The Environmental Commission of the Diocese of Oregon is a group of lay and clergy leaders of the diocese who focus on environmental issues from the perspective of a people of faith. The Commission’s mission is:
- To inspire the Diocese to celebrate the beauty, mystery, sacredness and generosity of God’s creation.
- To raise awareness both within and outside the Church on the urgency and importance of caring for the environment.
- To educate the members of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon about current environmental issues, and how those issues effect the continued livability of our region and our world.
- To emphasize models of ministry that incorporate protection, preservation, and sustainable use of God’s creation.
The commission offers courses and workshops on "simplicity as compassion," climate change, and how congregations can make a difference. We also offer resources that provide congregations with ideas in the areas of energy efficiency and climate change, clean and accessible water, simplicity, environmental justice, food issues, and environmental health, as well as how to develop a "green team". Liturgical materials are available for St. Francis Day, Earth Day, and Rogation Days. Materials are available as library resources, downloadable prayers, and liturgies on the website.
Resources available to observe and honor Earth Day April 22
Online resources, lesson plans for children, and bulletin inserts are among the items assembled by The Episcopal Church for understanding and honoring Earth Day, April 22 by congregations and individuals.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 for awareness, understanding and support of the environment. Since that time, it has been an annual event, celebrated worldwide on April 22.
Among the resources:
- A bulletin insert on Earth Day, ideal for congregational use, is located here.
- Creation Justice Ministries, centering on Care for God’s Creatures, is here and includes ideas for hosting an Earth Day Sunday.
- Earth Day Sunday with information about biodiversity and faith through Creation Justice Ministry’s #EarthDaySunday Resource is here.
- Earth our Garden Home: Creation Care Lessons for Children and Wild Faith: A Creation Care Curriculum for Youth a curricula ideal for summer and fall, are available here. Developed by Cynthia Coe of the Diocese of East Tennessee, an Episcopal Church Mark V fellow, the curricula are ideal for Sunday school and teen discussion groups.
- Learn about Environmental issues and the Anglican Communion through a video from Episcopal News Service here
- Receive information about The Episcopal Church’s environmental advocacy efforts through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) here
For more information, contact Jayce Hafner, Episcopal Church Domestic Policy Analyst.
- For calculating your carbon footprint, go to www.coolcongregations.com, or www.emoregon.org/earth_concerns.php
- For energy audits for church buildings or homes go to your local utility or to www.energytrust.org
- For courses on Simplicity, Food and Faith, or Money and Faith, go to www.earthministry.org
- To connect with the nationwide Episcopal Ecological Network go to www.eenonline.org
Telephone: (503) 841-8580