Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Earth Walk will begin at UM Ministry Center


Earth Walk will begin in the United Methodist Ministry Center parking lot in Oklahoma City on Earth Day, April 22.

Live music will welcome people at 6 p.m. The walking route, just over 1 mile, will go around and through the campus of UM-related Oklahoma City University.

Among sponsors is the Environmental Coalition of the Oklahoma Conference’s Board of Church & Society.

Co-chairperson Pat Hoerth said, "We’re walking for recognition of the beauty of our planet and concern for our home here." Supporting the event "seemed natural. Our coalition is very active." The group holds its meetings at the Ministry Center.

Joe Meinhart of OCU, who directs the OIKOS (World House) Scholars program, said students will be among those walking.

"We teach our students that living in harmony with nature is critical to humanity’s future," he said. "There is no Planet B we can move to if we mess this one up."

After remarks by the Sierra Club state director and students from three universities, walkers will step out.

All are welcome, said Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House. "We are expecting grandparents and baby strollers." Signs and banners are welcome, too.

Among sponsors are the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Citizens Climate Lobby of Norman, and various churches.

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