Interfaith Collaboration for the Environment
Towson PC’s Earth Corps combined two objectives in one event in April, 2007: planting trees at their Beetree Preserve and collaborating with an Islamic group in interfaith action. Trees have many beneficial effects and this was one of many plantings that have been carried out along
Battling Exotic Invasive Plants
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ANNAPOLIS
Adult Education Program
As part of the 2009 adult Christian Education curriculum, First Presbyterian of Annapolis chose to offer a seven week series on Green Stewardship: Christian Resources and Responses. The intent was to tap those in the congregation invested in conservation and care of creation issues, share expertise, and begin the process of formulating a path forward for First Presbyterian – both for better management of our church campus and for providing more educational and outreach opportunities for the congregation. The class series was well attended and we are integrating some of the energy into Session and Trustee planning as well.
Overall goal To learn about, share, discuss, and evaluate how we become stewards of green/clean prosperity. How do we balance personal and corporate strategies/tactics; how do we embrace a sustainable prosperity for all, not prosperity for some and poverty for the rest. How do we build both our personal AND communal value systems to support living green and advocating green. The series will focus on how we can better:
We will look at what we can do today, balanced with how we work towards new models for sustainable prosperity, how we can stay sane and engaged when the problems seem overwhelming, what our role is as the Church in this process and how First Presbyterian can participate most effectively.
1 Introduction: implications of the two creation stories in Genesis
2 Stewardship – Produce / Design Green 1:Steve & Martha Johnson
3 Stewardship – Biblical focus (how we “pray green”): George Fisher,
4 Stewardship – Produce / Design Green 2: Steve & Martha Johnson
5 Stewardship – Consume Green: What choices do we have day
6 Stewardship – Legislate/advocate Green: Julie Erickson, Baltimore Presbytery advocate
7 Engaging and moving forward: Facilitated discussion
More details are available upon request from Debbie Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Composting: The Ultimate Recycling Working in cooperation with the Howard County Office of Public Works and the Bureau of Environmental Services, the newly formed Care of Creation Committee at First Presbyterian of Howard County distributed 40 yard compost bins, called Earth Machines, this spring. The compact black, formed plastic, upright Earth Machine Home Composting container holds 80 gallon of vegetable, food and yard waste materials. It has a tight fitting cover to prevent animal disturbance. The black container absorbs heat, accelerating the composting process. The County provided the Earth Machines and delivered them to First Presbyterian. The Care of Creation Committee set up a table and distributed them following services on the four Sundays in April-May. A class on composting, lead by Master Gardner, Ed Blacka, was given on April 27,2008. Information and tips on composting were printed in the Church Newsletter, Tidings. For further information, please contact Kris Holmes at 410-730-3545 or email@example.com, or Nancy Fayer, at RnFyr@aol.com or 410-750-1479
Locally-grown, Organic Produce. These four congregations have partnered in the community-supported agriculture (CSA) program of with One Straw Farm in Further information: www.onestrawfarm.com
Locally-grown, Organic Produce.
These four congregations have partnered in the community-supported agriculture (CSA) program of with One Straw Farm in
Further information: www.onestrawfarm.com
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..God created the heavens and the earth... and God saw that it was very good."
With these words, at the very beginning of our scriptures, the Hebrew story-tellers affirmed the beauty and holiness of the natural world. We start from there. [more]
The purpose of this web site is to help individuals and congregations in their ministry of Caring for Creation. We aim to provide encouragment, information, ideas and resources for use in the wide variety of circumstances that congregations and people encounter in their daily lives.
There are many web sites that can help you. We also have a series of papers on Biblical and other topics related to earth ministry, suggestions of books that will help you develop deeper understanding of creation and creation care, and listings of speakers who are willing to make a presentation at your church and video resources for classes and forums.