Lewinsville Presbyterian Church became a PC(USA) certified Earth Care Congregation in 2019. Earth Care Congregations commit to the Earth Care Pledge (see below), and every year seek to accomplish a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth. Earth Care Congregations work to make their church buildings, operations, worship services, education and outreach respectful of the glory of God’s creation. This concern for preserving and sustaining what our Creator has made is intended to go beyond church operations and extend into the homes and family lives of congregation members. The ECC program helps churches plan their continued earth care ministry and encourages greater support for this ministry from the whole congregation.
EARTH CARE MONTHLY MESSAGE
ECO-PALMS AT LEWINSVILLE
Lewinsville demonstrates its commitment to earth care and social justice by purchasing Eco-Palms for our Palm Sunday observances. What are they, and why is our choice important?
Approximately 300 million palm fronds are consumed annually in the United States alone. Most come from rainforests regions of Mexico and Central America. Conventional harvest-ing methods compensate low-paid workers for the number of palms they cut, not the quality, or the care they take in harvesting. This leads to overcutting, which damages the trees and threatens their long-term sustainability. Local communities profit little from the industry because the palms are transported by middlemen to other locations to be processed and packaged for export.
The Ecopalms project was begun in 2005 at the University of Minnesota to provide churches with environmentally friendly, “fair trade” palms. The Presbyterian Church (USA) was among the first denominations to team up with the Ecopalms project. Ecopalms partners with communities in Guatemala and Mexico where workers commit to tending palm forests using sustainable practices. Workers are paid a decent wage, and the sorting and processing of the palms occurs in the local communities. Because the palms need the shade of the rain forest to grow, supporting the efforts of these communities also protects the surrounding rain forest, which might otherwise be cleared for agricultural fields.
Our continued support of the communities affiliated with the Ecopalms project is more important than ever in this time of global economic hardship stemming from the pandemic. Thank you, Lewinsville!
EARTH CARE from the PULPIT
October 4, 2020: Sermon from the Climate in the Pulpit Sunday –
“The Groaning that Leads to New Creation” by Pastor Scott Ramsey and Pastor Jen Dunfee
Note: Sermon begins at 21:15
EARTH CARE PLEDGE
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
- Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
- In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
- Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
- Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.
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