Is your church interested in becoming more involved as stewards of God’s earth? The Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Office of Sustainable Living & Earth Care Concerns provides an opportunity to certify your congregation as an Earth Care Congregation.
Earth Care Congregations are congregations that have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Congregations earning 25 points in each of the four categories will be certified as Earth Care Congregations and receive various honors. Congregation members will also be invited to participate as individuals by completing similar actions in their homes.
In this webinar, Jessica Maudlin will introduce the Earth Care Congregation Certification, explain how churches are certified, and share examples of activities churches are already doing. Carol Dunn, an elder of an Earth Care Congregation, will share her experience of becoming certified. The webinar will highlight resources and ways the program is available to support interested churches. A time for discussion will follow the presentation.
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
Presenters: Jessica Maudlin and Carol Dunn
Jessica Maudlin serves as the Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns with the Presbyterian Hunger Program. She resources Presbyterians as they address issues of faith, lifestyle choices and sustainability. She manages the Earth Care Congregation and Hunger Action Advocate networks. Her background includes an emphasis on Liberation Theology and International Studies with time spent in Zambia, Mozambique, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Haiti.
Carol Dunn is an elder at Scottsburg Presbyterian Church in Indiana, where she helped start the Earth Care Team in 2017 and has led the team since that time. Other local environmental efforts include helping initiate and nurture a nonprofit, Great Scott Trees, and partnering to lead a school-based environmental education program called TreeKeepers. She is an active member of the Southern Indiana chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and, most recently, joined with 3 other Hoosier Presbyterians to form Presbyterian Climate Advocates, which created and implemented a Sunday School zoom program called Faith and the Climate Crisis, focusing on encouraging Presbyterians to reduce their personal and congregational carbon footprints and get involved with climate advocacy.