Environmental Stewardship Resolution
Green Congregation Program
Resolved, that the 152nd
Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota support congregations
seeking to reduce their carbon footprint by establishing a 'Green
Episcopal Congregations in Minnesota' program. This program gives
congregations resources to move toward more sustainable practices
in a variety of areas (buildings and grounds; worship; education,
community life; and outreach). These resources help congregations
affirm the sacredness of God's creation, spread hope about God's
reconciling work in creation and an understanding of environmental
stewardship and ecological justice; and be it further
Resolved, that the
152nd Convention of the Episcopal
Diocese of Minnesota direct the Environmental Stewardship Commission
to develop and coordinate the program for the Diocese including
working with congregations, and publicly recognizing the successes
by congregations; and that it report its work to the 153rd
and subsequent Diocesan Conventions.
Proposer: The Reverend Wanda Copeland/Minnesota
Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission
Congregations regularly seek resources to help them better care
for creation. Our members and associates earnestly desire to be
good stewards. But they are often overwhelmed with the number
of issues, the pile of good suggestions to implement, and how
to sift through the various claims of smaller 'carbon footprint'.
They want to have a good-faith process by which they can engage
this timely issue.
MEESC has been the organization that has been the
go-to organization within the Diocese regarding environmental
issues and concerns for the last fifteen years, and has generously
offered their substantial expertise to a variety of congregations.
They stand willing and able to administer this program.
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