THOUGHT Provide a contextual and practical frame (or reason) for addressing climate change for our diocese, which aligns with the commitments and programs of The Episcopal Church, and is unique to the environment and climate of our diocese.
WORD Describe how the work of this group will deepen, strengthen, and renew our capacity to live into Jesus’ commandments.
DEED Provide resources, methods, and approaches our faith communities can use to understand the effect of everyday choices and behaviors with respect to creation care. Interpret critically and realistically the ways individual actions might/can affect global efforts regarding climate change.
“The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.”
Creation Care Covenant
The Episcopal Church’s Covenant for the Care of Creation is a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy, and life-giving conservation. It is centered around the following topics:
LOVING FORMATION For God’s sake, we will grow our love for the Earth and all of life through preaching, teaching, storytelling, and prayer.
LIBERATING ADVOCACY For God’s sake, standing alongside marginalized, vulnerable peoples, we will advocate and act to repair Creation and seek the liberation and flourishing of all people.
LIFE-GIVING CONSERVATION For God’s sake, we will adopt practical ways of reducing our climate impact and living more humbly and gently on Earth as individuals, households, congregations, institutions, and dioceses.
Getting Started: Congregational Resources for Creation Care – A gathering of resources to help congregations get started on implementing a plan to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030.
Authorized Home Energy Assessors – A crucial step in moving towards carbon neutrality is gaining information. An energy assessment on the property is the tried and true way to accomplish this. This is a robust list of every home energy auditing resource operating in Western Oregon.
The Good News Gardens – A church-wide movement focused on food and creation care ministries – gardening, farming, beekeeping, composting, gleaning, feeding, food justice advocacy.
The Rev. Allan Miles, Deacon, Chair
The Rev. Lainie Allen
St. Matthew, Eugene
St. Michael & All Angels, Portland
St. Thomas, Eugene
St. Mary, Eugene
The Rev. Dawn Reynolds
St. Andrew, Florence
Graduate of Oregon Episcopal School
Richard “Dick” Zeller
St. Mary, Eugene