by Dr. Sylvia Campbell
Understanding that, as God’s people, we have the responsibility of protecting the earth and all creatures who live within it, PCPC has established a subcommittee on Creation and Environmental Stewardship. The goal of the subcommittee is to act in ways to bring faith communities together to work towards being responsible stewards of creation, by educating, inspiring, and ultimately producing action.
At this critical time for the environment, where each day more destruction occurs not only in our local community but around the world, it is felt that, by working together, more can be accomplished.
On April 25, 2019, almost 700 people gathered at Tampa Theatre for An Interfaith Community Event. Sponsored by PCPC, with co-sponsors Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Bayshore Baptist Church, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, and 34th Street Church of God, The Florida Wildlife Corridor’s latest documentary, “The Last Green Thread,” was shown. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, representatives of The Florida Wildlife Corridor, the head of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Rev. Will Wellman, ending with a question and answer period.
The overwhelmingly positive response to the event, with over 32% response rate to a subsequent survey, showed the desire of our community to move forward in a positive way, working together to be stewards of the earth. 94% of those responding stated they would attend a subsequent event, and multiple suggestions for actions were submitted.
As a result of the positive response, the subcommittee plans to continue to help PCPC serve as a community leader in environmental stewardship. By helping to develop concrete actions steps, as well as educate about local and state programs in existence, we hope to bring the community together to work toward this goal of protecting this earth.
“FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL IT CONTAINS”
–1 Corinthians 10:26