God, give us a reverence for the Earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
It’s finally spring, and Earth Day is April 22! It’s a good month to focus on the environment, and specifically on St. John’s Creation Care ministry. We only have one Earth, and we give glory to God and serve our siblings in Christ by honoring her. There are lots of actions you can take to make a difference!
|Adopt one new practice in your household|
- Consider your transportation choices, and replace some or all of your solo car trips with walking, rolling, or transit.
- Think about the waste that you create. Try to reduce it before it even comes in the door—fast fashion, convenience foods, and overpackaged products are some examples. Think twice before you throw something away – is it something someone else can use?
- Consider if greener alternatives could replace some of your household or personal products, such as household cleaners, disposable plastic food storage, disposable straws, disposable period products, or disposable diapers.
- Don’t remove yard waste from your property until temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees—we have insects and pollinators overwintering under leaves or inside stems.
- Pick a sunny area in your yard or a community garden to plant a pollinator seed mix that will nurture our bees, bugs, and butterflies.
|Connect with your community|
- Attend Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light’s “Sacred Ground: An Earth Day Celebration” virtual gathering at 12 noon on Thursday, April 22. More information and registration are here.
- Join with your family or friends to pick up trash in your neighborhood—or better yet, someone else’s neighborhood. The City of Saint Paul is holding a citywide spring cleanup on Saturday, April 24th from 9-11:30am. Learn more here.
|Serve with your church|
The Episcopal Church’s Covenant for the Care of Creation is a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy and life-giving conversation as individuals, congregations, ministries and dioceses. St. John’s Creation Care ministry is our parish’s commitment and work toward that covenant.
This parish ministry is passionate about the environment, and has set immediate goals for practical, systemic, and relational actions that coincide with the Church’s Creation Care Covenant goals of loving formation, liberating advocacy, and life-giving conservation:
- Practical Goal: Save 10% of our energy expenditure by implementing energy efficient updates by Earth Day 2022 in partnership with the building and property committee, based in the building’s March 2020 energy audit report.
- Systemic Goal: Address our active, passive and ongoing history with the Rondo neighborhood – learning and sharing history from St. John’s and the Hallie Q. Brown archives and 1:1 conversations with our community at Hallie Q. Brown.
- Relational Goal: Create and share weekly recipes coordinating with the seasonal food at our Farmers Market. Build community by asking families to share photos of their meals, and share education on local food benefits.
Please contact Johannah Frisby to get connected with Creation Care!
|Commit to social justice|
All of these ideas and opportunities are presented by Faith in Action’s newest ministry at St. John’s: Social Justice Everyday! Faith calls us to use our voice for others, and this ministry will serve as a conduit for ideas and actions encouraging St. John’s to stand among and collaborate with the marginalized.
We will work among you to amplify justice work in our existing ministries, strengthen our community connections beyond our doors, and connect you with tangible social justice opportunities. Whatever your ministry focus is, be it the environment, health, hunger, music, or facilities, there is a justice component tied to it.
If you are interested in contributing to this ministry, please connect with Dave Borton, Jamie Bents, or Jenny Koops.
God, guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.