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Earth Stewards

The mission of the Earth Stewards is to foster awareness and deepen understanding of our lives as stewards of God’s creation, and to practice environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Goals

To support a commitment to having concern for Creation throughout the Diocese by:

  • Observing at least one creation-centered day such as Earth Day, Arbor Day, or St. Francis Day Taking consistent steps toward greening our buildings Promoting energy conservation in community and daily life

To encourage congregations to protect the earth by:

  • Avoiding the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers
  • Working toward eating locally

To encourage congregations to protect our water by:

  • Avoiding the use of harmful fertilizers
  • Not using purchased bottled water

To encourage congregations to protect our air and atmosphere by:

  • Measuring and reducing our carbon footprints in our church buildings, using compostable, recyclable, or reusable products wherever possible
  • Measuring and reducing our carbon footprints in parishioners’ homes, using compostable, recyclable, or reusable products wherever possible

To provide suitable liturgies, with the assistance as needed from the Earth Stewards Committee, to support these diocesan goals.


Is Your Parish a Fair Trade Church?

At its October, 2014 meeting, the St. James, Arlington Vestry voted to use only Fair Trade coffee, sugar, and tea at all parish functions. The statement from the Vestry read, “Buying fair trade helps us respect the dignity of human beings around the globe. It costs us a little more, but it ensures that more people will be able to enjoy God’s abundance. This coffee and sugar will be purchased by the parish and will be available in the kitchen for use whenever needed.” Inspired by the new N.R.S.V. Coffee Hour Cookbook from Earth Stewards, the parish reports they are continuing to talk about ways to rethink several aspects of how they “do” coffee hour. Is your parish a “fair trade church?” or rethinking coffee hour in other ways? Let us know!

NRSV Coffee Hour Cookbook

The Earth Stewards Committee is proud to present The N.R.S.V. (Nourishing, Renewable, Sustainable, Vivifying) Coffee Hour Cookbook!

View the Coffee Hour Cookbook.