Our Green Church Initiative

Over the years, our members have become more and more committed to our environment. From composting to driving hybrid cars, from building homes with geothermal energy systems to refusing plastic bags in the supermarket, everyone does what they can to preserve God’s creation in their own way.

As we move our church toward becoming an official Creation Justice Church with the United Church of Christ, our intention is to use this section of our website to share the information that we learn along the way. Some of it will be local while other resources may be more global.

We are in the process of discerning how we can best embody a commitment to care for God’s creation. There are five big reasons why every church should want to be a Creation Justice Church:

  1. It’s our first calling! In the opening pages of Genesis, we learn that the first job that God gives to us humans is to care for God’s creation (Genesis 2:15).
  2. It’s what Jesus would do! The apostle Paul spells out how Jesus sought to put right the broken covenantal relationship between God and all of creation (Romans 8:20-24).
  3. Clean air, clean water—those are good things! If there is something that should bring together Christians in a common cause, it is protecting the gifts of creation. Who doesn’t want clean air and water?
  4. It’s about justice! As Christians, we seek justice—to be in the right relationship with God, our neighbors, and all of creation. From racial inequities to the ongoing legacy of colonialism, creation justice is deeply intertwined with multiple matters of justice. The current climate crisis gives matters of justice utmost urgency.
  5. It’s in our DNA! The UCC’s Commission for Racial Justice was the central organization in the watershed events of the environmental justice movement. It is one of the most significant parts of our denominational heritage, and every UCC church has the opportunity to continue this powerful legacy.

The Creation Justice Churches program is not a prescribed list of things to do, but a process of discernment on how to best care for God’s creation. You can learn more about this program on the UCC website.

The Creation Justice Churches program is so badly needed at this particular time in history. The Church has a special role to play in helping save the earth and its creatures from degradation and even destruction. This program sets the tone, leads the way forward, and joins with others in this movement.

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