Monthly Archives: August 2015

SquareOne Villages Fundraiser

SquareOne Paella Fest 2015
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You’re invited to a benefit for Emerald Village Eugene, a project by SquareOne Villages!

 When:  Sunday, September 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 Where:
Sweet Cheeks Winery
27007 Briggs Hill Road
Eugene, Oregon 97405

What:
Twenty local chefs will prepare paella, a traditional Spanish dish, with their own unique touch and distinct flavor. Choose one or choose a taste of all 20! A complimentary glass of Sweet Cheeks wine is also included. Seating limited to 250.

Get your tickets here!  or at Central Presbyterian Church Office

Event Details:
Congressman Peter DeFazio will speak and Dan Bryant, Executive Director of SquareOne Villages, will share the vision for Emerald Village Eugene—a new approach to affordable housing, starting at SquareOne.

Your co-hosts include Mayor Kitty Piercy, State Senators Floyd Prozanski, Lee Beyer, Chris Edwards, State Representatives Paul Holvey, Val Hoyle, Nancy Nathanson, Phil Barnhart, John Lively, and County Commissioner Pat Farr.

Entertainment by
Evynne Hollens and Nathan Alef.

 Thanks to our corporate sponsor for this event, Thrivent Community – Lane-Douglas Associates.

 Hors d’oeuvres at 6 pm, paella served at 6:45 pm.

Worship and Ecology: A Sermon Series

Yesterday I began a series of sermons on Ecology and Worship. At one point I was trying to describe the effect that the last two centuries of scientific knowledge have had on our way of understanding the world and the conflicts it presents to liturgical professions that are based on worldviews that could not have imagined what we know today. These confessions of faith like those found in the creation story that image a world surrounded by water and a dome to keep the waters out no longer works as literal explanations of the earth upon which we live and move and have our being, but they still proclaim a faith in the goodness of creation and the responsibility we have to care for it. After worship, a member of the CPC congregation, Micheal Boonstra, pointed me to this video called “Overview” in which astronauts talk about the same spiritual experience the writers of Genesis tried to convey but in the context of our more recent understandings of the world/universe. We are all in this together not just with neighbors but with the whole creation. Our care of this world is as essential today as it was to the writers of Genesis – maybe even more. Watch the video.