White Memorial is Recertified as an Earth Care Congregation - PC(USA)
White Memorial Presbyterian Church was recertified as an Earth Care Congregation through February 2018 by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Environmental Ministries. Our original certification was issued in 2011. This honor speaks to the great commitment that we, as a church, have to caring for God’s earth.
To become an Earth Care Congregation, White Memorial affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of its church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.
The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries. The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.
For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to pcusa.org/earth-care-congregations.
In 2009 WMPC’s Environmental Stewardship Committee began participating in the Presbyterian Coffee Project in an effort to help small farmers and their families worldwide. Products sold at WMPC are sold at cost in order to support the Coffee Project and to ensure that the farmers receive a fair price for their crops. Started in 2001, the Presbyterian Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Enough for Everyone Program to involve more Presbyterian communities and individuals in supporting small farmers around the world. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea and foods Presbyterians purchase through the Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the PC(USA)'s Small Farmer Fund. That fund amounted to $14,801.07 in 2014 alone.
Presbyterian Coffee Project products are available for purchase at all of WMPC’s Wednesday dinners.
Contact: Carol Gates for details or to place an order.
Environmental Stewardship Committee
In 1990 the Presbyterian Church declared restoring creation as a central concern of the church and recognized that incorporating restoration into its life and mission of every level is essential. At WMPC, the Environmental Stewardship Committee works to meet these responsibilities. As an Earth Care Congregation, we focus our efforts in four categories. Examples include:
Encourage sermons, hymns, and prayers to remind us “the earth is the Lord’s”
Put reminders to conserve on light switches, faucets, and paper towel dispensers, host guest speakers, write "Caring for Creation" thoughts for the newsletter, celebrate Earth Day
Provide recycling bins, promote energy conservation (lighting upgrades, programmable thermostats), monitor water and energy usage, facilitate “green” meals
We support the Presbyterian Coffee Project and sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate at many Wednesday evening meals.
We collect batteries and light bulbs for recycling in the hallway off The Connector.
We are constantly striving to make WMPC as sustainable as possible. To join in our commitment to the environment, please contact Joe Lemanski.