The Green Congregation Program (Summary)
Why should Christians care for creation?
- The environmental state of the world: climate change, ozone depletion, loss of bio-diversity, depletion of forests/ arable land, waste, population.
- All people, particularly the poor, people of color, and third world countries, are affected by these conditions.
- The biblical view that creation is good and the biblical mandate for humans to take responsibility to care for creation—all of earth community
- The theological understanding that God is present and active in the ongoing creation of the world.
What is the larger purpose of the Green Congregation Program?
- To contribute to the transformation of society so that humans live in harmony and justice with all life and preserve earth for future generations.
- The more immediate goal is the transformation of the congregation to be an intentional community celebrating and restoring creation.
What is the goal for the congregation?
- To revitalize the identity and the mission of the congregation by integrating care for creation as part of all the congregation is and does.
- To make a difference as individuals and as faith communities.
What is the function and role of a Green Team (or Earth Ministry Team)?
- A Green Team is a catalyst in the congregation for the transformation of the congregation to care for creation.
- A Green Team seeks to promote care for creation in every part of the life and mission of the congregation.
How does the Green Team work?
- Share concern for environmental justice, explain the program, invite dialogue about ideas and concerns.
- Approach the church council for authority to proceed
- Seek to make care for creation part of the task of all committees, activities, staff tasks, and decisions.
- Listen to concerns and be pro-active in fostering open communication
How does the Green Team make a plan of action and move ahead with some projects?
- Use the Five-Part program to set goals in each area (worship, education, building and grounds, lifestyle at home and work, and public ministry).
- Make a plan to implement each project. Identify the committee or group you think will be responsible for the project, and plan how to promote it.
- Seek ways to maintain each change for the long term.