Action and advocacy often begin at the local level in the congregation. Communities can come together to work and advocate for an issue affecting their area while also building and strengthening relationships. Read about how congregations around the country have put their faith into action.
Working together for justice.
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.
'Cool congregations': The Interfaith Power & Light story, part 1
[National Catholic Reporter] The Rev. Sally Bingham, in partnership with Steve MacAusland, founded Episcopal Power & Light, representing a coalition of Episcopal congregations that had purchased green power. Episcopal Power & Light soon became California Interfaith Power & Light. The Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) movement has spread across the country where now 38 states and the District of Columbia have recognized IPLs.
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.
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.
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.