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Community Resiliency Model® Introduction
9 AM – Noon
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Contact: Tammy Blackard Cook
Sabbath is difficult for all of us to squeeze into our over-scheduled, always-connected, busy lives. For teenagers, learning the value of taking time to allow yourself to rest is imperative. Their minds and bodies are still developing which means adequate rest will allow them to develop properly. It also means that we can work this idea of taking time to rest into their hardwiring with a prayer that society doesn’t overcome that in the coming years.
Our teenagers are learning how Sabbath was built into the fabric of creation and meant as a gift to us from the divine. As we have explored passages from the Hebrew Bible on creation and the accounts of the Ten Commandments, we have seen the beauty in a God who desires that we refresh our souls in order to deepen our relationships.
As we move forward we will explore the Sabbath in context of community and justice.
But how are your teens doing? I’m sure that is what you are longing to hear. As expected, they are doing fabulous. Old friends, new friends, and unexpected surprises (like Kate Rhudy and Maggie Corbett playing for us) have been staples of our week. The joy on their faces is only matched by the laughter filling every space on the mountain. I’ve heard from several church leaders that the camp seems a bit more peacefully subdued this year, especially among the testosterone fueled campers.
Enjoy a few snapshots for now and join us August 9th to hear more of the details on our week.
We the Care of Creation Sunday Group of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church stand in solidarity with all 195 nations that signed the Paris Climate Accord. Our faith traditions teach that care for Creation is our moral duty, and the stakes for our planet — and ourselves — have never been higher. By embracing restorative and regenerative actions, we can continue mitigating the impacts of climate disruption while also creating a more equitable and just world. We are compelled to call out President Trump for his lack of leadership in making his decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. This immoral, short-sighted decision endangers all citizens on Earth and future generations. That said, we must all continue to find and implement solutions to address climate change by our actions in our communities, homes, and institutions.
-Care of Creation Group, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
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Bob, Elena, Caleigh, Branson, Tyler, Choo
Today’s journey for Team Bob brought us to Leslie county. We ventured out following our carpenter Nick after picking up supplies. Unfortunately, we hit road construction which completely closed the road for 1.5 hrs! After turning around (not as easy as it sounds but skillfully handled by Bob) It took us 2 hours to reach our destination! Again, we had the opportunity to meet the homeowner who was legally blind and so very grateful for our helping hands. We were ready to get to work! Little did we know we would be spending hours UNDER a house, technically a trailer. Our task was getting vinyl skirting off the base of the trailer. A strong suggestion for groups who are looking for a team building exercise!
Your children are amazing!
Bryan, Hannah, Joy, Skylar, Jaden
Like a well oiled machine, our team worked on laying down many sheets of sub-floor today. We may be in the mountains, but it’s hot. With plenty of breaks for water and cooling down in the shade, we were able to spend more quality time with the future homeowners and love on a few animals. Once again, we worked alongside the entire family that will one day live in the house and seeing the pride they have in building their own house has been wonderful. Tomorrow, we start seeing walls go up! You have every reason to be proud of your teenagers!
Please continue to keep us in your thoughts this week as we face more high temperatures, high humidity, and possible weather delays in our work.
Pictures coming tomorrow!
Love and blessings to you all!
The Adventure Begins
Thank you for your blessings as we departed Raleigh for Hazard on Sunday. We had an uneventful ride through the Piedmont and into the mountains as we settled into a familiar comfort with one another. We were welcomed to Hazard by Janie and Emma, who work for the Housing Development Alliance. After a brief orientation, we were introduced to another group who had been here for a couple of days and welcomed us in with leftovers from their fabulous dinner. In conversation, we found out one of their group leaders was a former Pullenite! Don’t worry, he only left because of his job. Weary, road heavy heads were not enough to bring an early bedtime as the excitement bubbled. We finally settled into our air mattresses, cots, and various other sleeping arrangements later than some of us would have chosen but at least we slept well.
Monday began much too early, given the previous sentence, but the day quickly brightened as caffeine and sugar kicked in for us all. After meeting our pro’s, myself (Bryan), Hannah, Joy, Jaden, and Skylar all took off to work on framing the house of a young family of 8. When we arrived, the foundation was set in place and we have been given the task to frame the house, beginning with the floor and headed upward. The first day is always difficult as people get comfortable with one another and with a set of tools and a whole new language but the team worked really well together, even in the heat, humidity, and occasional shower. Hannah used tools for the first time in her life, Joy and Skylar found their niche with an impact wrench, and Jaden seemed eager to try anything we would let him do. I just tried not scare anyone away from the job-site. We have the rare privilege, when framing a home, to have the father be one of our carpenters and five of the six children all came out and helped with the “house raising”. It was truly a joy to see and I think our teenagers will gain much from the week.
Bob, Elena, Caleigh, Branson, Tyler, and Choo all went to finish up some work done at two other sites where remodeling was taking place. They were able to do some roof work, replace some decking, and do some painting; all in one day! They had the chance to meet, talk, and share some good stories with one family, with grandma even bringing out her quilt, that she quilted, to show everyone. It was gorgeous and so was grandma. Tyler and Branson got to enjoy some time playing with goats and the various other animals throughout the day added some much needed respite from the heat. Elena and Choo researched how to hammer a nail and have now deemed themselves professionals while Caleigh seems to easily adjust to various tasks and do them well. Bob remains a solid leader and source of knowledge. Tomorrow, they will embark on a new journey, at a new home, to love and serve Perry County.
Things to keep in mind as we continue our week:
-It’s hot and that takes it’s toll on people not accustomed to working outside.
-They are calling for rain everyday. We can work around some showers but if storms pass through, we will have to shut down work for the day.
-As we grow more tired, we will be less willing to interact with new people and work as hard as we have.
-Emotionally, there is much to be processed here this week.
-We do miss our families
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church has a long, exemplary record of action on social justice issues. Some of our members would like to strengthen our call to action on the care of Creation by organizing an environmental justice coalition within the church that will advocate for climate action and other needed protections from the faith perspective.
We believe scriptural arguments presented in tandem with those from a scientific perspective are essentially uncontestable. It is our view that the fate of this planet may rest in the hands of members of biblically inspired religious communities like Pullen.
The willful deniers of climate change in the energy sector, for example, are unlikely to challenge a teaching of Jesus or a verse in Deuteronomy. They can repeatedly question the science and the magnitude of human influence, but they are not likely to debate Scripture.
We believe the faith community can push companies and politicians to respond to the reality of climate change and acknowledge the imminent threats it poses to America and the world. The voice of the faith community would join the voices of many other groups that are making progress in persuading politicians and business leaders to press for action. Our problem is time: we need to greatly accelerate the pace at which progress is being made, or face destructive, irreversible changes to our world.
Do you feel called to join us? Is environmental protection something you are passionate about? Come to an initial exploratory meeting where we ask the question; “How can we, as a congregation, be a force for environmental justice and preservation, to elevate the climate change issue within the congregation, and persuade legislators to tackle ameliorating measures.”
We believe a group of people with a set intention can create viable actions that produce change!
Please email Karen Delahunty at: Karen.email@example.com
Please include a list of the best days/times for you to meet….