Earth Care Festival – Sunday, April 17th noon-3pm

Earth Care Festival – Free Admission

Earth Care Flyer

Earth Care Festival Flyer

Message from Rev. Alan

Dear friends,

This coming Sunday the Earth Care Committee invites us to attend the first annual Earth Care Festival. I have attached a flyer with information, which I encourage you send to your friends who need to know that there is a church such as ours doing what we can for the healing of earth and all its inhabitants.

Also, members of the Earth Care Committee and I have planned a special worship service based on the Earth Day Festival Theme: “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands.”

One idea that we came up with is an interactive sermon where everyone will be invited to share their dreams for the earth. We would like you to begin thinking about that between the time you read this e-mail and Sunday morning.

What are your dreams for the earth? And what is one thing that you can do in the direction of making that dream a reality.

To get your dream-mind fired up I want to share with you some dreams shared by Derrick Jensen in an article he wrote for the current issue of YES! Magazine, entitled When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery.

“In the time after, the buffalo come home
In the time after, the salmon come home
In the time after, the beavers come home
In the time after, plants save the world
In the time after, the oceans are filled with fish
In the time after, the air is full with the steamy breath of whales
In the time after, buffalo bring back prairies by being buffalo
and prairies bring back buffalo by being prairies
Salmon bring back forests by being salmon

We, living now, in the time before, have choices.
We can remember what it is to be animals on this planet
and remember and understand what it is to live and die
such that our lives and deaths help make the world stronger.

We can live and die such that we make possible a time after
where life flourishes…”

What is your dream?

One thing that you can do?

It’s in our hands.

For the beauty,


Message from Earth Care

The public is invited to join with members and friends of the Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church (UCC), in celebration of Earth Day 2016 on Sunday afternoon, April 17 for an afternoon of enjoying healthy, local food, interactive displays, vital information and probing discussions. The free-of-charge event will take place on the campus of First Congregational Church and Congregation Shir Shalom at 252 West Spain Street in Sonoma, from 12 pm to 3 pm and is open to all, including children.

Joining the Earth Care Committee as partners for the event are the Sonoma Ecology Center, Transition Sonoma Valley, The Crop Walk – Sonoma, End World Hunger 2030 and Congregation Shir Shalom.  Other individuals or organizations who wish to participate with displays are invited to contact John Donnelley, chairperson of the Earth Care Committee via email at

A locally sourced Farm to Table lunch (with a suggested donation of $5 to $10) will be provided by local entrepreneur and member of the Earth Care Committee, Nancy Ladd, owner of Nana’s All Natural Handcrafted Foods. Displays will cover information and topics such as green cleaning products, earth-friendly landscaping, Solar Energy, Bio char, the Washed Ashore Project, Earth Care Advocates and a children’s interactive project table.

Additionally, Al Gore’s recent TED talk, The Case for Optimism on Climate Change will be screened in the Community Room beginning at 1:30, followed by discussion.

The ecumenical Earth Care Committee with its strong advocacy work and local witness on behalf of the environment felt compelled to honor Earth Day and anticipates this action to become an annual occurrence in concert with other local groups.  Earth Day is celebrated world-wide annually on April 22, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. 

First Congregational Church will also celebrate Earth Day in its 10:30 worship service on the 17th, to which the public is also warmly invited.