Real Stories by Regular Folks
New to the Asheville area, husband and wife Scott and Rebecca Hardin-Nieri are passionate about creating events that draw people together while sharing stories with meaning. Fireside is the result – a storytelling event where people share their personal stories, the audience listens deeply, while serving their community.
Come and hear stories and music, all centered around the theme “Love Actually”, and raise funds for ending homelessness in WNC!
Scheduled for Friday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Land of Sky UCC 123 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, NC 28803 , Fireside will happen in the Fellowship hall. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to Hope to Home, a program of Homeward Bound. If you have questions, please call (970) 980 8280.
Climate Scientist Speaks about Moral Obligation
Monday, September 29 at 7:00 PM, in St. Eugene’s Catholic Church Social Hall, 72 Culvern St, which is just past Asheville Catholic School on Beaverdam Road.
Climate scientist, Deke Arndt, of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville has been a co-editor for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and has been instrumental in drafting the government’s annual climate report. As a result of his findings, he has had a personal revelation in terms of our moral obligation concerning our changing climate.
Fracking Rule Comments due September 30
In its last session, the NC General Assembly lifted the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for hard to access natural gas deposits, and it is now legal to frack in the state. The Mining and Energy Commission has proposed rules for how fracking will be conducted and is accepting comments until September 30. Identify yourself as a person of faith and make your voice heard to protect God’s Creation from destructive fracking practices. You can make your comments on-line or sign a letter on-line to the Mining and Energy Commission.
Local Food and Faith Potluck
Monday, October 6, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Avenue
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina invites you to a Local Food & Faith Potluck to share a homegrown meal together and reflect on the relationship between food, faith, and creation care. There will be time for socializing and networking, giving thanks for the gift of creation that sustains us, and discussing ideas for the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina’s programming and next steps. Wake Forest Master of Divinity student, Caleb Pusey, will lead us in a local food, faith, and climate change reflection. In keeping with the theme, a dish made with local ingredients is preferable but not required.
Food and Faith Potluck in October
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina invites you to a Local Food & Faith Potluck on Monday, October 6, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to share a homegrown meal together and reflect on the relationship between food, faith, and creation care. In keeping with the theme, a dish made with local ingredients is preferable but not required. This event will be hosted at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.
Advocacy: Witnessing for God’s Creation New Fracking Rules
In its last session, the NC General Assembly lifted the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for hard to access natural gas deposits, and now it is legal to frack in the state. The Mining and Energy Commission has proposed rules for how fracking will be conducted and is accepting comments until September 30. Identify yourself as a person of faith and make your voice heard to protect God’s Creation from destructive fracking practices. You can make your comments on-line or sign a letter on-line to the Mining and Energy Commission.
Advocacy: Witnessing for God’s Creation New Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants
Fossil fuel–fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change and the EPA has proposed new carbon emission limits for existing power plants. On October 5, look for a Creation Care Team member with a clipboard and sign a letter to Administrator McCarthy supporting carbon pollution limits for existing power plants and help protect God’s Creation.
If you have ever wondered how to make compost, come to the Home Grown Garden this Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 am to learn how. Master Gardeners, Len and Esther Pardue, will give a 30 minute demonstration on building and maintaining a compost pile, and will provide you with a handout and answer your questions. Fall is the perfect time to start a compost pile when there is an abundance of leaves and there are still grass clippings from your yard.
The rain last Saturday put us behind on our garden chores, so come at 9:00 am and stay until 11:00 am to help pick the few remaining vegetables, protect the irrigation system with cardboard and wood chips, and spread manure on the planting rows. We will need help through the end of October to get the garden ready for the winter.
Directions to the Home Grown Garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families
From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Highway 70. At the next traffic light turn left onto Whitson Ave and then right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.
Reminder: There are no restrooms at the garden.
Saturday, May 25 –Global March Against Monsanto Join the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees as tens of thousands of anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) activists take to the streets around the world to protest deceitful actions of the biotech industry, including Monsanto and ArborGen.
Location: Pack Square Park
Time: 2 pm
As a follow-up to the genetically engineered crops that we learned about in Food Inc. and Carol Koury spoke about on October 17, there is now a new threat – Genetically Engineered Trees. The USDA is considering allowing Arborgen to plant millions of acres of plantations across the southern U.S. These plantations, reaching from Texas to South Carolina, where the company is based, could destroy forest diversity, kill wildlife, exacerbate droughts, feed fire storms, and spread quickly with the help of cold-resistant gene modification.
“Genetically engineered trees, with the potential to transfer pollen for hundreds of miles carrying genes for traits including insect resistance, herbicide resistance, sterility and reduced lignin, thus have the potential to wreak ecological havoc throughout the world’s native forests.”
Dr. David Suzuki, The Suzuki Foundation