Spring 2014 at TCBC: Everyday Creation Care, People Care

This spring Angie and I will be teaching a Christian education class at Twin City Bible Church called “Everyday Creation Care, People Care”. We’d love to have you join us each week!

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Sustainable approaches to living emphasize that earth care, people care, and fair share go hand-in-hand. How we treat the earth is reflected in how we treat people, and how we treat people is how we treat the earth. Genesis 3:17, states:

To Adam he [God] said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

The fall didn’t just impact our relationship with God and with other humans, but also with the earth. Bringing about new kingdom shalom, then, isn’t just about restoring our relationship with God and others, but also with God’s creation.

Weekly from March 23-May 11, we will explore very practical ways, no matter our starting point, each of us can take steps to act daily in our homes, our yards, our neighborhoods, and our community to bring about shalom through holistic approaches to creation care, people care, and fair share. Each week will be a standalone session; adults AND teens are encouraged to attend any or all classes as we explore small, local ways we can start making a big difference. We’ll also explore opportunities for additional meetings outside the Sunday morning time to visit backyard gardens, the Amish auction, and other local resources.

Since their first windowsill gardens together in 1990 as newlyweds in a small New Jersey apartment, Martin and Angie Wolske have been exploring how creation care and people care are often one and the same. While they will bring lessons learned from their experiences to the class, others are encouraged to also contribute ideas to the group on topics such as:

  • Windowsill, patio, backyard, neighborhood, and community gardens (including the outreach by TCBC Midtown to Prosperity Gardens and TCBC youth-built gardens in East St. Louis);
  • Food coops, farmers markets, community supported agriculture, and the Amish auction;
  • Rediscovering grandma’s approach to the do-it-yourself food pantry.

For more information, please contact Martin (martin.wolske@gmail.com) or Angie (angie.wolske@sbcglobal.net) Wolske.

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About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.
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