Earth Care

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Earth Care

Our Earth Care Covenant:

We, the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, United Church of Christ, proclaim our love for God’s Creation and profess our belief that the Earth and all its life forms are an interconnected part of the sacred Web of Life.

We therefore covenant together to join in the great work of healing, preservation and justice as we strive to reduce our individual and collective adverse impact on the environment and to repair the damage that has been done to God’s Earth. In worship and church life we will express our appreciation and give praise for the Earth and all its forms of life.

We make this covenant in the hope and faith that through our work we will be able to help improve and sustain the health of the land, air and water for the benefit of all current and future inhabitants of this Planet.

In 2008, The First Congregational Church of Sonoma adopted an Earth Care Covenant in which we convenant together to join the great work of healing, preservation and justice as we strive to reduce our individual and collective adverse impact on the environment and to repair the damage that has been done to God’s Earth. Our mission is to assist the church to live out this covenant, as well as raise consciousness about environmental issues within the church and the greater community. Minimum of Three committee members.

The Committee promotes the active involvement of the church in expressing its Christian concerns for environmental protection, preservation and justice. It helps to implement more sustainable living practices in the daily life of this church community, our personal lives and the world. Members serve a two year term.

Responsibilities include taking initiatives and providing guidance to:

  1. take action to minimize our church s environmental footprint;
  2. take individual action to live an Earth caring life style;
  3. support regional, national and global efforts to care for God’s earth; and
  4. proclaim our congregational commitment to sustainable life on earth.

When and where we meet:
Meet monthly, the first Tuesday of the month at 5pm in the Community Room.

Chair or contact person: John Donnelly, chair; members: Jan Edwards, Jackie Steuer, Cathy Webber, Tim Boeve, Kathy Jewell, Nancy Ladd, Virginia Bertelsen, Dick Ridenour, Bob and Elizabeth Griego.

Our Church Now A “UCC Creation Justice Church” 9/19/2017
The UCC has awarded our First Congregational Church of Sonoma the title of “Creation Justice Church.” With approval by the Church Council last June, the Earth Care Committee submitted our FCCS Creation Justice Church application to the UCC. Only 7 UCC churches in the country have received this recognition so far! www.ucc.org/creation_justice-churches

The UCC’s Creation Justice Program
The UCC’s Creation Justice Church Program encourages congregations to go “green” by introducing recycling, conducting energy audits, going solar, and installing water-saving landscapes, etc. Ultimately, however, the Creation Justice Church program calls on Christians to go beyond the walls of their church. It asks and assists congregations to expand their circle of awareness and advocacy to care for our neighbors, whether they are neighbors in our city, our Sonoma Valley, or neighbors in our interconnected, global world. At the same time, it realizes that reaching out requires reaching in. To do the work of creation justice, we need to be spiritually and theologically grounded, so that we can engage in effective, long-term ministry.

On the Meaning of “Creation” and “Justice”
The word “Creation Justice” captures an evolving current among faith traditions, as most recently articulated by Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “On Care for Our Common Home.” Specifically, this means that environmental consciousness and social justice as intimately intertwined. The word “creation” inherently evokes meanings that transcend artificial divides between “human” and “nature.” Genesis 9:15 reminds us that God’s covenant is not only with humans but with “every living creature.” So, while the word “creation” signals the totality of relationships with God, creation “justice” signals the movement toward “right relationships” among all of God’s Creation.

Our Earth Care Covenant Embodies Our Creation Justice Church Calling
Our FCCS Earth Care Covenant, adopted ten years ago, has inspired and guided us to now being recognized as a UCC Creation Justice Church. As members of this congregation we must continue to work to ensure the protection of the earth and all of its inhabitants from exploitation and to remediate the damage that has been done. This calling entails an understanding of the world which includes the built environment, culture, economic and political activity, and all of humanity as part of God’s creation.

Our Earth Care Covenant
(Adopted December, 2007)
We, the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, United Church of Christ, proclaim our love for God’s Creation and profess our belief that the Earth and all its life forms are an interconnected part of the sacred Web of Life.

We therefore covenant together to join in the great work of healing, preservation and justice as we strive to reduce our individual and collective adverse impact on the environment and to repair the damage that has been done to God’s Earth. In worship and church life we will express our appreciation and give praise for the Earth and all its forms of life.

