Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

 
 
 

Upcoming Activities:

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We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.


Special Projects:

Each year we undertake special projects. For details, click here.


Resolutions:

Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds


Resolution on Creation Season

 

Environmental Stewardship Resolution

Note: The resolution, below was passed at the 144th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota (October 26-27, 2001). If you are using this or a version of this resolution for your diocese, synod, or other church organization, please let us know.

A Resolution on
The Spirituality of Food Production

WHEREAS we believe that feeding people is an honorable and socially just endeavor; that farming is a noble vocation that gives great pride to those involved in it; that farmers can feed the whole world with safe, healthy, and nutritious food; and, [Thoughts on this part of the Preamble] [More thoughts on this part of the Preamble]
WHEREAS we believe that we are all responsible to promote justice in our own lives, in our Communities, and the world; we do this for the sake of our neighbors, future generations and all of God's Creation; and that we are called to treat everyone with justice even our enemies; that we have a special responsibility to those over whom we have an economic, political or social relationship; and, [Thoughts on this part of the Preamble]
WHEREAS we believe that agriculture needs a just, free market system that works for all people; and that it is imperative to have wide distribution of land and resources; and, [Thoughts on this part of the Preamble]
WHEREAS we believe that we have the personal and political responsibility to work toward supporting young and beginning farmers' efforts to stay on the land; creating and maintaining sustainable communities for future generations; and the creation of a sustainable, safe, and self-reliant food system; and that all our actions have an effect on the common good of creation; that we must carefully and prayerfully consider the choices we make that either positively or negatively impact the use of farmland, tillage practices, natural resources, technology, animal husbandry, and marketing and labor practices; and,
WHEREAS we believe that in God, Creator of all that is, and Jesus Christ, our teacher, and the Holy Spirit, our Counselor, lie the source, the reason, and the support of all that is contained in our lives on our Earth Home;  [Thoughts on this part of the Preamble]
[Thoughts on the entire Preamble]
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota will continually provide its parishioners, clergy, and congregations with information and educational opportunities concerning the issues of food sources, biodiversity, genetic engineering, ownership and distribution of our food sources, and related issues concerning the health and well-being of ourselves and future generations; and, [Thoughts on this part of the resolution]
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota will advise elected and appointed state officials and other secular and religious bodies operating in the area of the Diocese of its concerns about food sources, biodiversity, genetic engineering, ownership and distribution of our food sources, and related issues concerning the health and well-being of ourselves and future generations; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota believes that consumers have a right to know the source and content of their food stuffs; and that the farming and processing practices used are healthy and sustainable for all of creation and the Diocese is committed to making this a reality; and,  [Thoughts on this part of the resolution]
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota will instruct its Trustees and other agents to vote their proxies on behalf of the Diocese in accordance with this resolution, and, [Thoughts on this part of the resolution]
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota submit and support these resolutions to the National Convention of the Episcopal Church in America in 2003.

[NOTE: This resolution was passed by Province VI of the Episcopal Church, USA, and, with modifications, passed at the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, July 27 through August 8, 2003.  Exact text here.]

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To other resolutions of the
Environmental Stewardship Commission
To the Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds
To the Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds


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