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Solarize Decatur-DeKalb launches to over-sized crowd

Solarize Decatur-DeKalbFollowing the success of Solarize Athens, GIPL, Decatur Sustainability Board, Environment Georgia and Solar Crowd Source have launched a new campaign in Decatur and DeKalb County - Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. The first town hall was held on June 14 at Decatur First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur. Organizers were thrilled with the over 150+ in attendance. “It’s always exciting to have to add more chairs for a presentation,” said Beth Bond, GIPL board member.

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Mother-Daughter Team Create Eco-Friendly Vacation Bible School Program

Mother-Daughter Team Create Eco-Friendly Vacation Bible School ProgramBeth Bond and Rev. Dawn Bond Launch Our Beautiful Little Blue Planet

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. - Isaiah 55:12

If Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs have one thing in common, it is to teach children the joy and love God has for each individual child. Years ago VBS included lots of homemade crafts and songs that every generation knew. Over the years VBS became more scripted, grander, shinier and convenient. Somewhere along the way these highly produced programs which meant well, lost its way.  The programs started to feel like kids real creativity was being taken away as their crafts became snapped together plastic things. Plastic trinkets from China were given out to help children remember their Bible verses. Elaborate sets were made of throwaway Styrofoam and yards of plastic sheeting.  Like everything else it was accepted as the new norm. They weren’t intentionally trying to be wasteful. It just happened.

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From Emptiness to Abundance

...This is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES. - Matthew 13:32Tending the garden turns into mission

...This is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches. - Matthew 13:32

In the small Southern town of Macon, Georgia, God’s abundance has shown up in a big way. An empty lot behind an abandoned liquor store has become a place bounty.

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, a large historic church in downtown, has created a place of communion, beauty and sanctuary. Jack Head, a retired from the insurance industry, has led a small and enthusiastic band of volunteers to create a community garden that has led to more than just a garden but a way to serve the under-served in their community.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a Bad Deal for the Earth

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the trade deal reached in October 2015 between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations. It would cover more than 40% of global commerce. 

The TPP elevates investors’ financial interests above citizens’ and governments’ rights to protect the environment – allowing foreign corporations to challenge U.S. laws that they see as limiting their potential profits.

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How Rivers and Faith Create New Mission Opportunities

Rev. Dottie Yunger of the Baltimore-Washington Conference discusses how she as the former Anacostia Riverkeeper led to a life of service in the church.Rev. Dottie Yunger of the UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference discusses how she as the former Anacostia Riverkeeper led to a life of service in the Church. Yunger proves churches can create collaboration with communities to lead to meaningful solutions in the lives of neighbors.

Rev. Yunger presented at the National Creation Care Conference held in Decatur, Georgia.

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