"Our mission is to live as a faith community in covenant with God and with each other, as stewards of creation, using natural resources responsibly and helping others to do the same."
What more can we do, as people of faith, to take care of God's earth? How about creating a Green Team or Creation Care group within your church or faith community?
Members of Edgehill United Methodist Church (Nashville, TN) felt the call to do more after studying the book Serve God, Save the Planet by Matthew Sleeth. They were moved to accept his invitation to re-imagine the way we live, both individually and as a faith community. They created a mission statement and began to work on reducing the carbon footprint of the church. The team developed a strategy to green the church's facility/buildings, activities, and working groups. (Church dinners now use dishes and plates that can be washed. The UMW group bought enough green cloth napkins to serve most gatherings. The Green Team collects dead batteries from church members and makes sure the batteries are disposed of safely.)
For more resources, visit The Green Congregation Program.
"Discovery Weekend changed me. I now have a better and stronger relationship with God because of it. Also, it has changed our church because people from all grades got closer together." (Discovery Weekend is an Upper Room spiritual formation experience for middle schoolers).