When a community in our city faces pollution, health risks, and extreme heat, what should our response be as the body of Christ? What does it mean to practically love our neighbor in these circumstances? To help Christians faithfully answer these questions, the Climate Witness Project recently premiered a unique storytelling series entitled This is Hunting Park, focused on a low-income community in Philadelphia.
The Hunting Park community’s environmental issues are not unique. Similar problems are often found in low income neighborhoods throughout North America. But these problems do not represent the whole story. Instead, what is unique in this Philadelphia community is the way Christians and community leaders have come together to fight for a better future.
To tell these stories of hopeful action, we interviewed faith leaders, neighbors, and community organizers working to address environmental harm. Their solutions included planting trees, providing solar panels, investing in education, and advocating with the city government. Our goal is that viewers will be inspired as they see what is possible in their hometown.
This study explores not only the biblical call for creation care but prompts action steps towards policy change and resilience building. Each week’s study is aimed and tailored to cover a specific theme, ranging from the concept of environmental justice to the immense power of public policy and Christian organizing and advocacy.
This is Hunting Park storytelling series consists of six video sessions. Small groups can use the free downloadable study guide to dig further into the issues talked about. Each session includes discussion questions to prompt further thought and meaningful dialogue.
The series is free and we’d love to have your church or community group join us in this journey to learn how to faithfully love our neighbors through climate change action and advocacy.