Our Finger Lakes UMW meeting at Ovid Federated Church Saturday, March 4, 2017 was very enlightening about Climate Justice. We were welcomed by our Ovid Federated hostesses with warm(on a very cold day!) greetings and lovely refreshments.  

  • A Litany nudged us to again be aware of God’s presence and constant gifts in our lives.  He is always with us, and we are reminded He has ordained us to be the stewards of His great and glorious bounty in our land, air, water and soil resources.
  • A skit from the April 2016 issue of Response led us to think what our priorities are to have “the good life.”  Climate and environmental factors affect minorities in greater numbers. “Sixty-eight percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant……African American children are five times more likely to enter the hospital because of an asthma attack and two times more likely to die of an asthma attack than white children.”
  • The video, Water is Life, Don’t Undermine It, followed the water cycle with water falling as rain or snow, ends up in our oceans, but with varied levels of “purity” or pollutants along the way.  It illustrated how many human activities are damaging to our water.
  • We were invited to get on our feet to self-assess ourselves, on a continuum from one to ten,  regarding our practices that supported being faithful stewards of our God-given earth’s resources.
  • Group discussion about some facts of energy use and overuse were very revealing and helpful to encourage all of us to try new methods to conserve our energy, water, soil and air resources.  We learned new ways to “reduce, reuse, and recycle,” both in our homes and our churches.  Just a few of these facts are:*  Each person in the USA throws out about 4 pounds of garbage every day.*  Slow cookers are a cheap way to cook.

    *  Microwave ovens consume about 80% less electricity than conventional electric ovens.

    *  Roughly 30 cents on every dollar consumers spend on packaged goods goes toward paying for packaging!

    *  Manufacturing 1 ton of recycled paper results in 74% less air pollution and 43% less water pollution compared to the manufacture of paper using virgin wood pulp!

    We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Day Apart.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    Rushville UMC, 22N Main St, Rushville, NY

    9:30am-10:00am         Registration and Browse the Books

    10:15am                      Program Begins   Resting in Him

    2:30pm                        Closing

    Remember to bring a bag lunch!

    Morning refreshments will be provided by the ladies at Rushville UMC.

    Join us for a truly “day apart,” with reflections, prayers, music sacred movement and finding ways to find rest and renewal in the arms of God.