Celebrate World Water Day at the Lutheran Center – March 22, 2017

 

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On Wednesday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. the SWCA Synod and the Synod Green Faith Team invites you to observe World Water Day during the mid-week Synod Eucharist. Bishop Erwin will be presiding, and Rev. Dr. Lisa Dahill, Professor of Religion at Cal Lutheran University, will preach. Join us for lunch, live music, information about Eco-Reformation, and a display of the work of acclaimed artist John August Swanson.

Dating back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, where an international observance for water was recommended, World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.  The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day, and it has been held annually since then.

Dr. Lisa E. Dahill went to an ELCA college (Gustavus Adolphus) in Minnesota, followed by a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee and seminary in Chicago. After serving parishes in Iowa, she obtained her Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at the Carnegie Foundation (Stanford University). She joined the faculty of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where she taught worship, spirituality, ecology, Bonhoeffer, and the arts for ten years. She had been at California Lutheran University  since 2015, working on projects involving outdoor worship and spiritual practices, along with mobilizing Lutheran and Christian resources to address the ecological urgency of our time. She is editor of and a contributor to Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, which will be available for purchase at World Water Day at the Lutheran Center.

John August Swanson, the featured artist at the 2016 SWCA Synod Assembly, makes his home in Los Angeles, California, where he was born in 1938. He paints in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, and is an independent printmaker of limited edition serigraphs, lithographs and etchings. His art reflects the strong heritage of storytelling he inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. John Swanson’s art features human values, cultural roots, and his quest for self-discovery through visual images, which include Bible stories as well as social celebrations such as attending the circus, the concert, and the opera. He will be present at our Work Water Day Observance and prints of his work will be available for sale.

TRINITY INSTITUTE 2017: WATER JUSTICE
March 22–24, 2017
Partner Site: Ascension, Thousand Oaks

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases. From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

Be part of Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice, a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Barbara Boxer, Christiana Zenner Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, David Toomey, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to—the marginalized and the vulnerable.

This conference, infused with spiritual principles and common prayer along with science and solutions, allows us to deeply examine what connects us, and empowers us to take unified, faith-based action on the front lines of the water justice movement.

Ascension, Thousand Oaks is a partner site for this webcast! Attendance is free, and a free-will offering will be taken for Thursday and Friday lunches. Call the church office at (805) 495-0406 to let the church office know you’re coming! This event is brought to you by the SWCA Synod Green Faith Team, and will begin on March 22 after the World Water Day Eucharist at the Lutheran Center.

The SWCA Synod Green Faith Team is a member of the Lutherans Restoring Creation – California  collaboration

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