Trinity Presbyterian was recently certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Environmental Ministries. This honor speaks to the great commitment that Trinity has to caring for God’s earth.
To become an Earth Care Congregation, Trinity affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of its church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Trinity began in 2009 by implementing a building wide recycling program. When the church expanded, they hired LEED Architecture firm Jim Wilson & Associates to assist in increasing sustainability through the building structure and operations. Some of the initiatives the congregation implemented during 2011 include a community wide Creation Care Fair in conjunction with a Blessing of the Animals event, a congregational observance of environmental practices as part of Lent, the establishment of a Good Earth Community Garden, the purchase for use and sale of Fair Trade coffees and chocolates, and the planning, designing and fundraising for a Celebration Columbarium Garden.
The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.
“It is exciting that Trinity Presbyterian is dedicated to intentional care of, and action for, God’s earth. The congregation’s activities and commitment will inspire others to answer God’s call to care for the earth,” says Rebecca Barnes-Davies, Associate for Environmental Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries. The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.
For more information about Trinity Presbyterian Church’s earth care program contact Laurie Jay at Laurie@creativewastesolutions.com or 214.274.5592.
For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to www.pcusa.org/earth-care-congregations.