We make this covenant in the hope and faith that through our work we will be able to help improve and sustain the health of the land, air and water for the benefit of all current and future inhabitants of this Planet.

Next Steps
We ask you to take a few minutes to look over our Creation Justice application. This will enable you to become familiar with the more than 2 dozen ways in which our congregation has lived into its calling and commitment to care for creation and climate justice. Go to www.sonomaucc.org/about-us/what-we-believe/earth-care/. Over the next few months, the Earth Care Committee will be providing additional information on our evolving programs and commitments, offering a multitude of ways to invite you to join with us in living out our Earth Care Covenant.

We welcome your participation in our Committee, your suggestions, and concerns.

The Earth Care Committee
John Donnelly, Chair

pdf imageFCC Creation Justice Church

FCC Application for UCC CreationJustice Church.pdf


ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WEED KILLER
1 gallon white vinegar
2 cups Epsom salts
1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) Dawn dish washing liquid
Mix all of the ingredients. Place into a spray bottle. Spray weeds thoroughly. Within a day they are drying up. I found it helpful to pour some of the vinegar out of the gallon jug (1 quart). Then just add 1/4 of the salts and Dawn to the smaller container, and 3/4 to the jug of vinegar.
NOTE: Mix ingredients and pour into a spray bottle or, if the area is large, use a plastic sprayer that is strapped to the back and pumped to spray (available in hardware stores).

NEWS FROM THE SONOMA GARBAGE NEWSLETTER:
Under spring cleaning tips they included:
List unwanted but usable items on sonomax, a materials exchange program that lists “available” and “wanted” items for free. This free online resource lets members search for used items they need or to post items to give away or sell. Sonoma County Waste Management Agency’s website is: http://www.recyclenow.org.
 

Local Resources

Central Disposal Site
500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma 565-7940

Computer Recycling Center
3227 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa 570-1600

Global Material Recovery Services
3899 Santa Rosa Ave.
Santa Rosa 586-6666

Redwood Empire Recycling
3400 Standish Ave.
Santa Rosa 586-8247

Sonoma Transfer Station
4376 Stage Gulch Rd.
Sonoma 996-6597

For a complete list of locations accepting electronics, visit www.recyclenow.org or call the Eco-Desk 707-565-3375.


Marching to Prevent Climate Change

Marching To Prevent Climate Change Led by Tim Boeve


Sara and John Donnelly joined some 8000 kindred spirits yesterday in the streets of Oakland marching to call on Gov. Brown to become a real climate leader and ban fracking in California. It was truly uplifting and reaffirming to be part of a mass movement again!   There were so many wonderful, creative signs, as well as marchers of all ages and walks of life.  Here is a link to the Press Democrat article in today’s paper, (http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3498840-181/thousands-march-in-oakland-against) plus a few photos.

photo of John and Sara Donnelly

John and Sara Donnelly

No on Fracking

No On Fracking Rally

No on Fracking rally

No On Fracking Rally


May Boeve’s, Executive Director of 350.orginterview on MSNBC speaking about fossil fuels, oil train shipments, divestment, and take action strategies.


MOVIES AND TED TALKS THAT EMPOWER

COWSPIRACY:
How do bovines affect our planet? Check out Cowspiracy. “Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.”

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Cowspiracy

FORKS OVER KNIVES:
Forks Over Knives empowers people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition. Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

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Forks Over Knives

TED TALKS:

  1. How we can make crops survive without water.
  2. The four fish we’re overeating – and what to eat instead.
  3. How to keep rivers and streams flowing.
  4. Leather and meat without killing animals.
  5. Why bees are disappearing.
  6. A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA.
  7. How we can eat our landscapes.
  8. A garden in my apartment.
  9. Ending hunger now.
  10. Teach every child about food.
  11. Ecology from the air.
  12. How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business.
  13. 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought.
  14. The coolest animal you know nothing about…and how we can save it.
  15. How we’re growing baby corals to rebuild reefs.
  16. A visual history of inequality in industrial America.
  17. How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art.
  18. What can save the rainforest? Your used cell phone.
  19. Let’s save the last pristine continent.
  20. The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest.
  21. The emergent patterns of climate change.
  22. How to air-condition outdoor spaces.
  23. The true cost of oil.
  24. Fusion is energy’s future.
  25. How do you save a shark you know nothing about?