North Carolina Creation Care Year Off To a Successful Start

Blessed Earth’s partnership with North Carolina churches, for the Creation Care Year program, is off to a great start. In March 2013, Dr. Matthew Sleeth preached sermons at Centenary United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Both are located in Winston-Salem. The two churches have been using Dr. Sleeth’s book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life for their Lenten studies. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church reported that their Wednesday night attendance quadrupled during their “Sabbath Living” series, while Centenary United Methodist Church featured the 24/6 materials in 10 small groups. Knollwood Baptist and Centenary UMC each hosted a “Pastor’s Brunch” for area clergy. More than 40 pastors attended each event, from a variety of denominations. Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Moravians were all represented. Additionally, Dr. Sleeth was privileged to address 20 Moravian clergy at Home Moravian Church in Old Salem. Attendance was great at Dr. Sleeth’s Monday night 24/6 presentation at Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington. The crowd was very engaged, and Matthew is looking forward to his return to this church next month. In addition to his second visit to Front Street UMC on April 14, Dr. Sleeth is also scheduled to preach at the Duke Divinity School chapel on April 10. North Carolina Creation Care Year events are supported by North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and the Humane Society of the United States, via PR/sponsorship. Blessed Earth is looking for more churches in North Carolina to participate in this historic Creation Care Year. For more information, please contact Laura Leavell at Photos: matthewnc Dr. Sleeth giving an evening presentation on 24/6 at Front Street UMC in Burlington. matthewnc2 Dr. Sleeth sharing with local pastors at a 24/6 clergy breakfast at Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem. matthewnc3 Dr. Sleeth signing books at Centenary UMC after his Sunday morning sermon. matthewnc4 Dr. Sleeth connects with parishioners at Centenary UMC on Sunday morning. matthewnc5

Dr. Sleeth speaks to Moravian clergy at Home Moravian Church in Old Salem.