PCC Green Justice Team
2017 Spring Environmental Justice Workshop – March 22-24 @ Hartman Center
See flyer for details.
Join the PCC Green Justice Team – Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of most months alternately meeting at 10am at the conference office or by ZOOM video and phone conferencing (no need to leave home.) See the PCC calendar for exact meeting dates and times.
YOUR CONGREGATION CAN BECOME A UCC CREATION JUSTICE CHURCH! This is a new national designation for UCC churches. It asks churches to covenant to take Six Steps for environmental justice and creation care in their locale; to raise their awareness of justice issues at home and around the world; and to choose actions to take. Check it out at www.ucc.org/creation_justice_churches
What Happens to a Fruit Tree That Is Never Visited by a Pollinator? It bears no fruit. Likewise, the fruitfulness of churches in the UCC depends upon pollinators – those means by which we share everything from theological wisdom and practical knowledge to spirit-filled passion and faith-inspired visions. For this reason, the name given to the UCC’s communication platform for creation justice is The Pollinator. Through a blog and an e-newsletter sent out every two weeks, The Pollinator serves as our means of sharing and connecting among a growing group of creation justice churches and advocates. Without the sacred ministry and buzz of pollinators, there is not likely to be a promised land flowing with milk and honey.
Sign up to receive The Pollinator e-newsletter at www.ucc.org/pollinator
From the UCC brochure entitled “ARE YOU A CREATION JUSTICE ADVOCATE”
Penn Central Conference has honored 21 of our PCC churches as Green Justice Congregations during the past four years:
- Christ, Elizabethtown
- Church of Apostles, Lancaster
- David’s Hebe
- Emmanuel, York
- Faith, Grantville
- Faith, State College
- Faith, York
- First UCC, Carlisle
- Hayshire, York.
- Heidelberg, York
- New Covenant, Williamsport
- Penbrook, Harrisburg
- Quentin UCC, Quentin
- St. John’s, Mifflinburg
- St Paul’s, Mechanicsburg
- St Paul, Shrewsbury
- St Paul’s (Stoverstown), Spring Grove
- St. Paul’s, Mechanicsburg
- St. Stephens, New Holland
- Trinity, Hallam
- Trinity, Palmyra
Thank you and congratulations to these congregations for their energy and enthusiasm for Creation Care. We now encourage you to check out the new UCC Creation Justice Program and let us know if your church is taking the OPPORTUNITY of working towards becoming a Creation Justice Church.
Penbrook UCC, Harrisburg’s Climate Heroes leaders, Becky Boone and Ruth Dunnewold, teach youth about composting and vermiculture.
UCC Environmental Ministries including links to
- Standing Rock
- Creation Justice Churches
- The Pollinator Blog by Rev. Brooks Berndt
- UCC Centers for Environmental Justice
- Carbon Neutral Resources for congregations
- Environmental Justice Issues and Resources
UCC Brochure: Responsible Use of Energy in the UCC: Resources for Lowering Our Planet’s Carbon Footprint” – use as a discussion guide for an adult or teen group, green team, council or property committee.
UCC GO Green Resources– include worship resources.
Cool Congregations– a carbon calculator for your church building and for members’ homes. Action steps to cut down on your congregation’s carbon footprint and save money.
Green Faith– an interfaith partnership for the environment with many web pages of action steps and curriculum for adults and youth.
New Covenant UCC, Williamsport’s single stream recycling and their “Journey House” behind the church which houses families transitioning from homelessness.
MORE POSSIBLE CONGREGATIONAL ACTIONS
Consider working towards making your congregation Carbon Neutral using the UCC Carbon Neutral Resources for Congregations.
Plant a community garden at your church and donate the fruits of your labor to area food banks. Herb Bomberger, a Penn State Master Gardener from St. Paul’s, Mechanicsburg, is willing to mentor churches as they plan a church / community garden. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a “Go Green Sunday” for your Association. York Association hosted a “Go Green Sundays”s in August 2015 and 2016 at York Association churches. Included were recycled art contest, secure, bonded paper shredder truck, pollinator display, native plant display, bee keeper display, staffed computers for completing carbon footprint calculations, solar cookers for making solar s’mores and crafts for all ages using recycled materials. For more information, contact Libby Loser at email@example.com.
The UCC Cornerstone Fund stands ready to help your congregation finance energy-efficient renovations or construction projects for your church through the EcoLoan Program. Download the Going Green Workshop Book.
General Synod 2015 on the Environment
Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Resolution was endorsed at the 2015 Penn Central Annual Meeting. This resolution was co-sponsored by six UCC Conferences and endorsed by three additional conferences including Penn Central. The resolution was strengthened and passed by a wide margin at the 2015 UCC General Synod. View the deliberation on the resolution at General Synod. (begins around the 1 hour, 38 minute mark)
Winona LaDuke, activist and environmentalist, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation as well as sustainable development, gave a keynote address at General Synod. She spoke compellingly on the issue of fossil fuels and renewables. View her speech. (begins around the 1 hour, 25 minute mark)
Emmanuel UCC, York covenant participants plant and stake native trees in the new wetlands at Nixon Park in York County.
General Synod 2013 Passed Three Environmental Resolutions
- Mountaintop Removal Resolution – http://uccfiles.com/pdf/gs29-4.pdf
- Carbon Neutral Church Buildings Resolution – http://uccfiles.com/pdf/gs29-2.pdf
- Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution – http://uccfiles.com/pdf/gs29-6.pdf
Global Faith Perspectives on the environment