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.
Ecological Awareness at the End of Life
This two-part virtual series will explore ways to approach the end of life honoring both human needs and the needs of the earth.
Monday November 16, 7:00-8:00 pm | Beginning with the End
This session will consider our relationship with death as it reflects on our relationship with ourselves, each other, and the planet.
Monday November 30, 7:00-8:00 pm | Living Green, Dying Green
This session will cover the practical aspects of green burials, including the history and current conventional style of disposition and types of green burials, green cremation, legal rights as a consumer, costs, and local resources.
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.