Here’s the “why.”
Runaway climate change, toxic waste, and resource depletion are threatening to unravel the web of life upon which we, and all God’s creatures, depend. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians in this diocese are rising up to proclaim God’s love for the Earth, which God pronounces “very good” (Genesis 1:31) and which the crucified and risen Christ gave his life to redeem.
Now is the time to experience afresh our reverence for the Earth, which reveals God’s glory, and to express our concern for our neighbors, here and worldwide, who are already affected by extreme weather events, rising seas, and conflicts over natural resources, such as water. Now is the time to proclaim our vision of a just, sustainable, and healthy world.
Thank you for everything you do to bear witness to God’s love for the whole Creation.
Our Resolution to “Live Lightly On God’s Good Earth”
Read the resolution passed unanimously at the 117th Diocesan Convention.
- Create a Green Team, beginning by naming one or more individuals to serve as liaison with our diocese’s Missioner for Creation Care in order to help the parish strengthen energy conservation and efficiency and encourage public advocacy around environmental issues;
- Undertake an energy audit for all parish buildings in order to reduce the parish’s carbon footprint, keeping in mind that grants are available from the Diocese to offset half the cost of the audit;
- Report back to the sponsors of this resolution before the 118th Diocesan Convention on steps taken and progress made on Steps #1 and #2. Congregations should report progress and accomplishments to the following members of the General Convention Deputation:In the Berkshire Corridor: John Cheek (firstname.lastname@example.org)In the Valley Corridor: Maggie Sweeney (email@example.com)In the Worcester Corridor: Mac Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Green Team” Resources
|Local & National Resources |
TEC Creation Care
Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light
Co-op Power/Rays the Valley
Sierra Club MA Chapter’s Peer Outreach Project
TEC Office of Government Relations
Center for EcoTechnology
| The Episcopal Church has been on the forefront of the movement to save God’s earth.|
An Opportunity For Which the Church was Born
How can faith communities address the climate crisis?
Trustees of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts Divest from Fossil Fuel Interests
The Episcopal Church Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Holdings
Anglican Theological Review — The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Ways to Connect
Margaret’s Creation Care Blog
Creation Care FB Group
Missioner for Creation Care
Our diocesan Missioner for Creation Care, the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, represents the diocese at environmental conferences and other gatherings so that the Church has a seat at the table for one of the most crucial issues of our time. Her mission is to mobilize a wave of religious activism within and beyond the diocese to protect and heal God’s Creation. Margaret also reports on climate action opportunities and builds ecumenical, interfaith and secular partnerships.
If you would like to invite her to preach, to lead a retreat, or to speak at your church, please contact her by email (mbj [at] revivingcreation.org) or phone (413/341-3566). Margaret invites you to visit her website, RevivingCreation.org, to sign up for her blog posts, and to join our growing network of faithful Christians in the diocese who want to work together to protect God’s Creation. If you would like to join the diocesan network, please send her an email, giving your name, email address, and church affiliation.
Are you getting Creation Care Network news each month?
Margaret would love to include you in her monthly, “Creation Care Network” e-news. Get a message from Margaret on the first of the month that includes opportunities to learn, pray, act and advocate for the earth.