Green Chalice News Jan. 2023

January 18, 2023

Green Chalice News Jan. 2023

Inspirational New Year Green Chalice Gathering 

Clergy and Lay Leaders of established or emerging Green Chalice churches were welcomed to this informative and spirit led conversation. Stay tuned for announcements and Join us for the next session!

We heard stories from Green Chalice Congregations, including:

Rev. Sharyn Cosby, In the Spirit Christian Church, Oklahoma

Rev. Rebecca Sundquist, First Christian Church, Seeds of Hope Garden and Farm, Highland, Indiana

Cathy Cralle Jones, St. Paul’s Christian Church in Raleigh, NC

Meeting Video Available Here

You Can Audit This Course!


Lexington Theological Seminary

Feb. 27-March 25, 2023

This completely online, on-demand course will equip students to engage their congregation or local organization in the areas of environmental justice, the climate crisis, eco-anxiety/eco-grief, and developing resilience and restoration for and with God’s Creation. Students will be trained to communicate with their organization about the most recent information regarding climate and environmental science, as well as how to process the reactions and responses that arise from facing the realities of our current crises. Students will use an assessment tool to determine the level of Creation-care engagement in their organization and choose a track for their final project based on the needs and possibilities of their local environmental context and organization. Along the way, we will engage in readings, presentations, discussions, and eco-spiritual practices to help us process our own emotions and sustain our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health for this vital work.

Instructors: Rev. Dr. Leah Schade and Rev. Carol Devine  Costs: $25 Application Fee, $60 for course, $30 technology fee

Email Admissions Director Stephanie Moon for more information.

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“We had the unexpected benefits of new leadership emerging in our church after starting the Green Chalice Program”

Please share your insights, projects, and stories as you live out your faith through the Green Chalice Ministry.

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Film Screening: The Ants and the Grasshopper 

March 1, 2023 7 pm ET

Register Here

Join us online for a free screening of an acclaimed documentary that follows the life of the inspiring Anita Chitaya. After successfully confronting challenge after challenge in her home country of Malawi, Chitaya comes to the United States faced with the most difficult task of her life. In order to save her home from extreme weather, she seeks to persuade people in the United States that climate change is real. The film documents her efforts as she travels around the country from California to the White House to engage everyone from climate skeptics to despairing farmers.

The documentary has received numerous film festival awards and accolades. Journalist Michael Pollen declared that he was “blown away” by this powerful film about “a hero of such grace and intelligence and power.”

Join us from the comfort of your home or gather with others from your faith community for this film screening. An action guide and a Bible study are available to make the most of the experience.

This event is cohosted by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Green Chalice Ministries, the Environmental Justice Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and Blessed Tomorrow.


YOU ARE INVITED    Creation Care Retreat

February 6-7th, Montreat, NC

Featuring Avery Davis Lamb of Creation Justice Ministries

Register Here

Green Chalice is partnering with the Creation Care Alliance to host a winter retreat and symposium for creation care professionals, volunteers, lay leaders, and clergy on February 6th and 7th at the Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain.

Monday’s retreat is specifically for clergy and faith leaders, and will include presentations from keynote speaker Avery Davis Lamb, Creation Justice Ministries Co-Director on how congregations can create more climate-resilient communities and practice climate hospitality.

Tuesday’s symposium is open to all creation care advocates and leaders, and will include workshops, community conversation, and time for rest, relationship, and prayer. Snacks and lunch will be provided, and there is a group discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation.

Workshops include: Climate Hospitality & Resilience

  • Justice & Solidarity with Indigenous Communities
  • Energy Efficiency and Solar 101
  • Organizing for Change
  • Bringing the Lawn Back to Life
  • Finding Support in Eco-Grief
  • Telling our Story for Eco-Justice
  • Discerning Next (or First) Steps for Creation Care
  • Children & Youth Caring for Creation

Registration closes on January 30th.

Scholarships are available, Email Sarah Ogletree.

Climate Ambassador Training

Disciples have an on-demand Climate Ambassador Training available through Blessed Tomorrow.

Take the 4 hour training on your schedule in 6 weeks.

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Use Code: DoCBTAmbassador21

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First Christian Church of Jefferson City, MO 

to the Green Chalice Family

First Christian Church of Jefferson City, Missouri is working to care for neighbors and the environment by creating an energy management policy targeted at controlling lights and HVAC temperatures, recycling everything possible from food pantry pallets to all glass, aluminum, paper, plastic and even light bulbs. They are sharing their faithful creation care stories with the congregations and are partnering with other churches, civic organizations and community members.
Become A Green Chalice Ministry
1. Start a Creation Care Team.

2. Sign the Green Chalice Covenant as a team or congregation.

3. Make at least 3 changes that demonstrate your congregation’s commitment to caring for God’s creation.

EMAIL the following:

1. Congregation name, City, State, address, phone number

and name of Contact;

2. the date the Covenant was signed; and

3. the 3 or more creation care changes made.

Please attach a photo of the church, green team, or green work.


The Peace of Wild Things


When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

—Wendell Berry

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