Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

 
 
Shield of Episcopal Church

 

Activities of the
Commission
Environmental Stewardship Events

Activities of the Commission

The Environmental Stewardship Commission has been active in various areas within the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.  These activities include:

  • Holding quarterly meetings at various locations around the Diocese to cover topical areas within our Christian traditions.  We feel that the writing and traditions of our Christian faith are rich in seasonal and natural reflection.  It is our current times that overlook the call to the earth, our home, from every nook and cranny of our historical spiritual practice.
  • Hosting the April 1999 Clergy Conference of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.  For clergy who did not attend and others interested, we have gathered some impressions of the conference for you to read, study and inwardly digest.
  • Presented Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori with a MEESC T-Shirt
  • Bibliographies: We have put together some reading lists, including:
  • Preparing resolutions:
  • concerning church buildings, activies and the environment, which was presented at the 2000 Convention of the Diocese of Minnesota This resolution was passed 2000-10-28 and we have created a series of instructive esays on how to implement the various parts of this resolution.
    concerning the spirituality of food production which was presented at the 2001 Convention of the Diocese of Minnesota This resolution was passed 2001-10-27 and a version of it passed at the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in August 2003. We have created a series of instructive essays on implementing this resolution in dioceses and congregations.
    concerning establishment of a creation season in the Diocese of Minnesota which was presented at the 2005 Convention of the Diocese of Minnesota This resolution, with modifications, was passed 2005-10-28. Implemention of this resolution is found on this website.
  • Conducting several Environmental Camps:
  • 2000 as part of the Summer series at Cass Lake Episcopal Camp
    2001 a Children's Day Camp based on environmental themes (August 6-9, 2001)
    2002 a Children's Day Camp based on environmental themes (August 20-22, 2002)
    2003 a Children's Day Camp based on environmental themes (August 12-14, 2003)
    2004 a Children's Environmental Camp (with overnight) based on environmental themes (July 30-31, 2004)
    2004 as part of a two-week Environmental Camp at Camp Lawton Episcopal Camp (July 18-31, 2004)
  • Putting together Special Forms of Worship highlighting Environmental and Creation Themes
  • Preparing environmental reflections on the lectionary readings
  • Preparing a concordance by scripture verse of all our environmental reflections
  • Augmenting our 2001 Autumnal Equinox Meeting with a canoe trip and discussion of A New Creation Story with the Rev Dr. Paul Nancarrow
  • Were featured in an Article in Duluth Budgeteer News in November 2001
  • Providing electronic support to Episcopalian participants in the 2001 Environmental Spirituality Conference, the Episcopal Ecological Network, and Region 2 of the Diocese of Minnesota
  • Participated in the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, August 2003.
  • Were featured in an Article in Episcopal Life in July 2004 concerning the Bread of Life Program.
  • Participated in Press Conference with the Alaska Coalition, US PIRG, and Republican Environmentalists to urge Minnesota Senator Coleman and Representative Kennedy to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Took over operations with St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Ely, MN, of the Mary Brown Environmental Center as a retreat and conference center located on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
  • Since 2006 conducted annually an average of five environmental retreats at the Mary Brown Environmental Center.
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Environmental Stewardship Events

Our stewardship of God's creation and the window into God's kingdom that sacred places provide for us are important. The links listed below will lead you to upcoming environmental stewardship and awareness events . We urge you to attend these events when and where you can.

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