Written by Anthony Moujaes
The finish line for the United Church of Christ's all-church environmental campaign is approaching, but the conclusion of Mission 4/1 Earth on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, doesn't signal the end of the denomination's earth care and advocacy focus. The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, executive minster of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries, is the featured guest that day on the online web program "Darkwood Brew" to talk about some of the outcomes of Mission 4/1 Earth and how the work for environmental justice continues.
Darkwood Brew's final installment in the "On Earth As It Is In Heaven" series airs at 6 p.m. (EST) on May 19. The seven-week program has aired concurrently with Mission 4/1 Earth, the UCC's 50-day campaign that has seen thousands of congregations and their members green up, power down and shout out. The program's title for Sunday's episode is, "Day 7: It's All Good," and will discuss the seventh day of creation and where that energy leads humankind in the future.
"I'm really looking forward to it. I've been watching some of the episodes and I'm really impressed by what they're doing, so I'm excited to be with them Sunday," Jaramillo said.
The interactive web television program, developed and produced by UCC minister the Rev. Eric Elnes, is a spiritual gathering that explores progressive Christian faith and values. Darkwood Brew has featured jazz musicians, live interviews and interactive media which encourages viewers to participate in the discussions.
Instead of delivering prepared remarks or a sermon, Jaramillo will join Darkwood Brew co-hosts Elnes and the Rev. Chris Alexander (pastors at Countryside Community Church in Omaha, Neb.) via Skype's online video chat service in a discussion that seeks to engage online viewers in understanding and participating in the endless quest in caring for creation and the environment. The program will also highlight the results of Mission 4/1 Earth — though it's likely that more hours, letters and tree-plantings will continue to be reported online and counted in the totals after the campaign ends. Mission 4/1 Earth's goals are 1 million hours of earthcare, 100,000 trees planted across the planet, and 100,000 advocacy letters.
While the program occurs on the final day of Mission 4/1 Earth, Jaramillo said it marks another chapter in the UCC's environmental justice advocacy efforts.
"It's a prompt, a reminder of our responsibility as stewards of the earth. The work is still ahead of us," she said.
"If you've been involved with Mission 4/1 Earth, or are simply interested in how our faith and our work here on Earth are intertwined, you won't want to miss this episode," said Darkwood Brew producer Scott Griessel.
To count your efforts on the Mission 4/1 Earth tally board, report your earth care hours, trees planting and letters written, report in as often as you like here.