Workshop at Diocesan Convention 2015
November is the time for Diocesan Convention, but it is also time to count the many blessings we who live in the beautiful Northwest share. So it seems only right that our workshop at Convention (Friday, Nov. 13, 2-3pm) focuses on Caring for Our Common Home, the fragile island earth on which we all depend.
The human family and all of creation share one “fragile island home.” Challenged by actions at General Convention and by Pope Francis to take responsibility for its care, how do we, as individuals and as churches, start? Learn what others are doing and discuss actions you can take: Green Grants, sustainable meals at home and at church, solar panels, creation liturgies, recycle Sundays. Work with others to start drafting a plan to take better care of our common home.
You can access the resources for this workshop here:
- Presentation Slides: Caring for Our Common Home
- BCE: Some Resources for Your Congregation
- Liturgical Materials for Honoring God in Creation
You can also access the latest update on Fossil Fuel Divestment. It reports on divestment actions since the 2014 Diocesan Convention including the resolution passed this year at General Convention. It called on the Investment Committee of the Executive Council, the Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, and the Episcopal Church Foundation to divest from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in clean renewable energy in a fiscally responsible manner.
The 2016 Green Grant application and stories from churches that received Green Grants in 2015 are posted here as well:
- 2016 Green Grant Application (click to download application)
- Green Grant Story – Grace, Bainbridge Island
- Green Grant Story – St. Paul’s, Bellingham
With gratitude for all you do,
Nancy McConnell, chair
Bishop’s Committee for the Environment