Environmental Ministry Team
The EMT serves as a forum for sharing and bringing environmental church policy and resource information to the notice of the congregation and the church’s leadership.
Given the overriding danger of climate change to Earth’s life support systems, our Christian religious tradition is called to take on a far more active role.
We must articulate a sense of the sacredness of God’s creation powerful enough to replace personal consumption as our highest right and entitlement. We need to consider first the rights of a thriving sustainable whole.
The church context can uniquely help us form the values we need to understand that our human share of Earth’s resouces, on which both we and all non-human life depend, are limited by the counterbalancing rights of other life forms. We do this by expanding the Golden Rule’s “love neighbor as self” concept to include everything on Earth.
Our congregation endorses the ideal of environmental stewardship as part of our Christian discipleship and pledges its ongoing commitment to the care of God’s creation.
For individual homeowners:
- energizect.org – information about Ct programs for home & business
For church policies and multiple links to useful websites:
- CTUCC.org/ministries/program information site – for UCC Connecticut information
- CTUCC Environmental Ministry Team — “Green Church”
- UCC.org – for UCC national policy and action
A few more suggested sites of interest:
- IREJN.org – climate stewardship
- 350.org – effect of carbon dioxide on atmosphere
- ResponsibleTechnology.org – for information about GMO’s
Other areas of interest:
- Divestment: – responsible investing with companies that don’t harm the environment
- Eco-economics – food production and consumption patterns generate green house gases affecting climate change
- Support locally grown food and Farmers’ Markets