Living Light of Peace

Spirit of Joy Fellowship | Arvada Mennonite Church | Church of the Brethren | Denver Area | Mennonite Church USA

Community Outreach

Do you need space to hold an event, house an office, hold a class?  Go to the “Contact Us” page and ask us about the availability of our building.

Join us every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm for a community meal.  All food will be provided.  All are invited.

Join us every Sunday morning at 9:30 am for Coffee and Conversation.  This is an informal time open to all with a special invitation to our community neighbors to join in a time of coffee, treats, and conversation around small tables.  Treats and coffee provided at no cost.  At 10:15 am we will move to an informal time of community sharing, singing, and reflection.  Come for Coffee and Conversation and stay or leave at 10:15 as you are comfortable.

Ecology tips:

Did you know that in Latin and Greek, the word “home” was spoken as “oeco” or “oiko?” From this, we get our modern term “ecosystem” which is the collection of living beings that form a dynamic web in a particular area. Pope Francis subtitled his recent encyclical:  “The Care of our Common Home” and enumerated for 91 pages how we are called to care for the earth. Let us address, as he does, pollution, climate change, water issues and loss of biodiversity to save our home!

Did you know that food scraps and waste rotting in a landfill create methane, a gas over 20 times more destructive to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide? Be intentional about only buying the food you will eat, and if there are scraps, be sure to compost. Many cities now have compost pick-up along with trash and recycling. It’s even better to start a compost pile or bury it with dry leaves in your yard, thus improving the soil.

How long do you think it might take a head of lettuce to decompose in a landfill, where it doesn’t have oxygen? According to the new documentary, “Wasted,” it could take up to 30 years! So of course the best thing for the earth is to eat it and enjoy the taste and nutrients, not wasting the earth’s abundance. But if for some reason it “goes bad,” composting is the next best action.

Although many of us live our daily lives as if it were “Earth Day, every day,” this holiday is an annual reminder that there is more to be done to preserve our precious planet. Learn more from an article or seminar, or simply look around at your environment, inside and outdoors, and choose one new action to improve our only home!

Last July, climate scientists were alarmed when a chunk of ice the size of Delaware split off from Antarctica. Let’s raise our voices (and pens and computers) to let our elected officials know that climate change must be slowed and eventually stopped. Ask them to promote legislation that matches or exceeds the goals of the recent Paris Climate Accords. We are called to be stewards of God’s earth!

 

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