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Creation Care: Two Models from Dallas/Fort Worth

May 1, 2024 2pm

Webinar with Claire Howell, Founder and Director of Creation Care at Disciple City Church & Reverend Mel Callaway, Creation Care Ministry at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church

We know access to food, nature, and resources is a limiting factor for many people, including children. This webinar will focus on the stories of two faith-based Creation Care ministries who desire to use their land and resources for hands-on learning and equipping community members with the provision of tangible outcomes to meet community wide needs. Some of the largest landowners in a community, especially in urban areas, are faith-based and/or community-based groups. This webinar will go through grass roots visions, planning, and execution for practical, tangible, and community led adoption.

The first presentation is from a small non-denominational Bible church whose mission is hyper-local discipleship in Dallas. A small volunteer pool, potentially contaminated soil, air, and water, and high solicitation rates mean stakeholder engagement is very hard and slow to build. The second group is a larger United Methodist church, which has a lot more resources and organizational backing. Their strengths lie in larger food production for a local food pantry and lunches for students when they are not in school. Both groups bring local families and communities into the garden for classes and relationship building.

Learn from these two creation care ministry models of differing scales to see what might work well in your own community. Participants will come away with answers to the following questions: 1) What is Creation Care? 2) How can I find this in my local community? 3) How can I start our own ministry? 4) How can schools, NGOs, other children’s advocacy/protection/wellness groups partner with local faith-based groups or landowners?

Claire Howell is the founder and director of Creation Care at Disciple City Church, and the owner of Balcony Box, a small local business teaching people how to grow food at home. She is passionate about all things related to climate justice, especially stewardship and our food system.

Reverend Mel Caraway is a retired clergy member of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and is very active in climate justice advocacy. He is a member of the Creation Care Ministry at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church and also helps with their community garden. He serves as the Interfaith Climate Coordinator for Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Power and Light, is on the board of the United Methodist Climate Justice Movement, and partners with many other climate related advocacy groups.

Webinar will be held on May 1 at 2:00 and 7:00 Central