Our church has been accepted into the GreenFaith Certification program. GreenFaith includes organizations from diverse religious traditions who wish to demonstrate and grow their commitment to environmental stewardship. The certification program is a two-year process which includes activity requirements in the areas of Spirit, Stewardship, Justice and Communications. Some components of the requirements are including ecological themes in some of our worship services, participating in interfaith environmental activities, conducting educational programs on the theme of environmental justice, and implementing good stewardship practices, examples of which might be reducing our energy usage, implementing composting, or conserving water. A more detailed list of the required activities may be found here; note that the program allows great flexibility in how we choose to fulfill the requirements, allowing us to choose activities which best match how we see God asking us to care for our world.
A first step in the process was to conduct audits of our current practices in the areas of stewardship, spirit, and environmental justice. The audits were extensive, but a brief summary of the results may be found here.
As one of our activities supporting a greater appreciation for the spiritual in the environment, in 2017 we dedicated an outdoor labyrinth, open to the public.
Your GreenFaith team includes Connie Knapp, Jean Post Winget, Tami Seidel, David Lee, Robin Corpolongo, Lynda Spring, Theresa Kennedy, Nicole DeCintio, and Donna Gresh. Contact any of us if you have questions or would like to help in this process!