey. To assist with food ordering, please register by Monday, April 18. Point of contact, Denise Frizzell, . Register here.
- Sunday, April 24: Film, Brave Blue World, Time, In-person in Fellowship Hall at 1:15 p.m., followed by a hybrid discussion at 2:15. Register here to receive the Zoom link: Join fellow ERUUFians in the watching of the documentary, Brave Blue World which highlights scientific and technological advancements that have been taking place to ensure the world’s population has access to clean water and safe sanitation services and the environment is protected. Point of contact: Lynda Hambourger, .