...And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Taking inspiration from this little detail at the end of Matthew's account of the nativity, Stephen Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Dori Grineko Baker put forth Another Way Manifesto in their book, Another Way: Living & Leading Change on Purpose. The whole book is worth a read, but the following points from their Manifesto strike me as particularly relevant to environmental ministries:

  • There is a future that mourns if you and I do not step into our purpose.
  • Leadership is a communal practice that builds the capacity of a team, community, or organization to envision and enact a future informed by the past and the diverse people around us.
  • In the face of uncertainty and destabilization, give yourself permission to prioritize experimentation and prototyping. Pay attention to history, power, justice, and equity or you will merely make change without making a difference.

Throughout the rest of this season of Epiphany (through Feb. 21!), I encourage you and your teams to explore these invitations (and check out a beautiful visualization of the entire Manifesto here). How might Another Way of working give us new space for relationship, creativity, and the fullness of life in our working toward climate and environmental justice?

My prayers are with you and your ministries, and I'm always glad to be in conversation with you. - Emma

Upcoming Events

In the next month:

During Lent:

  • Renewing God's Creation: Daily Meditations for Lent -- Lent invites us to reflect on our relationships with God, each other, and the Earth upon which all life depends. The inspirational daily meditations during the Forty Days of Lent come from many sources as we honor the wisdom of many voices and traditions. .

Earth Month and beyond:

  • Faith Climate Action Week -- get your toolkit now! This year's theme is Living the Golden Rule: Just Transition to a clean energy economy.
  • Youth Environmental Justice Retreat -- the February session is full, but the Saturday, May 6 session at Silver Lake has spots remaining! Youth (middle and high school) will engage scripture and spiritual practices, learn about environmental racism and environmental justice, and experience God's Creation. Scholarships available - contact Emma to discuss what will work for you. 

Emma Brewer-Wallin
Minister for Environmental and Economic Justice
Email: brewer-walline@sneucc.org    Phone: 508-244-4283

Karen Methot
Program Support Associate 
Email: methotk@sneucc.org   Phone: 508-244-4417 

Environmental Ministries on sneucc.org

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