PC(USA)’s Earth Care Congregations work hard every year to increase awareness about how people of faith can preserve and support God’s creation. The following organizations are just a few faith-based groups that provide resources for ECC teams everywhere. Click the logo to visit each one of these websites.
PC(USA) and PARTNERS
Blessed Tomorrow: Presbyterian Church (USA) is committing to act on climate change by providing some new theological and pragmatic tools and resources to support congregations. To guide us in our efforts to be God’s faithful stewards, we are partnering with Blessed Tomorrow to shape new guides, tools, and messaging that will help us to reduce energy use, speak with friends, family and policy makers about climate change, and help sustain a livable world for future generations.
This Mission supports Earth Care ministry throughout PC(USA) and has its roots in the 1990 policy statement “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice,” which calls Presbyterians to engage in the tasks of restoring creation. The Earth Care pledge and Congregations program was launched in 2010 with A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Congregations. Additionally, PC(USA) General Assemblies have been speaking about related topics on environmental protections and justice since the 1960s, advocating on topics such as drinking water safety, acid rain, protecting endangered species, sustainable economic development, climate change, U.S. energy policy and environmental stewardship. Click here for a summary of PC(USA) environmental up to 2018, and click here for a look at ongoing environmental actions.
PC(USA) National Capital Presbytery Earth Care Network: Through its mission work, the National Capital Presbytery (NCP) has established The Earth Care Network, comprised of NPC congregations who share a strong interest in earth care. The Network promotes environmental stewardship, witness and outreach throughout the NCP and provides an interchange of ideas for earth care actions among its members. It administers the Power to Change Grant Program which awards matching funds to assist NCP congregations in taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, support and sustain native species and biodiversity, promote sustainable watershed protections, and educate or advocate for such actions. Lewinsville is an active participant.Presbyterians for Earth Care: PEC invites individuals and congregations to participate in the growing earth care movement within PC(USA). PEC is a national eco-justice network that cares for God’s creation by connecting, equipping, and inspiring Presbyterians to make creation care a central concern of the church.
OTHER FAITH ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS
Green Faith: GreenFaith inspires, educates, organizes, and mobilizes people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds globally for environmental action. Its work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. GreenFaith believe that protecting the Earth is a sacred act, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions: Here in Northern Virginia, FACS helps people of faith develop local solutions to the climate crisis. It empowers and unites neighbors of all faiths to achieve real climate solutions, right now. Sign up for monthly newsletter on FACS’ website.
Interfaith Power & Light (National): Interfaith Power & Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. IPL currently has six mobilization projects, each with its own website: Carbon Covenant, Cool Congregations, Cool Harvest, Paris Pledge, Faith Climate Action Week and The Regeneration Project.
Interfaith Power & Light (local DC-MD-VA): IPL-DMV works with hundreds of congregations of all faiths across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to the climate crisis. They are part of a network of IP&L groups across the country.
Virginia Interfaith Power & Light: VAIPL works with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy to empower all faith communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve sustainable living. They are people of faith collaborating to grow healthy communities and advance climate justice through education, advocacy, and worship.
Join Lewinsville’s Earth Care steering committee
and help create a sustainable future at Lewinsville.
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