Film examines faith and earth stewardship

The Earth Ministry Committee at Wilton Congregational Church and Wilton Go Green will host a screening of the environmental film series, Years of Living Dangerously Episode 1: “Dry Season,” Saturday, Feb. 28 at the church at 70 Ridgefield Road.

The film won the 2014 Emmy award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. 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 will be a Saturday Soul Celebration service at 5, 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.

“This amazing film reminds me that the earth is our only ship, with no life boats or escape plan to another planet,” said Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas, senior minister at Wilton Congregational Church. “Our respective faith traditions, in so many words and ways, remind us that we either sail or sink together.”

The Rev. 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,” Ms. Johnson said. “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 completes home energy assessments or other upgrades. These donations will  help fund sustainability initiatives and efficiency upgrades to the church parsonage.

RSVP: There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcomed.