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 in respecting their intrinsic worth. In recognition of these values, we've been designated as a Creation Justice Church by the UCC, building on over a decade as an Earthwise congregation as designated by the Minnesota Conference . Our Creation Justice Covenant reflects our congregational commitment to working within our congregation and in broader communities to transform harm into healing.
Some of our major Earthwise-Creation Justice 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-Creation Justice pursuits throughout the congregation.
We held a series engaging with Cathedral on Fire: A Church Handbook for the Climate Crisis, by Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Creation Justice, engaging with one chapter each month from July 2020 to February 2021. Sessions met via Zoom.
Virtual Garden Tour
As we head through the shortest days of the year, we invite you to revisit a bit of sunshine and flowers with a virtual tour of our church gardens, a "Collage of Seasons."
Creation Justice Church
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.