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Leaders’ Training for “Just Eating: Practicing our Faith at the Table”

Leaders’ Training – “Just Eating: Practicing our Faith at the Table”

Saturday, May 14; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, lunch included.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St, Oak Park

Just Eating: Practicing Our Faith at the Table is a 7-session curriculum for congregational discussion groups exploring the links between the way we eat and the way we live.  Scripture, prayer, and stories from our local and global community are woven together to explore four key aspects of our relationship with food:

  • The health of our bodies
  • The challenge of hunger
  • The health of the earth that provides our food
  • The ways we use food to extend hospitality and enrich relationships.

Representatives from all congregations are welcome.  Each attendee receives “Just Eating” materials, including a Leaders’ Guide, Readings for Action and Reflection, and an adaptation for Middle School students. The Just Eating Curriculum is a collaboration of Advocate Health Care, Church World Service, and Presbyterian Hunger Program.  To register, email Jessica.TheCenter@gmail.com /call 847-384-3528

Recycling with Roz!

Recycling with Roz  Karen Rozmus, Oak Park’s Waste Reduction Manager shares tips on recycling including tips on plastic bottle caps and take-out containers in this 2 minute video.  Also, if you have additional questions, you can call Karen at 708-358-5700 or email her at rozmus@oak-park.us.

We are big recyclers at my house, but I still have questions . . . like

  • Can waxed milk and juice containers be recycled? . . . especially the ones with the plastic caps built into them?
  • Regarding take-out containers — since few are completely recyclable I know we should take our own containers, but does anyone really do that?  If so, how do you remember to take them?
  • What ideas do you have about reducing the packaging that we bring home in the first place??

Let us know your questions and comments below in the reply section!

Imagination and Commitment to the Environment Reflected in Horigan Urban Forest Products

Black walnut flooring from the urban forest

Submitted by Sue Crothers, River Forest

Horigan Urban Forest Products takes fallen trees in local Chicagland area and kilns them, so that one can purchase lumber for anything from floors to furniture.  Many trees come down around town due to storms or construction and it’s a great way for environmentally conscious people to use slow growing woods such as walnut or maple without having to feel guilty about cutting down a precious slow growth tree.

I have two items in my home which I purchased the wood from Bruce Horigan.  I have a lovely walnut table from a locally felled tree (I would NEVER otherwise even consider walnut) And an even better item in my home is my bed.  Made from an oak tree that came down on my property during one of our big storms.  I had Bruce come and collect, cut and kiln it and then a carpenter made it into my bed.  It is wonderful way to recycle.  See below information from their web site and an invitation below to see their April Newsletter.

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Help the OPRF Enviro / Bio Club Get a Little Green($$)er!

Especially for those of you that do not have recycling pick up at your home, please consider dropping off your paper recyclables at the Paper Retriever recycling bin on the East Avenue Mall side of the school near the OPRF Tennis Courts. We’re trying to increase our monthly recycling from about 2.8 tons to over 4 tons. That increase will nearly triple the monthly donation to our Enviro/Bio Club.

For more details about this fundraising arrangement and what allowable materials are, please visit… http://paperretriever.com.

Movie Inspires Decision to Raise Chickens

See also http://oakpark.patch.com/articles/oak-parkers-flock-to-chickens article on raising chickens in Oak Park. (4/14/2011.

The morning after watching the movie Food, Inc. I decided it was time to raise chickens.  I knew nothing about it – spent a great deal of time on list serves, reading, asking people questions – and jumped in with three 3-day old chickens from The Feed Store in Summit.

My coop is built completely out of materials that were salvaged from the alleys and saved from the landfills. (with the exception of the roofing material).   I even installed a stained glass window on one of the walls so the chickens can have a soothing view at night.

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Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors from the One Earth Film Festival.