Care for Creation September 2016
Becoming a Green Congregation. At our September meeting, the church’s Care for Creation Team (C4C) adopted the United Church of Christ’s “green congregation” initiative as the main framework guiding our work. This means that each year (for the next three years) we shall concentrate on the Federated Church implementing at least 12 of the 18 suggested action targets, with each year’s targets being more demanding than previous ones.
All green congregations in the Massachusetts UCC Conference are recognized for their achievements at the annual Conference-wide gathering in June. The Federated Church of Orleans is the first UCC congregation on Cape Cod to start down the road to becoming a green congregation!
Here is a sampling of the dozen action targets embraced by our C4C Team:
- Conduct an energy audit of the church building (already done by the Cape Light Compact).
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs (being planned in concert with Trustees).
- Recycle as much as possible.
- Shift to Fair Trade, local and sustainably sourced products for coffee hour and events.
- Plan a Lenten Bible, book or small group study on climate change.
We are excited by the demands and rewards of becoming a green congregation – and we are eager for your thoughts and suggestions.
A C4C Green Tip: Snow Library Series on Climate Change. Four sessions on “Climate Change: Its Real and Present Dangers” will be offered at Snow Library, 67 Main Street, Orleans (508.240.3760). Wednesday afternoons, Oct 26 – Nov. 16, 2 – 3:30 pm.
10/26/16 - “Are Oceans Too Big to Fail?”
11/2/16 - “All Climate is Local: Understanding Climate Change on Cape Cod”
11/9/16 - “CO/2 by the Numbers”
11/16/16 - “Power generation, fuel choices and cost, energy storage”
All sessions will be taught by Cape-based experts, including Richard Delaney, CEO of Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, and Dr. Heather Goldstone, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.