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How  Green  is Your Church? For Greening Your Corner of the CRC Ideas Projects Inspiration…
Is God green? <ul><ul><li>God is first known as creator (Gen 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>all of creation is “very go...
Should Christians be green? <ul><ul><li>Humans are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We refl...
Does the CRC want to be green? <ul><ul><li>“ By sovereign appointment we are earthkeepers and caretakers: loving our neigh...
Does the CRC want to be green? <ul><li>Article 38, Synod 2008. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“[No need for] further analysis regar...
Why go green? <ul><li>It can save money </li></ul>It is a good witness It helps the poor
Why go green? <ul><li>Your kids won’t hate you </li></ul>You’ll protect your health You’ll draw nearer to God
Where do we begin? <ul><li>Green Grant 2008 ideas… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WORSHIP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FELLOWSHIP </l...
WORSHIP Sermon series, liturgy, music  (Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor) Meeting outdoors, unplugged (Watershed, Traverse City) “...
FELLOWSHIP Canning  (Trinity, Grandville) EcoTeam  (Friendship, Byron Center MI) Group  Posters (Watershed,  Traverse City...
BUILDING and GROUNDS Buildings and Grounds
BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit  (Eastern Ave, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Buildings and Grounds
BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit   </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation  (Palm Lane, Arizona) </...
BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation  </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting...
BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit  </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation  </li></ul><ul><li>Meetin...
BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation  </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting...
BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit  </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation  </li></ul><ul><li>Meetin...
OUTREACH Outreach
OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden  (Third CRC, Lynden WA) </li></ul>Outreach
OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling service for worshippers who can’t recycle at home ...
OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden  </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany  (Easte...
OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden  </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany   </li>...
OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden  </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany  </li><...
OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden  </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany  </li><...
HABITS Habits
HABITS <ul><li>Composting  (Third, Lynden WA) </li></ul>Habits
HABITS <ul><li>Composting   </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam  (New Community Newaygo) </li></ul>Worship Fellowship Buil...
HABITS <ul><li>Composting  </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / facebook  (Monroe ...
HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul>...
HABITS <ul><li>Composting  </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam  </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></u...
HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul>...
HABITS <ul><li>Composting  </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul...
EDUCATION Education
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair  (Calvary Wyoming) </li></ul>Education
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair   </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class  (Silver Spring) </li></ul>Education
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair  </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class   </li></ul><ul><li>Blog -  www.chapelclima...
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair  </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class  </li></ul><ul><li>Blog  </li></ul><ul><li>...
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair  </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog  </li></ul><ul><li>B...
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class  </li></ul><ul><li>Blog  </li></ul><ul><li>B...
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bul...
EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair  </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class  </li></ul><ul><li>Blog  </li></ul><ul><li>...
ADVOCACY Advocacy
ADVOCACY <ul><li>“Step It Up 2007”  (Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor) </li></ul>Advocacy
ADVOCACY <ul><li>“ Step It Up 2007”  </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with the Mayor about wind energy  (Covenant, Sioux Center) ...
ADVOCACY <ul><li>“ Step It Up 2007” </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with the Mayor   </li></ul><ul><li>County-wide Environmental...
So get started! <ul><li>Complete the “How Green Is My Church?” worksheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Start a study group or teach a...
Need help? www.justiceseekers.ning.com [email_address] www.crcjustice.org Share ideas and support one another on our socia...
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  1. 1. How Green is Your Church? For Greening Your Corner of the CRC Ideas Projects Inspiration…
  2. 2. Is God green? <ul><ul><li>God is first known as creator (Gen 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>all of creation is “very good.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“The earth is the Lord’s…” (Ps 24) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God covenants with all creation (Gen 9) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God intends to renew the earth – our future is earthy (Rev 22) </li></ul></ul>YES
  3. 3. Should Christians be green? <ul><ul><li>Humans are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We reflect that image when we are earthkeepers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are called to “serve” ( ‘abad ) and “keep” ( shamar [care for, guard; same root for keep commandments ]) (Gen. 2:15). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But what about that dominion ? (Gen 1:28) </li></ul></ul>YES
  4. 4. Does the CRC want to be green? <ul><ul><li>“ By sovereign appointment we are earthkeepers and caretakers: loving our neighbor, tending the creation, and meeting our needs. God uses our skills in the unfolding and well-being of his world.” (Contemporary Testimony, par. 10). </li></ul></ul>YES
  5. 5. Does the CRC want to be green? <ul><li>Article 38, Synod 2008. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“[No need for] further analysis regarding the extent and often uncritical use of the finite resources provided by God through the earth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“…it is clear that we are only beginning to understand the consequences of maintaining the increasing consumption of finite resources and our waste disposal.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Through Jesus Christ, we are reconciled not only to the Father, but to our neighbor and to creation.” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Why go green? <ul><li>It can save money </li></ul>It is a good witness It helps the poor
  7. 7. Why go green? <ul><li>Your kids won’t hate you </li></ul>You’ll protect your health You’ll draw nearer to God
