Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion
The Green Team of the First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo hosted a free film screening and panel discussion at the Al. Ringling Theater at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020. The film is a new documentary, “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” (Barnhart Films, 2019). “Flint” explores the critical question of how this could happen in America and how this event should serve as a warning for the rest of the country. This documentary educates and inspires action, seeking to radically change how we view and value water.
Following the film, a panel discussion tackled some of the themes raised by the film, and how similar factors may affect residents of Wisconsin. Our panelists included experts in public health, public works, social justice advocacy, and state legislature. We hope that this event will result in raising awareness of environmental issues, and inspire local residents to become involved in the fight to protect water resources, prevent lead poisoning, and eradicate environmental injustice.
The film screening and panel discussion was free and open to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors, the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation and the John Knox Presbytery. More information about the film can be found at www.flintpoisoning.org.
Encore Film Screening
Due to the heavy snow on Feb 9th, the Green Team of the First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo is planning a second free film screening, but due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat we are unable to select a date at this time. Please check back for an announcement.
First Presbyterian Church is Certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation
Baraboo, WI –First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo was certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2020. This honor speaks to the great commitment that First Presbyterian Church has to caring for God's earth.
To become an Earth Care Congregation, this congregation affirmed an Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of its church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God's charge to “till and keep” the garden.
Started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries, the goal of this program is to inspire churches to care for God's earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all aspects of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.
“It is exciting that First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo is one of the 230 churches that chose to dedicate themselves to intentional care of God's earth this year. The congregation's activities and commitment will inspire others to respond intentionally to God's call to care for the earth,” says Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
For more information about First Presbyterian Church's Earth Care program contact the church at 608-356-5945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program visit www.pcusa.org/earthcarecongregations.
Are you curious about our denomination's environmental policies? The following website has links to some of the key pieces of environmental policies from the PC(USA): presbyearthcare.org/pcusa-earth-care-policy/