TEST Tidbits

Climate Change Presentation, Feb. 6

On Monday, February 6, please join Trinity’s Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) for a presentation, “Update on Climate Change,” by Dr. Chris King, 7-9 p.m., at Village Presbyterian Church (6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village). The United States military is acutely aware of the challenges that human-caused global climate change poses to national security and international stability. Dr. Chris…

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Save These Dates

By Ellyn Owen In happens every year. One day we are enjoying summer and the next thing we know, it is September and our calendar is marked up with events and things to do that find their way to us first. To give the following important dates their due consideration early enough to be first…

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A Fun Activity and a Meditation

Summer is on the way out, and kids are back in school. The weather, however, still calls for ice cream. So, here is a fun way to make some homemade ice cream and keep the kids busy at the same time. Adult supervision is required. The title of the recipe tells all – it is…

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Extolling God’s Glory

By Ellyn Owen Every month, the Episcopal Ecological Network publishes an online Creation Care Newsletter that is edited by Dr. Kent Shifferd. July’s newsletter contained a Jewish prayer called “The B’rakhat of Gratitude: Extolling God’s Glory.” I think the prayer is meant to have a main reader with the congregation answering with the refrain. I…

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A Poem for Your Meditation Time

Trinity Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) may lead the charge in environmental actions at Trinity, but our goal is to engage everyone in our parish family in the process of growing into becoming good Earth stewards. We truly believe that it is a civic, moral, and religious duty of everyone to do all they can to…

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The Great American Aquifer

By Ellyn Owen The United States has the most voluminous groundwater basin in the world. In Laura Parker’s article “To the Last Drop,” in the August 2016 National Geographic Magazine, Parker draws a picture of a huge aquifer system covering eight states and 174,000 square miles, which is being drained much faster than it can…

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Summer Fun

By Ellyn Owen Is everyone ready for a break from the heat of summer and the ongoing events of the day? It often helps calm bad attitudes and increases creative problem-solving when people get vacation time or some fun time off. Here are some fun animal questions for you and your kids or other friends…

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Political Parties Draft Environmental Goals

By Ellyn Owen Both the Democrats and the Republicans have been hard at work on their respective party platforms. Everyone knows that these general platforms are a rough guide (at best) and the real policies are enacted in Congress. Thus, electing members of Congress that would agree with either party’s platform is something to keep…

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Choosing Earth-Care Organizations to Support

By Ellyn Owen Members of Trinity’s Environmental Stewardship Team (TEST) are often asked which of the many environmentally oriented organizations are the best ones to support. The easiest answer is to just follow your passion and support organizations that match your interests. You can also learn what different organizations are about by going to their…

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Brexit and the Environment

By Ellyn Owen After 40 years as a member of the European Union, the vote on June 23, 2016 to begin “divorce proceedings” in order to exit the organization has sent shockwaves into many banks and world financial institutions. Little has been said, however, about the impact the exit from the EU will have on…

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