Throughout the Easter season, from April 20 through June 9,
St. Bart’s is excited to present a variety of programs focusing on stewardship of the earth.
Wellspring, an installation of six large-scale banners, placed on both the exterior and interior of St. Bart’s, by California environmental artist Sukey Bryan. Designed especially for St. Bart’s, the work utilizes photographs of the spectacular and geologically unusual California waterfall, Burney Falls, which flows both with seasonal rainwater collected by a river, and the constant year-round source of underground water that seeps and pours out of the cliff face. The installation celebrates the miracle of life giving water, which continually renews and replenishes itself in the face of destructive forces.
Guest preachers will draw our attention to the wonders of creation and call us to work for its flourishing.
- Sunday, April 28 - The Reverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith
- Sunday, May 19 - The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Stewardship of Creation, The Episcopal Church
Sunday Forums at 10 am
Each Sunday we will welcome scientists, ethicists, activists, authors, artists and more as they explore how we can all better appreciate and protect our natural world.
- April 28—Fighting for our Future: Climate Change Activism and the Next Generation
Alexandria Villaseñor, Founder & Executive Director, Earth Uprising, with Peter de Menocal, Dean of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University and founding Director of the Center for Climate and Life
- May 5—Let All Who Are Thirsty Come: Water Access as Religious Imperative
Christiana Zenner, Associate Professor of Ethics, Fordham University and author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis
- May 12—Earth as Sanctuary: An Interfaith Approach to Creation Care
The Reverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith
- May 19—Keep it Local: Addressing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Climate Justice
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, Uprose
- May 26—The Global Effects of Climate Change: A Perspective from Honduras
Marcia Biggs, Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
- June 2—In the Garden: St. Bart’s and The Rooftop of the Waldorf-Astoria
Leslie Day, naturalist and author of Honeybee Hotel
- June 9—Wellspring: A Conversation with the Artist
Sukey Bryan, artist
Weekday Evening Classes beginning May 1
Weekday evening adult education offerings will focus on themes of environmental stewardship, led by the Reverend Dr. Kris Lewis-Theerman and the Reverend Peter Thompson.
- Our Planet: Wednesdays from 7–9 pm
Join us for a series centered around the Netflix documentary Our Planet, which vividly depicts the beauty of the earth and deftly explains the havoc climate change will wreak on that beauty. Learn more and register here.
- Laudato Si’: Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 pm
Join us for a study of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which powerfully outlines the responsibility Christians have to care for all of God’s creation, including the natural world. Learn more.
An Evening with Karenna Gore
Director, Center for Earth Ethics,
Union Theological Seminary
A leading activist at the intersection of religion and the environment reflects on faith and love for the earth. A reception follows.
- Children’s Education: Kairos (Sundays, April 28—June 9, 10:00 AM—11:00 AM) During Easter, the Kairos children’s program will be exploring the connection between nature and the Divine through a curriculum entitled An Illustrated Earth: Celebrating God’s Creation. This learning experience uses art, coloring, and design to help teach children about the importance of caring for this world.
- Riverkeeper Sweep (Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 PM—4:00 PM): We can do our part to help keep our natural surroundings safe and clean. A team from St. Bart’s helps in a state-wide clean-up of the Hudson River. Click here to RSVP and plan on meeting us at the Dyckman Marina Ramp in Inwood. Or volunteer to help at another location by visiting www.riverkeeper.org.
- Sign the Pledge to Care for Creation: The Church teaches that we as human beings are called to be in right relationship with God, our neighbor, and all of Creation. Inspired by the invitation of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Episcopalians across the Church are pledging to care for Creation in specific, individualized ways. For more information, visit the Resurrecting Earth table in the rear of the church or go to https://www.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care.
- Send a postcard to your representative: Creation must be protected not only on an individual level but also on a societal one. Without environmentally friendly policies, climate change will continue to escalate and the wellbeing of the natural world will languish. Send your lawmakers a postcard to tell them just how important it is to you that Creation thrive. Postcards, which feature an image from the Wellspring installation, are available at the Resurrecting Earth table in the rear of the church.