Caring for All Creation
Welcome to Earth Ministry
Earth Ministry is a non-profit organization committed to engaging the Christian community in environmental stewardship. We work in partnership with individuals and congregations to respond to this great moral challenge through education, individual and congregational lifestyle choices, and organizing for social change through environmental advocacy.
While Earth Ministry is rooted in the Christian tradition, we actively engage all religious communities on climate and energy issues through Washington Interfaith Power & Light. Our programs and resources are in use across the US and Canada and available to all.
- EarthShare Washington Earth Day Corporate Challenge
- In recognition of Earth Day 2014 EarthShare Washington is issuing a challenge to Washington companies; Together, in 16 days, raise $50,000 and volunteer 1,000 hours to benefit Washington environmental charities and make a REAL impact on our environment. Your participation in the Earth Day Challenge will benefit over 36 environmental nonprofits, including Earth Ministry/WAIPL, that work across a variety of environmental issues areas.
- 9 Days of Prayer: "And God Saw That It Was Good"
- In celebration of Earth Month, join with your neighbors in a 9 day journey of prayer, reflection, and mediation to acknowledge the beauty of local water, land, resources, and extraordinary people.
- Clean Greens Opens the G.R.E.A.N House Coffee & Cafe
- Seattle’s Clean Greens Farm & Market has launched an exciting new project in the heart of the Central District. The G.R.E.A.N. House Coffee & Café now offers Seattle residents a chance to enjoy organic produce prepared in mouth-watering dishes for breakfast and lunch.
- Carbon-Free Lenten Resources
- For those interested in centering themselves in disciplines of care for the Earth and increased attention to climate change, take part in a Carbon-Free Lent.
- Putting Faith into Action at the State Capitol
- Throughout the session, Earth Ministry/WAIPL members participated in multiple Capitol Drop-in Days, in which we spoke with legislators and their aides about our environmental priorities from a faith perspective.
- Department of Ecology says it will take a broad scope on Longview Coal Export Terminal
- The Washington Department of Ecology listened to the people and the more than 215,000 comments they received on the proposed Longview coal export facility
- Deepening connections in Eastern Washington
- Faith communities in the dry eastern half of Washington State have unique insights about preserving watersheds, agricultural lands, clean air, and safe chemicals. On recent trips, Earth Ministry/WAIPL staff have been warmly received in Richland, Walla Walla, Ritzville, and Pullman.
- Environmental Protection Agency Listening Sessions
- Earth Ministry/WAIPL members turned out to EPA listening sessions to solicit input on standards for reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.
- Record comments on proposed Longview coal export terminal
- More than 165,000 public comments have been submitted as part of the environmental review process for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, WA. Nearly 100 religious leaders were among the thousands who testified against coal export at five hearings. Thousands of people of faith submitted written comments opposing the Longview coal export terminal, citing health, environmental, and climate concerns. Together we are making our voices heard!
- Speaking up for children’s health
- Earth Ministry and the Washington State Nurses Association recently organized constituent meetings with US Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. These meetings brought together religious leaders and health professionals in support of strong federal legislation regarding toxic chemicals.
- Washington’s Catholic Bishops call for an "exhaustive and independent review" of proposed coal export terminals
- Earth Ministry/ WAIPL worked closely with the state diocese, supporting them in their discernment and research to come out with the statement.
- Religious leaders meet with Congressman Reichert
- A group of clergy and religious leaders met with US Representative Dave Reichert to discuss the spiritual value of wilderness for the faith community and express thanks for the Congressman’s longstanding dedication to public lands.
Earth Day Celebration: A Reception and Presentation with Best-Selling Author Vicki Robin
Apr 22, 2014
Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- An Earth Day reception and lecture with best-selling author Vicki Robin. Vicki Robin has been a leading voice in sustainable consumption for over two decades. Her books, "Your Money or Your Life" and "Blessing the Hands that Feed Us", help people understand consumption in the larger circle of their lives. This event is co-sponsored by Earth Ministry.
9 Days of Prayer Ceremony and Blessing
Apr 22, 2014
South Whidbey High School Commons - 5675 Maxwelton Rd, Langley
- Join the Greening Congregations of South Whidbey Island for an Earth Day Blessing to conclude 9 Days of Prayer for creation.
Yoram Bauman: “Climate, Carbon and Taxes: What's so funny about that?”
Apr 24, 2014
Yakima Valley Community College, Kendall Hall, S.16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902
- Yakima Valley Community College and Wesley UMC Green Team are cosponsoring Yoram Bauman, Comedian Environmental Economist. His presentation is titled "Climate, Carbon and Taxes: What's so funny about that?" Yoram Bauman makes a living as "the world's first and only stand-up economist", but he is also a PhD environmental economist who is part of the effort to bring a revenue-neutral carbon tax to Washington State.
Hands-on! Earth Day Event with North Olympic Salmon Coalition and the Broader Faith Community of E. Jefferson Co
Apr 26, 2014
Irondale Beach Park, 562 Moore St., Port Hadlock, WA 98339
- The Saturday after Earth Day, come roll up your sleeves and help care for creation in east Jefferson County! This all-ages event will include brief reflection times at the beginning and end of our work together. The focus of our work will be the removal of invasive and noxious plants in this rehabilitating ecosystem.
Climate Solutions in the Age of Consequences
Apr 27, 2014
Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- Imagine getting the advice of one of Seattle's most respected ECO Heroes! At the April 27 Adult Education Class you will be able to do just that as you listen to and talk with KC Golden, Senior Policy Advisor at Climate Solutions. KC will call on us to rise to the climate challenge by building healthy communities and sustainable prosperity.
Many Faiths, One World: An Interfaith Earth Day Gathering
Apr 30, 2014
Seattle University, Student Center 160
- Come hear speakers from five different traditions - an Orthodox rabbi, Muslim community leader, Episcopal priest, Zen Buddhist, and Swinomish tribal elder - on how faith puts us in touch with the natural world.
Salmon, Stewardship and Our Shared Survival: Swimming Sentinels of Human and Environmental Health
May 04, 2014
Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- Our Northwest identity is deeply shaped by salmon. The revered creature has long been central to our food, culture, economy and spirituality. Lynne Peeples, environmental health reporter at The Huffington Post, will highlight another significant role for salmon: living barometers of the state of our environment and our health. Salmon, it seems, have a lot to teach us about toxic chemicals, fossil fuels, social justice and earth stewardship.
Maxwell Denby Memorial Garden Work Party
May 24, 2014
Sound View Camp & Retreat Center, 8515 Key Peninsula Hwy S, Longbranch, WA 98351
- Maxwell Denby’s Memorial Garden needs your help. Please join church members in remembrance of Max at a work party on Saturday, May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend) to repair this damage. Sound View Camp welcomes all who can volunteer for an hour, a day, or the whole weekend. Donations of seedlings are also appreciated.