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.

 

Current Activities

Sunday, Aug. 30, 6:30 pm | Sacred Circle for Our Climate / Relay for Our Water
We are participating in the Relay for Our Water, a statewide moving ceremony to celebrate, honor, and protect our water and our climate, especially from the threat of the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline. For our leg of the relay, we will be hosting the third iteration of our Sacred Circle for Our Climate at 6:30pm on Sunday, Aug. 30, serving as our gathering on the lawn that evening.
 
We hope that EVERYONE will participate in at least one way, and are offering a variety of ways to be involved, virtually or in person:
  • 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

 

Cathedral on Fire Discussion Series

We're holding a series engaging with Cathedral on Fire: A Church Handbook for the Climate Crisis, by Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Creation Justice. We will engage with one chapter each month from July 2020 to January 2021. Sessions will meet via Zoom the third Tuesday of each month, 6:45-7:45 pm. Watch for the Zoom link in the Weekly Epistle, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Church Gardens

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):

Theology and Worship

Creation Justice-oriented worship experiences, including Integrity of Creation Sundays and our Sacred Circle for Our Climate series.

Institutional Life and Practice

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.

Circles of Awareness and Advocacy

Our Food Ethics statement and additional resources we have used and recommend for learning about a variety of Creation Justice issues.

Connections to a Broader Movement

Information about our Active Hope book study (including a curriculum guide) and links to partner and affinity organizations.

 

 

Worship Times

Sunday Morning

To help prevent the spread
of the coronavirus,
we're worshiping online
for the time being.

We look forward
to returning to
our normal schedule,
and we're saving
a place for you!

Our regular schedule
10:30 am
Nursery and toddler care provided
Sunday School for children
11:30 Fair Trade Coffee Hour

Evensong Service 
with Folk Ensemble

Also suspended
for the time being. 
We look forward
to starting up again.

Our regular schedule
3rd Sundays @ 5:15 pm,
September through May.
Light refreshments follow.

Where to find us

900 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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