It’s time to join the St. Michael’s Creation Care Team. We need a group of concerned people who are willing to work toward achieving the goal of carbon neutrality that is needed to save our planet.
The mission of the Creation Care Team will be two-fold. On one hand, the team will look at ways we can improve the carbon footprint of our facility. On the other, the team will provide information to help members of our community improve the climate resilience of their own homes. Working together, we can make a difference in the effort to save God’s creation.
At the General Convention in July 2022, the Episcopal Church adopted a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2030. Our diocese in Oregon followed suit at its own Convention last October. Even before that, in June 2022, Bishop Akiyama established a Creation Care Working Group for the Diocese.
“Our diocese has a Creation Care Working Group that has been charged with providing for us wisdom, guidance, scientific insight, and practical things we each can do to respond to climate change,” the bishop wrote in a recent edition of the Diocesan Digest. “My earnest desire for us is to joyfully engage in the everyday practices necessary to change the course of climate change.”
All of the churches in the Diocese will be able to turn to the Working Group for information and ideas for actions they can take toward the Net0 goal. Each individual church will be responsible for establishing its own priorities and doing its own work. Here at St. Michael’s we are forming a Creation Care Team to help us reach this goal. It will follow in the footsteps of the Green Team, whose hard work and dedication succeeded in obtaining the solar panels we now have on our roof.
We need people of all ages and backgrounds to help us gather information, formulate plans, and carry out the activities we need to accomplish in order to make substantive changes, both here at St. Michael’s and in our own homes.
If you would be interested in serving on the Creation Care Team, contact Cheryl Braginsky (email address in directory).