CREATION CARE MINISTRY
The Episcopal Church’s Covenant for the Care of Creation is a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy, and life-giving conservation as individuals, congregations, ministries and dioceses. It is helpful to review this as our Creation Care Ministry moves forward using this covenant as our guide:
In Jesus, God so loved the whole world. We follow Jesus, so we love the world God loves. Concerned about the global climate emergency, drawing from a range of approaches for our diverse contexts, we commit to form and restore loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation.
LOVING FORMATION For God’s sake, we will grow our love for the Earth and all of life through preaching, teaching, storytelling, and prayer.
LIBERATING ADVOCACY For God’s sake, standing alongside marginalized, vulnerable peoples, we will advocate and act to repair Creation and seek the liberation and flourishing of all people.
LIFE-GIVING CONSERVATION For God’s sake, we will adopt practical ways of reducing our climate impact and living more humbly and gently on Earth as individuals, households, congregations, institutions, and dioceses.
To learn more about Immanuel’s Creation Care Ministry and Action Team, contact Denise Freeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! 2023 Clean Energy Tax Credits for Consumers (a benefit of the Inflation Reduction Act)
Click here to check out some of the items included in the new law.
Click here to read "The Climate Crisis: Here's How YOU Can Help"
Click here for information on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle
Click here for a comprehensive guide on planting native trees: why and how.
Click here for the latest information and FAQs on Immanuel’s solar project.
Click here for the list of native plants growing in Immanuel's garden.
January 22, 2023: Forum Hour on "Climate Resolutions"
The definition of the word “resolution" is “harmony." A climate resolution is one way you can help restore the planet, bringing God’s Creation to a more harmonious state.
What will your climate resolutions be for 2023?
Check out the slideshow below to see how some Immanuelites are caring for God’s Creation with their commitments made at the recent Forum Hour, complete with selfies!
Other commitments made, but no selfies taken:
* I will replace my gasoline-powered tools and yard equipment with ones using battery power.
* I will begin to compost my food waste.
* I will vote for elected officials who support clean energy.
* I will stop using single-use plastic water bottles in favor of reusable, refillable ones.
* I will learn by reading more about climate change.
CREATION CARE NEWS
July 20, 2023
On June 7, 2023, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill passed our 1-Year Solar Anniversary, a year of public commitment to Creation Care and reducing our carbon emissions—letting our neighbors know we are true and faithful stewards of “this fragile earth, our island home” (from Eucharistic Prayer C – The Great Thanksgiving- The Book of Common Prayer). The bullets below highlight the key findings for Immanuel’s first complete year of solar generation.
Let us celebrate and cut our carbon emissions wherever and whenever we can!!!
-- Julie Bruns
July 21, 2021
Sacred Space - Memorial Garden
Our team continues to think about how to integrate sustainable practices into our planning and care for the grounds at our church. We are working with Chain Bridge Native Landscapes, a local company focused on integrating native plants and sustainable design, on several areas of our property that need new planting, especially to deal with rainwater management and erosion control.
The newly-planted area behind Zabriskie Chapel features Packera aurea (Golden ragwort), Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire), native ferns, and rushes, to name a few. A complete list of the garden plantings will soon be available. We hope these plants inspire parishioners and visitors alike to consider incorporating native plants for use in home gardens.
As we go through this landscaping process, we are also considering the other areas on our property, most especially the Memorial Garden, and we hope to contract with this company for further discussion and planning throughout the summer and fall. We have been blessed to have strong parishioner support over many years to care for the gardens and other spaces on the property, and we look forward to engaging many in the parish in projects on the grounds through 2021 and beyond.
May 20, 2021
Good Samaritan Collection Bin
New! The City of Alexandria is committed to recovering resources sustainably and has launched a Reuse Map and Directory. Reusing items is an effective way to save natural resources, protect the environment, and reduce costs.
Immanuel’s Good Samaritan collection bin for gently used clothing is now listed in the Alexandria Reuse Directory under “Donate or Drop Off.”
Our bin is located just off the Zabriskie parking area.
Our Trex Bench has arrived and was assembled and placed in the Memorial Garden by Shawn Whitman.
It is a powerful reminder that our parishioners and friends kept 500 pounds of plastic bags out of our local streams, rivers, and bellies of wildlife by donating the plastic bags and films to Immanuel’s Recycling Challenge. Our bench is the product responsibly created for us by Trex from our 500 pounds of plastic collected. And all of this was happening during the pandemic.
We invite you to go sit on the new bench and take some time to reflect on the past year. Thank you to all who participated in the Recycling Challenge and for caring for God’s Creation in this way.
--Submitted by Denise Freeland
January 21, 2021 Creation Care News