Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Advocacy

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Across the country, churches and individuals are changing the ways we live and do business to become better stewards of God's creation. Together we express and seek to embody the Episcopal Church’s call to educate, act, and advocate for environmental justice and care for all of God’s creation.

[10/28/2011]  TEXAS: Calvary Church and Dreyer's plant community fruit orchard
With the help of many from the community, Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond planted a fruit orchard of 25 trees at their Growing in Grace Community Gardens on Oct. 26. In July, Calvary was awarded a fruit orchard from Dreyer's Fruit Bars after winning an online voting contest.

[10/26/2011]  Faith communities in Canada address climate change
Faith leaders, politicians and members of the public gathered in Ottawa from Oct. 23-24 to address global warming, responding to a broad interfaith effort to call attention to climate change as a moral issue.

[10/25/2011]  A Greener Calling: Massachusetts church holds true to its preaching with repairs
[Newburyport (MA) News] The congregation at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Amesbury, Massachusetts has taken the mission of honoring God's creation to a green level. The Rev. Susan Esco Chandler only has to look at the church's energy bill to see that the effort is paying off.

[10/19/2011]  Fighting for land, environmental protection in Brazil
Araides Duarte da Luz grew up in a migrant-worker family, living wherever anyone offered them a place. His wife, Marilene Hammel, grew up on a farm her family was forced to sell during Brazil's "green revolution."

[9/7/2011]  Tuition subsidies available, free webinars scheduled for innovative Episcopal Church – GreenFaith partnership
[September 7, 2011] Michael Schut, Episcopal Church Economic/Environmental Affairs Officer, has announced the availability of tuition subsidies and the scheduling of two free webinars regarding the partnership between the Episcopal Church and GreenFaith.

[9/2/2011]  Gabriel's Place seeks to grow in Southern Ohio "food desert"
[Cincinnati (OH) Examiner] Gabriel’s Place is a year-round community garden, community kitchen, and marketplace seeking to become a sustainable community space in Avondale, Ohio, which has been called a food desert. Food deserts are areas without access to affordable foods that make up a healthy diet.

[8/23/2011]  Interfaith group joins protest against proposed 'tar sand' oil pipeline from Canada
A proposed pipeline to convey oil derived from "tar sand" in Canada across the American heartland is facing strong opposition from environmentalists – including faith-based groups – staging nonviolent sit-in protests this week in front of the White House in Washington D.C.

[8/22/2011]  Georgia church shines light by turning off the lights
[Smyrna-Vinings Patch.com] A small team of about 10 people at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Georgia, is doing its part to make the church, and eventually the entire community, a greener place with the help of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.

[8/17/2011]  Creation is in crisis: Anglicans must act
The effects of climate change and human-induced environmental degradation continue to accelerate in all regions of the Anglican Communion. This became starkly clear as participants in the Anglican Communion Environmental Network's meeting in Chaclacayo, Peru, shared reports from their provinces and met with Anglicans in the Diocese of Peru and other Peruvians engaged locally with severe environmental challenges and community initiatives

[8/14/2011]  Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 'Goes Green' in Georgia
[Northeast Cobb (GA) Patch] The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Northeast Cobb County, Georgia, is saving energy and money in its buildings by going green. A dynamic nonprofit - Georgia Interfaith Power & Light - has funding to help other congregations of any religion analyze their energy use and give grants to make similar improvements.

[7/24/2011]  Wildlife habitat certified at New York church
[Democrat and Chronicle] For the first time in Monroe County, New York, a place of worship has a portion of its property certified as a National Wildlife Habitat. St. George's Episcopal Church now hosts bluebirds, deer, rodents and other many-legged friends on its 10 acres of land.

[6/21/2011]  An organic garden grows on Long Island
[Long Island (NY) Herald] A 500-square-foot organic garden now adorns a large portion of land at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Bellmore, New York. The space was seen as an opportunity to get the community outdoors and supply the less fortunate with healthy, fresh food.

[6/18/2011]  Garden plots tended by refugee families show ties to past, hope for future
[Grand Rapids (MI) Press] Where Om Koirala, whose family fled religious persecution in their homeland when he was 10, sees plain-old vegetable plants in a garden behind Holy Cross Episcopal Church, his parents see something to clutch from their past.

[6/14/2011]  Minnesota breakfast program aims to serve home-cooked food of local origins and connect the community
[Twin Cities (MN) Pioneer Press] Our Community Kitchen at Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater, Minnesota, is offered in partnership with the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program and the Land Stewardship Project. The pilot program is intended to increase access to fruits and vegetables in local diets; it has established relationships with nearby farmers and growers.

[6/9/2011]  African faith leaders call for action on climate change
World leaders must set binding targets for phasing out fossil fuels and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to less than one degree centigrade as a measure of slowing down global warming, African faith leaders have said.

