CAMDEN — The First Congregational Church of Camden will present a Lenten Series on the topics of Creation Care and Climate Change. The series will be offered on six successive Thursday evenings, February 27 through April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., and each program will begin with a light soup supper.
The German Mystic Hildegard of Bingen spoke of God in this way: “I am the living breath in a human being placed in a tabernacle of marrow, veins, bones, and flesh, giving it vitality and supporting its every Government” (St. Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias I 4:4).
This life-giving presence of God permeates not only humans but all that is, according to the Church, in a news release.
“We are a part of God’s delicate and interdependent eco-system,” said the Church. “We have the capacity to play a role in its stewardship for good or ill. We have all seen the increased storms, floods, fires, droughts and their multi-faceted impact on our lives, including human migration.”
This year’s Lenten Series engages the multifaceted challenges of climate change, celebrates the beauty of the earth, and explores possible responses.
The topics for each Thursday evening are as follows:
February 27: Introduction to Climate Change. Theological foundations and introduction to the series, including viewing the film Maine Road Trip to the Future. Discussion will be led by Greg Worden.
March 5: Jewish and Christian Perspectives. Presentations and discussion. Presenters: Rabbi Lily Solochek of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, Rockland, and Reverend Dr. Ute Molitor of the First Congregational Church, UCC, Camden.
March 12: Buddhist Perspectives. Presentations and discussion. Presenters: Cynthia Trone of Dancing Elephant Sangha, in Rockland, and Peggy Smith, Dharma teacher with True Heart Sangha, in Camden.
March 19: Celebrating Creation through Music & Poetry. Readings of poetry and short excerpts, featuring Kristen Lindquist and other poets. Music by Maho Hisakawa and April Reed-Cox.
March 26: Reflections on Resistance and Potential & Local Stories of Impact. Talk by Greg Worden: “Global Challenge and Opportunities of Climate Change.” Speakers on local impact; panel discussion led by Greg Worden.
April 2: Creation Justice and Where Do We Go From Here? Who is most impacted and what role do race and economics play? What does it mean and take to be a “Green Church” and practice creation justice? Practical next steps will be examined.
In addition to the Thursday evening series, the church will also be sponsoring a special retreat on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., entitled Day of Mindfulness on Climate Change: Falling in Love with the Earth. This program will be led by Rob Wall, Zen Priest in the Thich Nhat Hanh Tradition and representative of the True Heart Sangha in Camden. Format includes readings interspersed with periods of sitting and walking meditation, a potluck lunch (please bring enough for yourself and one other person), and guided deep relaxation.
All of these programs are free and open to the public, and pre-registration is required.
For more information and to register, call the First Congregational Church office at 207-236-4821.