Thursday, April 7, 2011

Holy Adventure - Day 26

Today’s meditation helps us think about our connection to the earth and all its creatures. It inspires us to think about how we relate to all that God created. At the Church Board Meeting in February, the Board gave its okay to go ahead and form a “Green Team” to take a look at First Christian Church’s use of resources. Are there areas we could do better?

For years, Bob Fitz and others have been changing out light fixtures and bulbs to be more energy efficient. Not too long ago, insulation was added to the attic and we purchased a more efficient boiler system. In the office, we have been trying to cut down on the amount of paper we use. We have asked that people think about different modes of communication that involves fewer resources. Yesterday, Vicki sent out the first email news update (not The Call newsletter). With electronic communication, we do not use paper or ink or a copy machine. We have been purchasing and using more environmentally friendly cleaning products as well. No doubt, the Green Team will come up with other ideas to be good stewards of the resources we have.

One other thing we have tried to do is to purchase organic, fair trade coffee and tea for use at church. We are part of the Disciples’ Coffee Project and buy our supplies from Equal Exchange. The farmers who grow the coffee we drink use sustainable farming practices, grow the crops organically, and receive a fair wage for their work.

Do you have ideas for ways we can help to connect and heal our relationship with our environment? Share them!

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