The third in a series of community conversations initiated by Florida Conference Bishop Ken Carter will be held April 24 and will focus on creation care.
The “Concord Conversations” event will be held at Concord Coffee, a Lakeland, Florida, coffee shop, and Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin, the Conference director of Connectional and Justice Ministries, and Bishop Carter will facilitate the discussion. The venue is located at 1037 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. Click here to register.
“God loves the world and created all that we see for the sustaining of life,” Bishop Ken Carter said. “We are stewards of these gifts not only for ourselves, but also for the next generations. We will discuss the crisis related to climate change and our calling to care for the earth in practical ways.”
In related denomination news, on April 28 the 10th Annual United Methodist Caretakers of God's Creation Conference will be held in the Washington, D.C., area this year to complement the National People's Climate Justice March on April 29.
The conference will be a day of inspiration, education and preparation. It will begin with worship, including a message of hope brought by United Methodist Bishop C. Joseph Sprague, and will include major addresses by Rev. Fletcher Harper, Rev. Jenny Phillips, and will conclude with worship and communion with sermons by Bill McKibben and Michelle Roberts.
Click here for more information on the conference and march in Washington.
Concord Conversations debuted in connection with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year with a community discussion titled “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter.” The second community conversation was held on Mar. 21 and focused on immigration issues.
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