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Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation


Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.



Sunday, June 17, at 6 p.m. (Central Time)

Going Green for Home Building/Remodeling Projects

Caroline Kostak
Secretary
Texas Gulf Coast Region
U.S. Green building Council



Caroline Kostak, Secretary, Texas Gulf Coast Region, U.S. Green Building Council

The amount of resources borrowed from our Earth to create the buildings in which we spend 93% of our lives is staggering. If we look at just the residential building industry, we see that we are building homes with a life span of 40-100 years, with the interior materials having an even shorter lifespan. 

Through this discussion, Caroline Kostak, secretary of the Texas Gulf Coast Region chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, will look at how we can meet the need to shelter and provide work space for a growing population while also being respectful of the resources given to us on Earth. We will explore different strategies that can lead to efficient resource management and produce beautiful, healthy, and efficient buildings that celebrate the gifts and abundance of the Earth while also protecting them. 

Caroline draws from her experience as a NASA Flight Controller, constructing one of the highest performance structures ever built - the International Space Station - and many conversations with space travelers who have seen first-hand the fragility and beauty of our Earth from a distinct vantage point. Her work with space construction has led directly to her working in construction on Earth, as this broadened perspective helped her see the importance of being a good steward of the precious Earth we've been asked to care for. 

After Caroline’s talk, there will be time for Q&A. Please register for this talk, and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com with any questions. 


Previous Conversations on Creation

Care and Stewardship of the Wildlife & EcoSystems in Our Communities


Caring for animals at the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. (Central Time)


At the May web meeting, we welcome Anja Machado, Executive Director, and Victoria Hepburn, Education/Outreach Coordinator, of the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (TWRC), who will discuss Care and Stewardship of Wildlife & EcoSystems in Our Communities. Anja will explain how the TWRC cares for wildlife brought to the center, and the role of rehabilitators who care for animals in their homes. 


She will also discuss volunteer opportunities at the center. Victoria will explain how to recognize if an animal is in need, how to assist animals in need, and how to bring injured or orphaned animals to the center for assistance. She will also highlight how attendees can be true stewards of our urban and suburban ecosystems, and the importance of doing so to the health & vitality of our city. 


Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston


Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

Sunday, Apr. 29, at 6 p.m. 

At the April web meeting, we welcome Bakeyah Nelson, Air Alliance Houston's Executive Director, who will discuss Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston. Bakeyah will provide her perspective on some of the current air quality challenges that Houston is facing - ones that Air Alliance Houston is working to address to improve public health. These range from concerns about concrete batch plants and metal recycling facilities, to the proposed expansion of I-45. Air Alliance Houston is also working with community partners to address some of the challenges exposed during Hurricane Harvey. Bakeyah will also highlight how you can get involved. After her talk, there will be time for Q&A.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.comwith any questions.




Building Healthy Soil Saves Time and Money Now

Sunday, Mar. 25, at 6 p.m.


John Ferguson, owner, Nature’s Way Resources


At the March web meeting, we welcome John Ferguson, soil scientist & owner of Nature's Way Resources, a Houston-based composting, mulch & recycling firm.   John's talk is an introduction to a new model of soil science and fertility management called the “Soil Food Web”.  It explains how biological (organic) methods work and how they save you time and money in your gardening projects by preventing many problems. The biological methods are sustainable; greatly reduce water requirements, prevent problems, eliminate air and water pollution, sequester carbon, and lower total management costs from property management to erosion control. Learn from the man whose personal garden has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and several gardening books. After John’s talk, there will be time for Q&A.  


Stewardship of Water


Bruce Bodson

President/Executive Director, Lower Brazos Riverwatch

Sunday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m.

At the February web meeting, we welcome Bruce Bodson, President/Executive Director of Lower Brazos Riverwatch, who will address Stewardship of Water.  

Water is a uniquely versatile medium, functioning as a vital resource, a habitat, a recreation venue, and a waste conveyance.  As we have often seen in Houston, it is also a destructive force of nature.  Stewardship of water entails balancing these functions and our management of the hazard in a manner that allows for protection of the resource, for all the human benefits to be obtained, and still leave a reasonably unimpaired habitat for other species.  

Here in Houston, the Bayou City, we are blessed with an abundance of waters, but we struggle with maintaining the balance of uses that allows us to enjoy this abundance without causing irreparable harm to the resource.  This presentation will examine the resources we have, and consider the effects of the ever growing demand placed on them.  It will also look at some examples of local programs that strive to  bring balance to our consumption and regulation of the resource.  After Bruce’s talk, there will be time for Q&A.  

Stewardship: 

Caring for the Plants that Care for Us


Jaime Gonzalez, Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy

Sunday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. CST

At the January web meeting, we welcome Jaime Gonzalez, Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy, who will address Caring for the Plants that Care for Us. 

He will discuss the importance of native plants for biodiversity, water absorption, carbon sequestration, the economy, and creating a sense of place. He will link the well-being of eco-systems to human well-being. 

Jaime will also discuss the work of Katy Prairie Conservancy to restore native prairie, "re-wild" Houston with pocket prairies, offer citizen conservation opportunities and a new initiative to encourage residents to plant the "nine natives" in their yards. Jaime will give details on using these native plantings on your property, will provide resources and outlets for getting native plants, and will even delve into the ethics of saving wildlife by providing native plant habitat. 

After his talk, there will be time for Q&A to answer your native plant questions. 


Connections between People & Nature:   Scripture & Science II

Lisa Brenskelle, Ph.D.

At the November web meeting, Lisa Brenskelle, leader of the Creation Care Team at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, leader of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, member of the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston planning committee, and a research and development project manager with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, will address the connections between people and nature from the perspectives of both scripture and science. 

Her talk will discuss themes in scripture about the creation and recent scientific discoveries about the natural world that relate to these themes. Learn some exciting science of which you may not be aware, and marvel at the connections between people and nature! This will be an interactive talk with audience participation. 

Connections between People & Nature:   Scripture & Science

Sunday, October 29, 6 p.m. Central Time

At the October web meeting, Lisa Brenskelle, leader of the Creation Care Team at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, leader of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, member of the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston planning committee, and a research and development project manager with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, will address the connections between people and nature from the perspectives of both scripture and science. Her talk will investigate the relationships and similarities between people and nature highlighted in scripture and then give examples of how these relationships and similarities have been observed by science. Learn some exciting newer science of which you may not be aware, and marvel at the connections between people and nature! After Lisa’s talk, there will be time for Q&A.