For nearly 25 years, Earth Ministry has been the statewide leader in engaging the religious community in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Our Greening Congregations Program was the first in the country to help houses of worship implement sustainable practices, and our faithful advocacy program is on the cutting edge of empowering clergy and lay leaders to speak out on public policy issues. Through education, outreach, organizing, and training, Earth Ministry builds a powerful moral constituency of people of faith taking action for the health of our communities and the environment.
Mission Statement: Earth Ministry’s mission is to inspire and mobilize the religious community to play a leadership role in building a just and sustainable future.
Earth Ministry Programs
Earth Ministry prepares people of faith to be effective advocates for the environment. We lead advocacy days in the state capitol and train members to make their voices heard at public hearings, in meetings with elected officials, and through the media. Earth Ministry provides numerous opportunities in the state legislature and Congress for our members to put their faith into action on issues such as climate change, toxics and children’s health, coal export, and public lands, among many others.
Earth Ministry’s Greening Congregations certification program honors institutional creation care commitments. The first of its kind in the country, our flexible program supports houses of worship in envisioning, implementing, and celebrating the “greening” of various aspects of church life: worship, education, building & grounds, community engagement, and advocacy. Earth Ministry provides hands-on support through consultations with congregational green teams, leading adult education workshops, and bringing faith communities together to share success stories, challenges, and plans for the future.
Earth Ministry actively engages people from a variety of faith traditions on climate and energy issues through our Washington Interfaith Power & Light (WAIPL) project. WAIPL is part of the 14,000 congregation-strong Interfaith Power & Light national network, now active in 40 states across the country. We host interfaith workshops, worship services, trainings, and advocacy opportunities in partnership with a diversity of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and other faith communities across the state.
Through Earth Ministry, people of all faiths have found a life-giving voice in standing up for environmental protection. The religious community is an important constituency with a unique moral voice, and Earth Ministry is the statewide leader in empowering communities of faith to work together for the common good.
In addition to supporting our Greening Congregations, Earth Ministry works to ban toxic chemicals in children’s products, protect wildlife habitat and our public lands, and to promote clean energy for a stable climate and sustainable economy. As the only faith organization in the Environmental Priorities Coalition, Earth Ministry has joined with partners in environmental community to pass dozens of proactive environmental bills in the state legislature over the last 10 years. In 2011, Earth Ministry played a lead role in the successful campaign to phase out the TransAlta coal plant.
Now, interfaith leaders are creating history by refusing to ship toxic coal across the Pacific. As the leading faith voice in the Power Past Coal Campaign, Earth Ministry was a key partner in the stunning success of gathering over 370,000 comments opposed to coal export, and ensured that climate change will be part of the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed coal ports.
We have a choice, to protect either the profits of coal and oil companies or to make a healthy home for our families and future generations. Earth Ministry affirms that people of all faith traditions can work together with scientists and policy makers to protect our communities and ecosystems. Earth Ministry reaches untapped constituencies, educates and empowers faithful citizens, and raises a moral and spiritual voice with authenticity in local congregations and the halls of power.