Creation Care for Trees and Rivers on Our Eastern Shore (Guest Speaker Matt Pluta)

Creation Care lets us reflect on the role and responsibility we have to care for the gift of our natural environment. At this service, led by Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta, we’ll learn of ways to be stewards of the land on the Easton Shore, and we’ll hear where Matt finds hope in the complex work of caring for the earth.

Matt Pluta’s Bio

As Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs, Matt is dedicated to safeguarding the long-term health of the river, guarding against illegal and harmful pollution, and building a stronger voice for the protection of the river’s natural resources.

Matt has a degree in biology and environmental studies from Penn State University and has an advanced degree in environmental policy. His professional experience includes water quality monitoring, environmental policy, community organizing, and advocacy. Matt transplanted to the Eastern Shore from the Great Lakes region, bringing with him his passion for clean water and outdoor recreation.

In his eight years as Riverkeeper, Matt has specialized in clean water policies at the local, state and federal level. Through Matt’s involvement on Maryland’s Oyster Advisory Commission, the Phosphorus Management Tool Advisory Committee, and other state and local committees he has successfully advocated for better enforcement of clean water laws, increased transparency, and greater protections from agricultural pollution, wastewater discharges, and the protection of oyster restoration efforts. Matt’s background in water quality and community outreach helps him excel in grassroots organizing as a means of using local voices to make systematic changes in how local waterways are protected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Spirit of Life” #123

Board Announcements  –  Jane Terebey

Prelude “Thanksgiving” George Winston

Welcome   –  Christina Drostin, Service Leader

Chalice Lighting

Opening Hymn “The Blessings of the Earth and Sky” #308

Covenant of Our Fellowship (in unison)
“At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton, we seek to nurture spiritual and intellectual growth for all ages, and to be actively involved in community outreach and service. Cherishing diversity, and celebrating our oneness with all humanity, we covenant to support each other in the spirit of compassion, respect, and love.”

Meditation “Drifting” Deng Ming-Dao

Joys and Sorrows

Offertory “Aira” J S Bach

Reflection “Emergence” Lucy Shaw

Message “Creation Care” Matt Pluta

Poem “Advice from a River” Ilan Shamir

Closing Hymn “Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky!” #301

Closing Words and Extinguishing Our Chalice

Postlude “Andante” Alexander Reingale

Please join us for coffee and fellowship following the service.

Headphones are available for persons with hearing impairments. Large print hymnals are also available. Please ask the usher for assistance. Note: Please silence your cell phone for the service.

Music: Abby West Sound: Denise Stahre
Usher: Gayle Scroggs
Greeters: Paula Wilhelm and Jean Kader

 

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