St. Paul's UCC | An Earthwise Congregation
We believe that our call to love our neighbors extends not only to all people, but also to all the beings of creation. We care for our sibling species and the land, water, and air that support us all, not only as responsible stewards, but also respecting their intrinsic worth. In recognition of these values, we have been designated as an Earthwise congregation by the Minnesota Council of the UCC since 2009, and during the summer of 2020 we are preparing an application for designation as a Creation Justice Church under a new national UCC program.
Some of our major Earthwise activities over the past decade include installing an array of solar panels on our roof; making improvements to our roof for water management and energy efficiency; installing rain gardens on our grounds; developing a food ethics statement and making more local and fair trade choices in the food served at events; and organizing many educational, faith formation, and worship activities, including a series of book studies around Active Hope that has infused new energy into our Earthwise pursuits throughout the congregation.
- Attend the Sacred Circle on Sunday evening
- Draw water-themed chalk art on the rain garden path on Sunday afternoon. Come when you can. We'll have chalk available, or bring your own.
- Take one or more suggested action to resist the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline
Building on an Eagle Scout project to overhaul one of our gardens last fall, volunteers from the congregation have been busy weeding, planting, and generally making our two rain gardens and other wildflower gardens beautiful. Check out our self-guided tour and learn more about our gardens!
Learn more about our activities in each of the four Creation Justice Church dimensions (each heading is clickable):
Creation Justice-oriented worship experiences, including Integrity of Creation Sundays and our Sacred Circle for Our Climate series.
Projects improving our relationship with the planet through our building and grounds and more information about Earthwise Committee activities and the development of our Creation Justice Church application.
Our Food Ethics statement and additional resources we have used and recommend for learning about a variety of Creation Justice issues.
Information about our Active Hope book study (including a curriculum guide) and links to partner and affinity organizations.