A River Flows out of Eden: Tending the Global Garden

For this three-part series, the Reverend Dr. Bill Evertsberg and other panelists will discuss the connections between faith and the environment, and share steps that can be taken on a local and global scale to be stewards of God’s earth, and therefore each other.

September 9: Brian Sauder, Faith in Place

The Reverend Brian Sauder

Panelist Brian Sauder serves as president and executive director of Faith in Place, whose mission is to empower people of all faiths across Illinois to be leaders for cleaner environments and healthier communities. The Rev. Sauder and his team have completed projects such as starting four produce farms, creating job opportunities and fresh food for the disadvantaged; creating financing tools with the State of Illinois for energy efficiency; and more. He also serves as an adjunct professor for McCormick Theological Seminary, co-teaching an environmental certification course for future clergy.

September 23: Theology of Environmental Stewardship

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

Bill has been the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church since 2014. He was educated at Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. & D. Min.), and ordained to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1985.

Bill will consult Jim Antal’s book Climate Church, Climate World, and also Eaarth, and Falter, by Bill McKibben.

September 30: Local Conservation Efforts

Panel discussion with

Facilitator: Richard Day

Panelists: Cameron Avery, Kathy Evertsberg, Katie Nahlwold, and King Poor who will encourage us to protect our environment

Cameron Avery

Cam is actively involved as a board member and officer of Environmental Law and Policy Center, Habitat for Humanity Chicago and Friends of the Green Bay Trail. As a strong believer in the Habitat for Humanity mission, he has built Habitat homes in Chicago, D.C., Haiti, Thailand and Malawi.

Richard Day

At home Richard helped to build his energy efficient house where he is an active reuser, recycler, and composter. He’s an active member of the church Rummage Sale and the communities River Clean Up Days. Richard is a past member and Board Chair of the 501C3 Environmental Law and Policy Center and member of the 501C4 Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

Kathy Evertsberg

As a native Midwesterner, Kathy is passionate about Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes and what the future holds for this amazing body of fresh water. She is passionate about recycling and reducing the use of plastics in her home. Currently Kathy is the Conservation Chair for the Kenilworth Garden Club and writes a monthly column on All Things Green.

Katie Nahrwold

An educator passionate about the environment and taking care of the earth. Katie is founder of Go Green Illinois Schools, Go Green Kenilworth and a co-founder of North Shore Green Women. She has worked for SWANCC and is currently a teacher at Joseph Sears School teaching grades 5th–8th as well as coordinating the outdoor classroom garden and working as a sustainability coordinator for the district, a life-long rummage volunteer, and avid composter and recycler at home.

King Poor

Perhaps it began in the 1980’s when King’s wife, Hope, donned a full-length “Woodsy Owl” costume to promote recycling in Winnetka. Since then the Poor family has tried to care for the environment in a variety of ways by such things as driving hybrid cars, buying organic foods, using eco-friendly cleaning supplies, having a home energy audit, using an electric lawn mower—and thanks to the Rummage Sale, they’ve  avoided putting more stuff in landfills and buying new things, while the same time, having their wardrobes enhanced.

Outside the home as a village trustee, King helped set up the Winnetka Environmental Commission in 2008. The commission has been responsible for many local environmental initiatives, such as an ordinance requiring at least 75% of all demolitions to be recycled. King also helped convince the village manager to stop buying plastic water bottles for village employees, since after all, Winnetka is in the business of selling Lake Michigan water—some of the best-tasting water anywhere.

Finally King will be chairing Kenilworth Union Church’s new Green Team that will be part of Faith in Place—a statewide organization of diverse faith communities working to preserve and protect our environment.