Stewardship of the Earth

The Green Team at St. Paul’s

Why a Green Team?

  • To participate in God’s re-creation of the world (!)
  • To live more fully into our incarnational spirituality as Anglo-Catholics
  • To join a growing justice movement that creates genuine, measurable change

Francis Feeding BirdsHow? As a Green Team:

In the Holy Eucharist, Daily Office, and personal lives of prayer, we will hold the Earth our mother and all living creatures before God, and gracefully invite other parishioners to do the same (Prayer and Worship)

We will continually learn more about the issue ourselves, and participate in formation activities for all ages at St. Paul’s (Study and Learning)

We will listen intently to our fellow parishioners in multiple venues, including coffee hour, quiet mornings, and newcomers gatherings, to discern with them how to deepen our common involvement in this issue; we will build a culture of regular contact, prayer, and fellowship as a team (Life in Community)

We will work to make changes in our individual carbon footprints, food choices, waste practices, and other Earth-sensitive behaviors, in our homes and at church; and we will discuss ways to advocate for this issue beyond the doors of St. Paul’s (Action)

For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12

St. Paul’s has a long history of living a green faith. The former Earth Stewardship Committee was formed in 2002, thanks largely to the patient leadership of Christie and Frank Hammond, and then was later renamed the St. Francis Guild, in remembrance of both Frank’s and Francis of Assisi’s dedication to honoring and preserving God’s creation.

environment1. St. Paul’s was recognized as a Greening Congregation through the Earth Ministry program having taken the following steps:

2. Serving organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee at coffee hour

3. Using cloth napkins, and china, paper, or corn stalk-based plates

4. A comprehensive recycling program, which includes the composting of our food and paper waste in city-provided yard waste bins

5. Installation of more energy-efficient lighting

6. Creation of the St. Paul’s Centennial Garden and labyrinth  as an urban oasis