Care for Creation and Environmental Stewardship
The Fifth Mark of Mission asks us: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
This Mark is lived out in the Episcopal Church in CT in a variety of ways, including through advocacy and practices of environmental stewardship at the local and parish level. At the Annual Convention of 2014 a resolution was passed urging the expansion of the Baptismal Covenant to include the following promise:
"Will you cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation?"
More information on that resolution may be found in the Annual Convention Folder of the File Repository.
If you are interested in hosting an educational event at your parish regarding Environmental Stewardship, speakers are available through our Speakers Bureau.
If your parish is interested in engaging in a program to improve your parish's stewardship of creation, you may apply for a grant from the Jack Spaeth Fund for the Stewardship of Creation. More info on the grants is here. Grant applications are in the Grants Folder in the File Repository.
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Common Good Gardens "is located behind Grace Church on Main Street, Old Saybrook and is tended by volunteers who grow and deliver the produce to the five Shoreline Soup Kitchen pantries each week. In addition, volunteers pick up day-old vegetables and fruit from six farm stands and also deliver that produce to the pantries."