Pray and act for creation
“Protests have exploded across our country demanding racial justice and the dismantling of the systems that have oppressed people of color since this country was founded. Racial oppression is so overwhelmingly present in America that when it comes to climate, there can be no justice without racial justice.” --Carlie Clarcq, “How systemic racism determines health outcomes for Black Americans," climateXchange, June 18, 2020
The Creation Care Justice Network in the Diocese of Massachusetts is meeting with the Mission Institute and Episcopal City Mission to discuss collaboration and next steps on environmental racism.
This will be the network’s focus in Creation Justice Season, beginning Sept. 1 (to align with the World Council of Churches’ Season of Creation). The network encourages congregations to use September and October to incorporate themes around environmental racism into worship, education and action.
Members of the network are collecting resources: Anyone with environmental justice stories, poems, artwork or worship materials to share, or who wants to be part of a panel discussion, is invited to e-mail Dawn Tesorero at email@example.com
“We stand at a Kairos moment--in order to fight environmental injustice, we must also fight racial injustice." The Anglican Communion Environmental Network rallied 60 bishops including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, alongside the Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, to the Diocese of East Zambia, to sign a pledge against environmental racism with a focus on reconciliation, active listening and solidarity with vulnerable populations. The statement can be read in full here.
--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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