St. Margaret’s has formed its own "Green Team" to work on how we might better merge our spiritual and church life with the essence of environmental stewardship. This group has been discussing ideas for ways we can be more sensitive and in tune with nature as part of our spiritual growth, our campus and grounds and our work in the community. We live in a beautiful area with access to incredible natural resources but also threats to their health. How can we make a difference? Come and join us!
As stewards of creation, St. Margaret’s will strive to learn about nature, manage our land and resources wisely, live in a way that sustains our environment, and actively offer our gifts in care of the earth to our community.
The Cornerstones of Our Environmental Mission
St. Margaret's will express a deeper appreciation of the sanctity of the Earth and the Chesapeake Bay and better reflect this in our worship, our formation, our grounds and facilities and our personal stewardship and action.
1. Spiritual and Personal Formation
Our objective is to integrate celebration of God’s Creation and spiritual exploration of environmental responsibility and ethics in our worship life and formation programs.
o Create opportunities for education on environmental issues, understanding nature and appreciating creation and our role in stewardship.
o Develop topics and guest speakers for Sunday Forums and other events
o Identify and organize field trips
o Communicate through e-newsletter to highlight opportunities in the community
o Work with Clergy to design themed liturgies and worship services.
2. Green Facilities
Our objective is to make church facilities healthy and environmentally friendly places by demonstrating sustainable building practices, modeling energy efficiency, reducing waste and increasing recycling, using green maintenance practices, and pursuing ethical purchasing policies for our congregation.
o Pursue sustainability as a part of new construction projects
o Prepare a plan to increase and expand recycling at the Church and Day school
o Implement waste reduction and recycling guidance for events hosted on campus
o Assess energy use of buildings; evaluate & implement energy conservation measures
o Convert to clean energy electric supplier and explore group purchase options
o Evaluate chemical use on campus and transition to low toxicity chemicals and cleaning agents
3. Caring for the land (our piece of creation)
Our objective is to care for and improve the condition of our property so it is a place of natural beauty and demonstrates measures that protect water quality, enhance habitat, and support Chesapeake Bay conservation.
o Identify natural sacred spaces that can support our spiritual practice
o Conduct a stormwater audit and develop a plan for green stormwater practices such as rain gardens and conservation landscaping on St. Margaret’s property
o Develop a landscape plan that increases forest canopy, conservation landscaping, and reduces the need for mowing. Explore community garden opportunities.
o Plant trees
4. Stewardship and Action
Our objective is to inspire personal action by individual members of congregation that make a difference in environmental causes locally and globally and to make stewardship of the environment a part of parish activities.
o Participate in ecumenical activities related to environment
o Share information and opportunities with the St. Margaret’s community to participate in shaping state or local policy on the environment
o Be advocates for caring for creation
o Create opportunities for the congregation and youth to participate in watershed restoration projects in the community.
o Network with other churches and partner groups (master gardeners, NGOs)
For more information contact Al Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creator God, we praise you for the earth that sustains us with a life of abundance and beauty. Create in us a sense of wonder and delight in your gifts that we may receive them with gratitude. Give us the wisdom to care for our natural world with love and the grace to generously share it with all your creatures. Help us to be good stewards of creation. To the honor and glory of your holy name. Amen.