[6/8/2011]  Community garden open for business in Ohio
[This Week Community Newspapers (OH)] The Garden of Eatin' is a combined effort between Ohio's Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, St. James Episcopal Church and Columbus Foundation.

[6/8/2011]  Rhode Island church’s garden will feed the hungry
[East Bay Rhode Island] The back yard at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Barrington, Rhode Island, has a new look. Twenty-four raised garden beds have been constructed on the lawn behind the church which will accommodate a new endeavor to feed the hungry. The project is called St. John’s Open Hands Garden.

[6/4/2011]  Churches to help youths tend gardens, friendships
[Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle] Close to 30 teens from Rochester and all over Monroe County, New York, helped with planting seedlings along a stretch of road in Rochester. They will continue to volunteer as their churches take turns tending the garden through the summer and eventually reaping its harvest.

[5/30/2011]  Energy Conservation Through the Lens of Faith
[Miller-McCune Magazine] Advocates of green living are often eager to support their cause by referencing benefits of an eco-friendly life style. In recent years, however, voices within progressive religion have elevated the cause to a higher plateau.

[5/28/2011]  The search for earth: Demand for community gardens in Santa Cruz County vastly overruns supply
[Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinal] Demand is soaring in Santa Cruz County, California, for small patches of earth. The situation is not unique to that county either, according to a 2009 National Gardening Association study which showed that 7 million more U.S. households plan to grow their own food this year than during the previous year -- a 19 percent increase.

[5/12/2011]  Faith-based Earth care: Asheville congregations work together
[Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times] On a sunny day, 11 members of Congregation Beth HaTephila and St. Mary's Episcopal Church gathered at a newly installed Adopt-a-Street sign. It's one of several ways the two congregations have teamed up to promote environmental awareness within their congregations and their community.

[4/27/2011]  Wyoming priest helps spark faith-based conservation movement
[Billings (MT) Gazette] If the desert was good enough for Jesus, Moses and the Essenes, the Rev. Warren Murphy believes, then it’s good for Wyoming. But members of On Sacred Ground, a faith-based movement that Murphy helped start in 2007, believe Wyoming's Red Desert is more vulnerable than ever to oil and gas exploration.

[4/18/2011]  Iowa churches embrace 'green' Palm Sunday
[Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier] At St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Palm Sunday celebration is also an opportunity to practice stewardship and social justice. The parish purchases Chamaedorea palms through Eco-Palms, a project that promotes sustainable harvesting practices and fair wages for harvesters.

[4/13/2011]  Convergence of Earth Day, Good Friday highlights church's 'green' ministries
As Holy Week quickly approaches and Good Friday and Earth Day coincide, the Episcopal Church has compiled liturgical, educational and other resources for incorporating earth-care themes into services and celebrations

[4/11/2011]  Photos: Florida Church Observes Earth Care Month
[NorthEscambia.com] St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Cantonment, Florida, is observing April as Earth Care Month. As part of the church’s commitment to become more aware and better stewards of the earth’s ecosystems, the church invited the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida for a presentation.

[4/8/2011]  Church youth focus on environment for Lent
[Augusta (GA) Chronicle] Instead of giving something up for Lent, the youth of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Augusta, Georgia, set out to collect other people's trash -- specifically, their electronic waste.

[4/7/2011]  This Good Friday, let's celebrate Earth Day
[The Daily Caller] While Christians worldwide meditate upon the crucifixion of their savior this Good Friday, the Episcopal Church has suggested that the faithful also reflect upon whether they’re doing their part to reduce C02 emissions.

[4/3/2011]  It's Green to Glean: Volunteers Pick Your Extra Produce for the Needy
[San Leandro Patch] Citrus and other fruit trees literally line the yards and streets of San Leandro, California, and their produce often drops to the ground unwanted and wasted. Given this circumstance, it’s shocking and strange that so many people in Alameda County lack healthy food. A social phenomenon called gleaning is springing up to heal this disconnect by harvesting the surplus fruit and distributing it to those in need.

[3/23/2011]  Wave sacramental eco-palms this Palm Sunday
"To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration…in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want

[3/19/2011]  Missions with a green message
[Gainesville (GA) Times] Throughout history, the way missionaries spread Christianity has changed as the world and cultural dynamics have advanced. Today, environmental missionaries who are blending the green movement and their spiritual work are a growing group.

[1/29/2011]  New Community Garden Program in Ballard may impact Afghanistan
[Ballard (WA) News-Tribune] St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard, Washington, is launching a community garden project, which may impact the people of Afghanistan.


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Interfaith Power & Light
GreenFaith Certification Program for Episcopal Churches


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