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EARTH DAY: Looking Back

Recently we observed Earth Day here at The Good Shepherd. A big part of our observance were five Zoom meetings which were presented on subjects relating to "Restoring the Planet." Each of these  Zoom presentations was led by a knowledgeable member of our Mission, Service and Justice Team.

 

If you missed these opportunities, please click on the link accompanying each description to access the recorded video presentation. Each video is about an hour long. When you click the link, you will be taken to “Jim Armstrong’s Zoom Meeting” and asked for a passcode. Use the passcode with the video you selected.

 

Thank you to our five presenters for their hard work, preparations, and presentations. And thank you to Pastors Randy and Rebecca for a great Earth Day service!

EVERY LAST DROP
Our Mitzi Eilts led a discussion on the timely subject of water and our absolute dependence on it for all life. Mitzi explored the idea that many writers and scientists have promoted for centuries, that humans are in a "relationship" with water, at its most basic and complex levels. Seeing ourselves in a relationship can change our viewpoint of seeing water as just another commodity. After discussing all of the ramifications of our diminishing water supply (due to waste, inefficiency, pollution, climate change, diverting sources, etc.) she challenged us to be intentional to associate water as an ally, friend, family and neighbor, rather than as a foe; a problem to be solved; a limited resource; or as an accoutrement to life (rather than the sustainer of life).

Access Passcode: MSJ#1earth

THE IMPACT OF PLASTIC ON OUR PLANET
Our Carol Christ led a discussion about plastic and its crippling, destructive toll on the planet. If you missed it, not to worry as Carol will be giving her presentation in the autumn at one of our Sunday morning forums. Carol created a beautiful PowerPoint presentation chronicling in detail the impact of plastics on the environment, and showed us ways in which humans can mitigate the effects of plastic. Carol challenged us to commit to attitudes, behaviors and convictions which can prevent more plastic pollution. You can email Carol at ezreaderc@gmail.com for a copy of her presentation.

BEAUTIFYING SAHUARITA
Last but not least, our own Jim Armstrong led a class discussing forming a Good Shepherd Road beautification group here in Sahuarita. Jim contacted the town and found out the details for The Good Shepherd forming a group of hardy souls to help clean up the streets and parks near and around the church campus. Jim will be establishing the work group next September after our snowbirds return and monsoon storms are winding down. Keep your ears to the ground for information on how to join a team and what all is involved.
Access Passcode: MSJ#5earth

CHANGING HOW WE GARDEN and LANDSCAPE to

RESTORE and SUSTAIN OUR DESERT ENVIRONMENT
Our Ellen Cox gave us plenty to think about with her class on what to plant in our Sonoran yards, how to take care of them while saving water, and the benefit of using sustainable and desert hardy plants, trees, and bushes. She suggested really practical and useful ways to keep our gardens and landscaping beautiful while being careful stewards of the world we share. Ellen also will be sharing her presentation later in our autumn forums.

Access Passcode: MSJ#4earth

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, I WONDER IF

WE'LL SEE ANY STARS TONIGHT?
Our Steve Little (a professional astronomer himself), led an out-of-this-world instruction about light pollution and its particularly devastating effect on our desert skies and the industry that watches them. Steve shared practical ways that we can protect our skies from ambient light and enhance our own ability to enjoy Arizona's heavenly skies as well as professional astronomers.
Access Passcode: MSJ#3earth