Progressing to becoming a "Green Congregation"
During the 2017 winter months, the church’s Care for Creation Team will continue to help implement several environment-friendly measures recently taken by our congregation – notably the use of Fair Trade coffee/tea and a more robust recycling policy. But our chief focus will be exploring and pursuing three additional steps qualifying us to become a United Church of Christ “green congregation.”
1. The Team is now planning a Sunday lunch/forum in May that will give Federated Church members a chance to learn about energy-saving and cost-reducing actions we can take in our own homes that help the environment. Chief among these are energy audits, LED lighting and solar-panel installation. At least six church members already have gone down this road and testify to the resulting advantages. Representatives of one or more of the companies doing this work will be present to explain the options and steps involved.
2. The Federated Church’s annual Lenten supper/study series this year will focus on a Care for Creation theme, running on Wednesdays, from March 8 to April 5. Spread through the five evenings will be a good mix of biblical reflection, poetry, music, film and discussion.
3. The Care for Creation Team is learning more about the newly established Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative. Headed by the CEO of the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies, the Collaborative is beginning to build a membership of Cape organizations (including religious bodies) that will work cooperatively to reduce their carbon output; educate the public, especially youth, about the importance of such reductions; and seek public policies that better address climate change. Is becoming part of this new effort something our church should do? The C4C team is eager to know the opinion of The Federated Church members – please let us know what you think!
Committee: Emily Boyle, Nina Kaars, Mary Lee Mantz, Larry Minear, Paul Minus (chair), Connie Newell, Sally Norris, Jean Souther, Jeff Talmadge, and Emily Whittemore