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 these upcoming Alternative Transportation Sundays:

  • April 28th, 2019
  • June 30th, 2019
  • September 15th, 2019

Resources

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

  1. Presbyterians for Earth Care 2018 Advent Devotional PDF
  2. We wanted to share this resource from Cool Harvest that might be of some interest on how to do a Carbon-free Thanksgiving.
  3. 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.
  4. We, like many of you, were 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.
  5. As a reminder, PEC will be hosting their annual conference this summer, August 6-9, 2019 at the Stony Point Center (Stony Point, NY).  The conference will provide a great opportunity to network with other Earth Care Congregations, plug into national creation care initiatives, and explore the spiritual grounding we require to thrive in a changing climate.  The full conference program and a link to register can be found at presbyearthcare.org/events A limited number of scholarships are available – see the conference program for details.
  6. GreenFaith would like to encourage Presbyterians to participate in their Fellows Program: “We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Fellowship Class, which begins in September 2019. The application deadline is May 31, 2019. Since 2006, the GreenFaith Fellowship Program has trained over 200 leaders from more than 25 US states and 7 countries. We train clergy, religious leaders, and active members of churches, temples, mosques, and sanghas from around the world. GreenFaith Fellows join the Fellowship Community through a 10-month training program which includes two retreats, ten webinars, eco-spiritual writing assignments, and a leadership project that supports the development of local religious-environmental efforts. Applications from a global audience are encouraged.”
  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