Beth Remmes & Mike McCord

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH 5:30 – 6:30 PM PT 

How to Create and Sustain an
Earth Care Congregation

 

Beth Remmes & Mike McCord

Unity Worldwide Ministry’s EarthCare team’s mission is to foster awareness of our spiritual oneness with the Earth and to promote active care of all creation. This is grounded in Unity’s teachings that we are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them. We are here to make the world a better place. For those who feel that their calling is connected to EarthCare, we will present ways in which you can help your place of worship, or even your school or office to become more sustainable. We will cover the seven steps which guide our EarthCare Program: Pray, Vision, Inspire, Learn, Act, Share, Renew.

 

 EarthCare Congregation Values & Practices

Pray: Example of Earth Care prayer
Vision: Example of vision statement or mission statement
Inspire: How Earthcare is woven into Sunday services and/or special ceremonies
Learn: Examples of educational activities within the church and within the community

Act:
1. Create an action plan
2. Example of an Energy Audit
3. Suggestions for energy conservation
4. How to establish a recycling program
5. Suggestions for minimizing waste in what we purchase and consume
6. Water conservation practices
7. Stewardship of a natural resource
8. Promote awareness of the interdependence of creation

Share: How to share EarthCare within local community

Renew: How to periodically renew, re-assess, and celebrate vision

 

TOOLS AND TAKE-AWAYS

• Example of Earth Care prayer
• Example of vision statement or mission statement
• How EarthCare is woven into Sunday services and/or special ceremonies
• Examples of educational activities within the church and within the community
• Sample action plan
• Example of an Energy Audit
• Suggestions for energy conservation
• How to establish a recycling program
• Suggestions for minimizing waste in what we purchase and consume
• Water conservation practices
• Ideas for stewardship of a natural resource
• How to share EarthCare within local community
• How to periodically renew, re-assess, and celebrate vision

 

BETH REMMES is leader of the EarthCare Ministry Team at Unity Atlanta. She is also member of Unity Worldwide Ministry EarthCare Team and on the Education Committee of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. In addition, she heads up the PTA Green Teams at the schools where her children attend. She teaches workshops on Sustainability, Awakening the Dreamer, and The Work that Reconnects.

MIKE MCCORD co-founded Unity’s EarthCare Program in 2008. He attends Unity Church of Overland Park, KS, was a chaplain and started its Green Team in 2004. He also author of One Step at a Time: Memoir of a Former Quadriplegic which demonstrates the power each person has to manifest his or her own destiny.

 

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