Pray and act for creation
Here are some resources and actions you can take:
• Observe upcoming Rogation Days, May 18-20, as a time for acknowledging global connectedness, dependence on God’s creation for food and sustenance of all kinds and the need for God’s blessing. Congregations might designate a day or days and encourage people to create rituals, asking God’s blessing on seeds or seedlings, making processions around their gardens or saying the litany on their morning walk. Prayers can be found in the Book of Occasional Services (pp. 88-111) and in this Church of England resource. People are invited to post photos on social media, including the Episcopalians Caring for Creation Facebook page.
• Sign up and start using the Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home carbon tracker.
--Provided by the Creation Care Justice Network
Creation Care Justice Network
Clergy and lay people working together to help churches and communities care for creation through embracing sustainable practices and providing support and ideas for reducing the church’s carbon footprint--saving dollars and the earth; experiencing the outdoors; and preaching about interconnectedness with the natural world.
The network meets the first Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the diocesan offices at 138 Tremont Street in Boston and by Zoom video conference. Contact Dawn Tesorero (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
Sign up here to be part of the network and to get e-mail updates from the network.
Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home Carbon Tracker
Want to know what your household's carbon output is and how you can reduce it? Want to get others in your congregation and community to work together to reduce your combined carbon footprint? The Episcopal Church's "Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home" online carbon tracker can help.
Go to www.sustainislandhome.org, scroll down to "Massachusetts Diocese" and then click on the "Join the Challenge" button below Bishop Gates's letter. The tracker is organized by diocese, congregation, city and region. For more information or to get a Green Team going in your congregation, contact the Rev. Laurie Rofinot (email@example.com).
Green Loans and Fossil Fuel Free Fund
Diocesan Green Loans are low-interest loans of up to $100,000 that enable congregations to make energy-efficient changes to their buildings.
- Green Loans are awarded on a rolling basis.
- Congregations interested in applying for Green Loans will find more information and application materials on the Green Loans page.
Fossil Fuel Free Fund: For information about investment opportunities with this broadly diversified portfolio, contact Charlie Jordan, Investment Coordinator, Trustees of Donations (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 307).
Creation Tithing Primer: A workbook of resources for creation tithing, a program for houses of worship and their members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent each year through a dedicated focus on reducing the worst consumer-generated emitters.
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light: Offers specialized training and energy assessments based on energy use patterns of houses of worship. Fees for energy assessment are charged on a sliding scale. Ask in advance for details.
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