When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St., downtown Asheville.
Green Congregations Founder and WNC Alliance Campaign Coordinator Anna Jane Joyner spoke with Xpress about how her group reaches out to different faith communities on environmental causes.
How did Green Congregations come about?
We started meeting in April of 2012 as a handful of folks from several local congregations interested in the connection between faith and environmental protection. [We] identified our focus issues as food, faith and energy/climate. On average, representatives from 10-15 area congregations attend our bimonthly meetings. Our first big event was the Care of Creation Vigil in April 2013, which was a grand success with over 200 folks coming out to Pritchard Park for the occasion.
How does your group promote its mission?
We host events such as the Vigil, [Saturday’s] panel with Dr. Sleeth ... [we also] help promote creation-care related events hosted by local congregations and engage in advocacy initiatives. This fall we’ll be launching an initiative supporting the Asheville Beyond Coal campaign. ... We’re passionate about serving as a true network of local churches where we can exchange ideas and tips, helping equip our congregations to engage in creation-care efforts and support each other on this creation-care journey.
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