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More ideas and explicit details may be found in the Greening Congregations Handbook.  However, brief descriptions of areas of greening on the path to becoming a Greening Congregation are found below.

Worship & Liturgy  

Worship is the center of our lives as people grounded in a common faith.  Exploring worship as a means of communicating our values by celebrating and honoring creation provides opportunity to grow closer to our creator.

Creation care can be woven into many elements of worship, such as:

Education

As people of faith, we have a desire to grow in relationship with our creator educating ourselves, our children, and our neighbors. 

Within education programs, you can help others explore connections between their faith and God’s broader creation.  Work to add environmental stewardship into:

Building and Grounds

Growing in appreciation for the sacredness of God’s creation, we are led to be good stewards of our places of worship. Congregational buildings and grounds are great places to be examples of good stewards.  A few areas to start include:

Community Engagement

As a congregation begins to engage in stewardship, activities may go beyond the church walls and into the community.

Many activities in the church can be advertised to the greater community.  It helps the congregation gain more support and also brings congregational life to neighbors outside the church.  Events could include:

Denominational, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Partnerships

Once you have begun to foster creation awareness and care in your congregation, you may want to consider ways to impact broader religious structures.

As people of faith, we have many similarities and have greater strength when joined together.  Uniting with those outside our own congregation can include:

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Washington Interfaith Power & Light

IPL logo clearEarth Ministry’s Washington Interfaith Power & Light (WAIPL) project organizes an interfaith religious response to global warming. WAIPL is part of a national Interfaith Power & Light movement in 38 states.

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