CREO sponsors three events each year that call attention to our unity in Christ. In 2015, the Fall event was a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a proclamation issued by the Second Vatican Council that articulated the Roman Catholic Church’s understanding of its relationship to other religions and its desire for closer interactions with them. It ushered in a new era of interfaith dialog, understanding, and respect.
CREO Winter Event
Wednesday, January 18 at 12:30 pm
The Capital Region Ecumenical Organization will sponsor an ecumenical prayer service on Wednesday, January18, in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It will be from Noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese offices at 40 North Main St., Albany.
Theme for the service is "Reconciliation--the Love of Christ Compels Us," based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-20.
Rev. Eleanor Stanton, Ecumenical Officer for the United Church of Christ, will preside.
The message will be given by Ian Leet, Ecumenical Officer for the Reformed Church in America.
All are welcome to attend.
CREO Spring Event
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Speaker to Promote a Christian Response to Climate Change
Renowned minister, author, and environmental activist the Rev. Dr. James Antal will be the featured speaker on Sunday, May 15, at the Spring event of the Capital Region Ecumenical Organization (CREO). The program begins at 4 p.m. at First Church in Albany, 110 North Pearl Street, near the Palace Theater. A worship service will follow led by the Rev. Daniel Carlson, Associate Minister at First Reformed Church of Schenectady, and featuring the Festival Celebration Choir. Admission is free, and all are invited.
Rev. Antal will speak on “Bringing Hope to the Climate Crisis through Faith & Action.” He will show how the scale and urgency of climate change requires our generation to reassess our lives, repurpose our religious practices, and reorient our assets in ways that align with our Christian values and our covenant with God.
Pointing to the responsibility rooted in God’s covenant with Noah and all things alive now and in the future, Rev. Antal calls on Christians to recognize that the Earth is the Lord’s and that there is much at stake. He cites Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s writing in The Guardian (April 10, 2014), “Twenty-five years ago, people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.... To serve as custodians of creation is not an empty title; it requires that we act, and with all the urgency this dire situation demands.” In a similar vein, Rev. Antal wrote in an article about the ecological consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline, “As the first generation to foresee and the final generation with an opportunity to forestall the most catastrophic effects of global warming, this is the time. Now is the moment.”
Rev. Antal is Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, the largest Protestant denomination in the Commonwealth. He has a long history of activism on behalf of the environment. After celebrating the first Earth Day at Princeton University, his work at Yale focused on the yet-to-be-born field of environmental ethics. He founded a national organization to train activist high school students to oppose nuclear war and later served as Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA), an interfaith pacifist organization. He taught for 13 years, then led UCC churches in Newton, MA, and Shaker Heights, OH. In 2010, he founded NEREM (New England Regional Environmental Ministries). Their most recent project was “A New Awakening — Season of Prophetic Climate Witness through Preaching, Prayer, and Practice.” He has also engaged the spiritual discipline of civil disobedience numerous times, most recently at the White House in 2011 to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. In 2013, he authored and waslead proponent of the UCC's vote to divest from fossil fuel companies, the first denomination to do so. He speaks on climate issues all over the country.
For more information, contact Edith Leet, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 482-6612.
Ecumenical Worship Service
CREO’s second event is an ecumenical worship service during the Week of Christian Unity in January. It uses the theme and liturgy written by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute in Garrison, NY.
50th Anniversary Nostra Aetate
In 2015, the Fall event was a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a proclamation issued by the Second Vatican Council that articulated the Roman Catholic Church’s understanding of its relationship to other religions and its desire for closer interactions with them. It ushered in a new era of interfaith dialog, understanding, and respect.