Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church
The Green Episcopal Ministry (GEM) provides opportunities for the church community to operate in a more environmentally sustainable way, as well as learn about environmental issues. In particular, we have instituted the following:
- Recycling of paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic containers, batteries, printer cartridges;
- Establishment of a community garden;
- Installation of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in worship and meeting spaces;
- Substitution of durable goods for disposable ones (plates, napkins, cups, etc.);
- Use of electronic communications and document storage rather than printed materials;
- Procurement of Fair Trade coffee and tea for hospitality events;
- Adult Forums on Environmental Sustainability: Simple Living, Local Foods, and Being Green in Daily Life;
- Curriculum on environmental issues for high school youth groups;
- Publication of a Slightly Irreverent Guide for Greening the Christmas Holidays by the Christ Church Youth Group in 2007.
Green Approach to Living the Gospel
On Sunday, December 4, Lynda Bernays and Katie Ong-Landini presented this sermon on the topic.
Lynda offered this article on eating habits as a followup.
No Impact Week, October 16-23, 2011
A one week project focusing on lowering your carbon footprint. Click here for details.
A Thought Provoking Mid-Week Update
This article came to me as a result of my participation in No Impact Week. Please read it carefully – it has a number of good points, even if the thought of living without a car is up there with butchering your own beef in the likelihood that you’ll do it. One of the most significant statements is tucked away in the middle of the article:
Lately, it seems, everyone is going “green”–even my mom is eating vegan and taking public transit. Still, as climate change unfolds on a grand scale, we all must wonder if our individual lifestyle choices are really making a significant difference. Although one can worry about paper or plastic, the Union of Concerned Scientists explains that the most influential environmental choices an individual can make boil down to three: Drive less; Eat less meat; Live in smaller, well-insulated homes.
That’s right – three things we can do: Drive less. Eat less meat. Live in a small and well-insulated home. Most of that I can do, and this winter, I’m going to see what I can do about insulating our drafty apartment.
This article, with associated links and comments, can be found at
The Rev. Peter Faass iniated a discussion on sustainability based on an article first published in the New York Times by Thomas Friedman titled "The Earth is Full." Rev. Peter's introduction can be found in his Musings article of July 14. The list of full articles for consideration and discussion follows.
- The Earth is Full July 14, 2011
- A TV Power Drain, July 20, 2011
- Relating to Your Neighbor, July 28, 2011
- Slow Food Movement, August 4, 2011
- Water Conservation, August 11, 2011
- People Count, August 18, 2011