Environmental Ministry

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Genesis 1:1: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 24:1: The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world and all who dwell therein.

Psalm 104: An entire psalm about the majesty of creation!

Luke 10:37: And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

We are strongly motivated by these verses of Scripture—they speak to us, they inspire us.  Some of us come to this environmental ministry because of long-ago parental teachings and memories, others come because of urgent need, today. Some of us are mystics, waxing eloquent about the wonders of God’s creation, while others of us are intensely practical, pushing activism.

Newcomers are always welcome! We meet once a month to talk and plan.

We currently focus our activities on Energy (promoting conservation and clean generation on a personal and parish basis, forestalling climate change), Communication of all kinds of environmental issues to our parish, and Creation Appreciation, so that we would remain aware of the majesty of Creation, both as inspiration and as comfort.   — Letty Naigles

 Clean and Green Sunday

We hold two “Clean and Green” Sundays a year, one in the spring (May/June), and one in October, around St. Francis’ day. On these Sundays, many parishioners make the commitment to come to church in the most “energy-efficient” way they could, by walking, biking, or carpooling.

We bought a bike rack for bike parking.

To see what concrete steps you can take, look at Many Small Steps from the Ecology Action Alliance to see what incentives Connecticut has for renewable energy, go to the State Incentive Database, and click on the “CT” bubble.

Other Activities

  • We hold sales of “earth-friendly” goods, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs,  paper goods made from recycled paper products, and organic fair-trade coffee.
    To shop all year round, visit the Interfaith Power and Light Online Store.
  • We promote and attend Diocesan events, including a Connecticut River Eagle Watch Cruise and a canoe trip on the Farmington River.
    To see more about Diocesan and Inter-religious Environmental Events, visit the Episcopal Province 1 Energy Stewardship page and the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network.
  • We hold parish walks and hikes locally, on our Rails-to-Trails path and in our parks.
  • We hold parish field trips, such as going on a whale watch out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to the Heifer Project in Massachusetts, and on the Project Oceanology boat on the Sound, out of Avery Point.


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