West End United Methodist Church

Advocacy alert:

We are calling upon members of our Creation Care Commitee and our church to speak out against the Bordeaux Landfill Expansion. This is an issue that overlays environmental and racial justice concerns.  For more information on the proposed landfill expansion, see this news article: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/state-local-leaders-fight-landfill-expansion-in-bordeaux.

Here's more about the issue and what the ask of our elected officials is: ExpansionofLandfillinBordeaux(2).docx

Speak Truth to Power

A sustainable earth requires not only that we learn all we can and practice good stewardship at home, but also that we ask Congress to pass legislation that encourages sustainability. One of our three areas of foci for our team is advocacy. 

Lynn Jobe, along with Paul Slentz and two others, accepted the challenge resulting from the 2019 Creation Care Summit to review proposed federal legislation. The team has finished their task, identifying three bills, two of which are current in the House and Senate (HR 763, S2284/HR4051). If passed, either or both would drawdown carbon emissions to the goal set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Additionally, both would return fees collected from carbon emitters to the people, which would especially help those who struggle economically.

The third bill, the RECLAIM Act (HR 2156), would provide support for people and communities in transition as they face the loss of the coal industry. All three are in accordance with the United Methodist Social Principles. As the next step, the Creation Justice Movement is inviting people to read the report and to comment. After that, assuming any concerns are addressed, will come approval and dissemination to the church as a whole. The hope is that United Methodists will speak up in support of passing these bills into law. While each person can recycle or drive less, to have the necessary level of impact on global warming will take laws. Send comments to Lynn Jobe (kl.jobe@gmail.com).

Here is a summary of the legislation the legislative study committee thinks will most help our planet:FederalLegislativeTeamRev5.pdf

How to Advocate with Your Elected Officials

The Creation Care State Advocacy Working group hosted a successful webinar in May on the whys and how-to’s of advocacy particularly during this Covid-19 context. The recorded webinar can be viewed here. Contact State Advocacy Working Group Facilitator, Rev. Paul Slentz at pslentz53@gmail.com for more information.

Talking to your elected official is an important part of advocacy. It's important to know who your elected officials are and where they stand on issues like the environment.  Take a moment to learn who your elected officials are and get their contact information so you can prepare to send them your thoughts on why you as a person of faith care about the earth. 

Local Officials:

Metro Nashville City Council Member

Mayor John Cooper - Phone: 615-862-6000,  Email: mayor@nashville.gov

Tennessee State OfficialsLynn Jobe and Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye at Creation Care Day on the Hill

TN State Representatives

TN State Senators

Governor Bill Lee -  You can contact Bill Lee using this form (https://www.tn.gov/governor/contact-us.html) or by calling his office and leaving a message with his staff (615) 741-2001.

National Level Officials

US House of Representatives

US Senate
     Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN)
     455 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
     (202) 224-4944
     Contact: www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email

     Blackburn, Marsha - (R - TN)
     357 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
     (202) 224-3344
     Contact: www.blackburn.senate.gov/email-me

President Donald Trump 
From the White House: Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your message gets to the White House as quickly as possible. If possible, email us! This is the fastest way to get your message to President Trump.

  • If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.
  • Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.
  • And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure your message gets to us as quickly and directly as possible:

              The White House
              1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
               Washington, DC 20500