The Earth Ministry Committee at Wilton Congregational Church and Wilton Go Green will host a screening of Years of Living Dangerously Episode 1: “Dry Season,” on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the church.
Winner of the 2014 Emmy award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series, this groundbreaking documentary brings some of today’s brightest stars and most respected journalists together to investigate the most important issue of our time—climate change. The screening, which explores how faith communities consider climate change, and the discussion that follows, will explore how spirituality and environmentalism go hand-in-hand.
Preceding the program, there will be a Saturday Soul Celebration service at 5 p.m. led by Terri Eickel, director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the Rev. Tom Carr of Second Baptist Church of Suffield and Eco-Justice advocate. All are invited to attend both the service and the dinner/film program.
The Reverend Dr. Arnold Thomas, senior minister of Wilton Congregational Church, said, “This amazing film reminds me that the earth is our only ship, with no life boats or escape plan to another planet. Our respective faith traditions, in so many words and ways, remind us that we either sail or sink together.”
The Reverend Stephanie Johnson, co-convener of the Fairfield County Interfaith Alliance on Climate Change, will discuss ways to find hope in the face of climate change through collective action to protect the environment.
“As we continue to hear increasingly dire news about the changing climate, all people of faith are called to take action to celebrate and care for God’s Creation,” Rev. Johnson noted. “By raising our voices in the public sphere and lifting our hands toward positive action, we can make a difference for the earth today and for future generations.”
Those who attend will have an opportunity to learn specific ways they can live more sustainably. Local green energy company Next Step Living will donate up to $50 for each person who takes action by completing home energy assessments or other upgrades. These donations will be utilized to help fund sustainability initiatives and efficiency upgrades to the church parsonage.
Wilton Congregational Church is located at 70 Ridgefield Rd.. To RSVP for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to attend, but donations are warmly welcomed.