Hope for a Liveable Home

I suspect that many of us these days too often find ourselves in despair. Toxic politics, societal division, and staggering inequities in healthcare, housing, and income all weigh on our souls. Oh, and a “little” issue known as “climate change” that I find myself thinking about a lot,  as much as I try to suppress it because it’s just too scary and big and impossible to tackle. But is it all that—or more precisely, does it have to be?

From the news coverage of last month’s global climate summit, the UN’s 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), it would seem that even as dire and real as the effects of climate change are becoming, little of substance was accomplished at the meeting. To be sure, the concrete outcomes were far less than what was needed and hoped for. So it would be natural to retreat back into our despair cave.

But, my brothers and sisters, there is some good news for us. We are fortunate to have an opportunity at a virtual gathering next Tuesday (December 14) to learn more in-depth about COP26, and to begin to discern what we as a faith community can do now to help address environmental injustice. The event will feature presentations by three delegates to COP26, and by leaders from multiple regional and national organizations engaged in the good—and difficult—work of advancing eco-justice for people of color and the economically disadvantaged. 

In recent months, I have made a personal commitment to do my part to mitigate climate change. Perhaps this is due to being in my latter 60’s and having an increasing sense of time running out on my life clock. But whatever your age, with Advent hope in my heart, I ask you to join me.

Climate change and environmental injustice can be perceived as an inescapable, existential crisis that overwhelms and paralyzes us, or one that calls people of faith to bind ourselves to the cause and each other in working towards a better future for all people. It is not the fate of the planet that is at stake; it is that of God’s most precious creation: ourselves and those who come after us.

Chris Lakin,  Eco-Justice Committee

This Week

Daily Office Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom*
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom
*Morning Prayer is offered virtually weekdays, as well as in-person on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Sunday, December 12
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Adult Forum, Parish Hall, 10:00 a.m.
Child and Youth Formation, 10:00 a.m., Parish House
Parents Connect, 10:00 a.m., Parish House Rooftop
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Parish House Tour, 12:30 p.m., Chapel 
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom

Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Book Group, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for Sunday Worship. Our safety procedures at each service allow us to welcome all those who feel that in-person worship is safe for them at this time. Many COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, are in effect. Socially distanced seating is available in the chapel. Diocesan guidelines require masks indoors at St. Peter’s for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Charlotte Choir School Christmas Concerts, December 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Choir School makes a triumphant return to St. Peter’s with Christmas at Charlotte Choir School, its twenty-ninth annual Christmas concerts, Friday and Saturday. After the beloved holiday tradition was presented virtually last year, the 2021 Christmas concerts return in person this season. Program highlights include familiar Christmas favorites and new repertoire that are sure to put attendees in the holiday spirit. Purchase tickets online at charlottechoirschool.org.

Parish House Tour, December 12, 12:30 p.m. Mike Hoffman, chair of the Congregational Engagement Team, will lead a Parish House tour immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service this Sunday. We will gather in the Chapel and then move into the Parish House. Our buildings are much larger than many people realize. This tour is an opportunity to get to know our Parish House building and discover various offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Please join us! 

EcoJustice: What Faith Communities Can Do Right Now, December 14, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Join a virtual presentation from three delegates who attended the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), a global climate summit, representing the Red, Black, and Green New Deal and Gulf South for a Green New Deal. Tiffany Fant of Sol Nation, a recipient organization of a 2021 St. Peter’s grant, will be the keynote speaker, joined by Laura Kigweba James of the United Methodist Church and Yvette Arrellano of Fenceline Watch. The focus of their talk will be on the effects of global warming on indigenous people and other vulnerable populations in the global south, sharing stories of what took place at COP26, and specific ways people of faith can make a difference right now. Join online on Zoom. 

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgments is noon on Monday, December 20. You may donate online or mail donations with acknowledgments to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org). 

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

Over the course of nearly 200 years, the people of St. Peter’s have built a legacy of giving—contributing in every way to support programs, worship, music, and the broader community. God continues to call us to use our generosity to bring the message of the Gospel into the world. Your pledge of financial support can help amplify that message. 

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