Environmental Ministry Events

SAVE THE DATE!  The next meeting of the Environmental Ministry is Sunday, February 18 at 11:15   

Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation.  It is a time of repentance, reflection and action.  During the upcoming  Lenten Season -- Ash Wednesday (February 14)  thru Easter (April 1) - we ask that members of our congregation prayerfully consider enrolling in the Ecumenical Carbon Fast, sponsored by the MACUCC.   When you enroll (for free), you will receive daily emails suggesting one small action you can take that day to protect God's creation, along with a prayer or contemplation.   By living our faith in this way, we can rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another.    Please follow this link to enroll.

In the meantime, here are some ways to help care for creation within the larger community:

Friday, February 9, 9:00-10:00 am -- Sierra Club Massachusetts has arranged this date for climate activists to meet with State Representative Alice Peisch and discuss Sierra Club's top legislative priorities:  Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), no pipeline tax and Dept. of Public Utilities reform, and eliminating the solar net metering cap.   This is a good time to get your feet wet, since there will be seasoned Sierra Club activists there.  Background materials will be forwarded to you upon your RSVP at mgard62@gmail.com.

Monday, February 13, 7:00-9:00 @ Wellesley Town Hall, Great Room --   Greenhouse Gas Forum -- The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant has hired Analysis Group to prepare a report on actions the town can take to conserve electricity and use more renewable energy. Phase 1 of the report will focus on opportunities from now through the year 2030 and will be delivered in March. Phase 2 will focus on the years 2030 to 2050.  Wellesley residents are encouraged to attend. Written comments are also welcomed. 

February 13 to April 3, 2017- Eco-Theology MOOC course (Yale Divinity School)
Participate from your home in "Thomas Berry and the Journey of the Universe", a Yale Divinity School MOOC course (fee).  Follow this link for more information and to register.

February 15, 6.30-7.45, Wellesley Hills Library, no RSVP
Hills Branch
Living Sustainably in the Suburbs: Reducing Food Waste is Easy & Important

Reducing Food Waste

Ongoing:  the Wellesley RDF is now taking almost all food waste (even bones and meat!)  to convert to biogas!!    All supplies (compost bucket, liners and a container for transport to the RDF) are supplied for free.   Try it -- It's actually less messy than combining your food waste with the garbage!   For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.wellesleyma.gov/899/Food-Waste-Program

MOVIE NIGHTS! Join Sustainable Wellesley for one or all of 3 Dinner and Movie Nights

Movie nights will take place in the Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Free LibraryFree and open to the public, with dinner served!  RSVP on Eventbrite required.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and screenings start at 6:45 p.m.
Following each film will be a brief Q&A and discussion ending at 9 p.m.

Monday, February 12th, Triple Divide: “The best documentary on fracking”
Dinner: Chipotle
Panelists: Regina LaRoque and Lise Olney
RSVP for February 12th

Wednesday, March 14th, PlanEat: Nothing changes the planet as much as the way we eat.
Dinner: Cocobee
Panelist: Kelly Caiazzo
RSVP for March 14th

Wednesday, April 11th: A Plastic Ocean: We need a wave of change
Dinner: Sweet Gree
Panelists: TBA
RSVP for April 11th