  8. 8. Where do we begin? <ul><li>Green Grant 2008 ideas… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WORSHIP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FELLOWSHIP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUILDING and GROUNDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OUTREACH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HABITS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ADVOCACY </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. WORSHIP Sermon series, liturgy, music (Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor) Meeting outdoors, unplugged (Watershed, Traverse City) “ Green Sunday” (Monroe Community, Grand Rapids) Worship
  10. 10. FELLOWSHIP Canning (Trinity, Grandville) EcoTeam (Friendship, Byron Center MI) Group Posters (Watershed, Traverse City MI) Sewing bee for cloth grocery bags (Covenant, Sioux Center IA) Fellowship
  11. 11. BUILDING and GROUNDS Buildings and Grounds
  12. 12. BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit (Eastern Ave, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Buildings and Grounds
  13. 13. BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation (Palm Lane, Arizona) </li></ul>Buildings and Grounds
  14. 14. BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting in public places (Crosswinds Community Church) </li></ul>Buildings and Grounds
  15. 15. BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting in public places </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable thermostats (Calvary, Wyoming MI) </li></ul>Buildings and Grounds
  16. 16. BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting in public places </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable thermostats </li></ul><ul><li>Rain garden (Silver Spring, MD) </li></ul>Worship Fellowship Buildings and Grounds Outreach Habits Education Advocacy
  17. 17. BUILDING and GROUNDS <ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>Native plants, efficient irrigation </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting in public places </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable thermostats </li></ul><ul><li>Rain garden </li></ul><ul><li>Dual-flush toilets, natural ventilation (Bellevue, Lynden) </li></ul>Buildings and Grounds
  18. 18. OUTREACH Outreach
  19. 19. OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden (Third CRC, Lynden WA) </li></ul>Outreach
  20. 20. OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling service for worshippers who can’t recycle at home (Monroe Community, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Outreach
  21. 21. OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany (Eastern Ave, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Outreach
  22. 22. OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany </li></ul><ul><li>SERVE project (Friendship, Byron Center MI) </li></ul>Outreach
  23. 23. OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany </li></ul><ul><li>SERVE project </li></ul><ul><li>VBS kids decorated coffee mugs (Boston Square, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Outreach
  24. 24. OUTREACH <ul><li>Community garden </li></ul><ul><li>Providing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbulbs for Epiphany </li></ul><ul><li>SERVE project </li></ul><ul><li>VBS mugs </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics recycling drive (Covenant, Sioux Center IA) </li></ul>Outreach
  25. 25. HABITS Habits
  26. 26. HABITS <ul><li>Composting (Third, Lynden WA) </li></ul>Habits
  27. 27. HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam (New Community Newaygo) </li></ul>Worship Fellowship Buildings and Grounds Outreach Habits Education Advocacy
  28. 28. HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / facebook (Monroe Community, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Habits
  29. 29. HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>People bring mugs, drink fair trade coffee (Crossroads, CA) </li></ul>Habits
  30. 30. HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Mugs, fair trade </li></ul><ul><li>Green cleaning products (Bellevue, WA) </li></ul>Habits
  31. 31. HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>mugs, fair trade </li></ul><ul><li>Green cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>Ink cartridge recycle (Roosevelt, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Habits
  32. 32. HABITS <ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>No more styrofoam </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters on email / Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>mugs, fair trade </li></ul><ul><li>Green cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>Ink cartridge recycle </li></ul><ul><li>Reusable shopping bag challenge (Boston Square, Grand Rapids) </li></ul>Habits
  33. 33. EDUCATION Education
  34. 34. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair (Calvary Wyoming) </li></ul>Education
  35. 35. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class (Silver Spring) </li></ul>Education
  36. 36. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog - www.chapelclimate.blogspot.com (Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor) </li></ul>Education
  37. 37. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin / newsletter tips (Crossroads) </li></ul>Education
  38. 38. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin / newsletter tips </li></ul><ul><li>Earthwise study (Bellevue) </li></ul>Education
  39. 39. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin / newsletter tips </li></ul><ul><li>Earthwise study </li></ul><ul><li>Deacon’s stewardship statement (Bellevue) </li></ul>Education
  40. 40. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin / newsletter tips </li></ul><ul><li>Earthwise study </li></ul><ul><li>Deacon’s stewardship statement </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials: beekeeping, worm composting, native planting (Covenant, Sioux Center) </li></ul>Education
  41. 41. EDUCATION <ul><li>Fair Trade Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Sunday school class </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin / newsletter tips </li></ul><ul><li>Earthwise study </li></ul><ul><li>Deacon’s stewardship statement </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials: beekeeping, worm composting, native planting </li></ul><ul><li>Creation Care Camp (Covenant, Sioux Center) </li></ul>Education
  42. 42. ADVOCACY Advocacy
  43. 43. ADVOCACY <ul><li>“Step It Up 2007” (Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor) </li></ul>Advocacy
  44. 44. ADVOCACY <ul><li>“ Step It Up 2007” </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with the Mayor about wind energy (Covenant, Sioux Center) </li></ul>Advocacy
  45. 45. ADVOCACY <ul><li>“ Step It Up 2007” </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with the Mayor </li></ul><ul><li>County-wide Environmental Initiatives Committee participation (Covenant, Sioux Center) </li></ul>Advocacy
  46. 46. So get started! <ul><li>Complete the “How Green Is My Church?” worksheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Start a study group or teach a Sunday school class. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in our Lent Meditations and Actions (stay tuned!). </li></ul><ul><li>Begin at home! </li></ul>
  47. 47. Need help? www.justiceseekers.ning.com [email_address] www.crcjustice.org Share ideas and support one another on our social networking site. Get materials, ideas, and help from the Congregational Justice Mobilizer. Check out the resources at
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