Creation Care in the Episcopal Church
In the Episcopal Church, the desire to care for God’s Creation arises from a belief in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Church has named creation care as one of its principal values, encouraging creation care initiatives in the following ways:
Loving – Sharing stories of concern for the Earth and connecting others who care
Liberating – Standing with those most vulnerable to environmental degradation and climate change
Life-giving – Changing our habits and choices to live more simply, humbly, and gently on the Earth
To read more about the Episcopal Church’s vision for creation care, including a video message from the Presiding Bishop, click here.
Creation Care at Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral began implementing green initiatives a number of years ago by printing Sunday orders of worship and event programs on recycled paper and recycling plastic, paper, and aluminum cans in the church administrative offices. More recently, a creation care ministry, under the auspices of the Commission for Outreach, has been formed to align the Cathedral’s efforts to promote creation care work with those of the national church. The Creation Care Committee is presently examining ways to expand the Cathedral’s efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and to build relationships with community organizations advocating for sustainability practices. The committee began by having wooden receptacles built to collect Sunday orders of worship for recycling. These were placed inside the Nave by the doors to the east and west vestibules and the reception area. Parishioners and visitors are encouraged to take the announcements section home and to recycle the orders of worship. The committee is also testing the parish’s receptiveness to using mugs instead of paper cups at fellowship times after the Sunday Liturgies. The use of energy efficient lighting, HVAC units, and other sustainable building practices will be a focus of the committee as the Cathedral moves forward with capital improvements.
Community Partners and Resources
The following are links to organizations in the Nashville community engaged in sustainability practices and advocacy: