Presbyterians for Earth Care Certified Earth Care Congregation

Congratulations to Southminster on our recertification as an Earth Care Congregation! There are now 6 in Oregon. We are deeply concerned about our choices impact the environment at local and global levels. We have taken steps to make our church building more energy efficient and we have examined our carbon footprints to assess how we are affecting creation.

We continue our environmental stewardship by doing simple things such as using less paper in our newsletters and order of worship, drinking coffee from reusable cups, using energy efficient light bulbs, and participating in alternative transportation Sundays. There are many things we can do at home, too. Rebalancing our diets to include more veggies, carbs, and fruits and less mammal meat is better for the environment and for our bodies. Thanks for your commitment to caring for God’s earth.

Bike there! Bus there! Rideshare! Alternative Transportation Sundays

Lift up the community, health, caring for God’s creation, and personal lifestyle commitments. Saving energy and carbon emissions is a huge benefit of this event. Just as important are fun and community-building.

Consider an alternative means of getting to church on Alternative Transportation Sunday.
We’ll announce the 2020 dates soon!

Resources

Return to this page periodically for resources on environmental stewardship and our commitment to eco-justice:

  1. (Above) In mid-August, a video crew supported by Blessed Tomorrow, a Presbyterian Hunger Program partner, filmed chapel service at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. Portions of the service, as well as an interview with the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, Presbyterian Mission Agency president and executive director, are featured in a new climate action video, “Jesus Calls Us.” Click here to learn more about this work.
  2. The Climate Care Challenge is a two-part commitment that first asks participants to make a personal step to help decrease the impacts of climate change, then asks for an outward step that engages the participant’s community. Take the challenge! pcusa.org/ccc
  3. Presbyterians for Earth Care 2018 Advent Devotional PDF
  4. We wanted to share this resource from Cool Harvest that might be of some interest about how to do a Carbon-free Thanksgiving.
  5. For those of you interested in further readings reflecting on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) report and Climate Change, we would suggest this article in Sojourners written by another one of Advisory Committee members, Neddy Astudillo.
  6. We, like many of you, we’re concerned about the findings of the United Nation’s IPCC report. You can find a blog about this report on the Eco-Journey blog here and the Stated Clerk also released this statement.
  7. Presbyterians for Carbon Pricing Now shares the following:
    1. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR763) is up to 29 Co-Sponsors from across the country. Please show them some love with a letter if your member is among them.  
    2. Steve Gillard recently tabled at Compassion, Peace and Justice Day in DC sharing the word with many Presbyterians and collecting 25 letters to Congress! Please add one of your own by going to this link;
    3. Consider asking your church to support the bill and endorse at this link; Endorse HR763