Christ Episcopal Church
The Mother Church of The Dakotas
Dear Most Wonderful Creature (and child) of God
Below you will find a letter to you by our own Carol Smith. I (Father Jim) am so very excited about her efforts to help us all become better stewards of “the fragile earth, our island home.” (from The Holy Eucharist). Let’s all join her in this vital and verdant ministry.
Creation Care Organizing
While at the Diocese of South Dakota Convention this last weekend (September 26-27) I attended a workshop called Creation Care organized by Charles Berry, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookings. It turned out to be about involving churches in environmental stewardship. Last year, I read an article in the Diocesan Newsletter that the Bishop was encouraging churches to participate. The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is a “nationwide network within the Episcopal Church USA that includes all concerned Episcopalians who are helping our Church assume a leadership role in the worldwide environmental movement.” (http://www.eenonline.org/) It is helping the Church “advocate and articulate protection of the environment and preserving the sanctity of creation.” I learned that there is a fundamental difference between the greening of the church and the greening of the secular environmental movement. Religious principles tend to be about the wonder of Creation and moral obligations, whereas the secular emphasizes the science (Charles Berry handout).
I learned that the “Diocese passed a resolution at the 2007 Convention to follow the three-step process to educate, reflect, and act concerning Creation Care” (taking care of God’s creation), the earth. In 2014, a South Dakota Creation Care network was formed with five parishes that held Earth Day Sunday Events in April. St. Paul’s in Brookings has had a Natural Cathedral Committee for 10 years and has been recognized as a “Cool Congregation: by Interfaith Power and Light.” (Handout by Charles Berry) The other four churches are Emmanuel, Rapid City; Grace Church, Huron; Trinity Church, Pierre; and Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls.
These Churches are involving not only their parishioners, but their communities by heading up such events as litter clean-ups, planting trees, environmental education, recycling, energy conservation, and much more. They are also helping to make their own church environmentally “greener.”
If you are interested in participating in a Creation Care Committee for Christ Church (5 Cs ), please join me in the undercroft on Saturday, October 11th at 10:00 a.m. You can be a founding member to help organize the committee and events! To kick off the meeting, I will give a presentation on Creation Care and the history of the Episcopal Ecological Network. All are most welcome and thank you so very much.
Carol Smith, 661-5501, email@example.com
Christ Episcopal Church 517 Douglas Avenue Yankton, SD 57078 605.665.2456