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 sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate at many Wednesday evening meals. Contact Carol Gates for more information.
We collect batteries and light bulbs for recycling in the hallway off The Connector.
We believe WMPC is called to approach this responsibility with covenant seriousness and practical awareness in our corporate life and in practices within individual households. The Environmental Stewardship Committee at WMPC must re-apply every year for the Earth Care Congregation qualification, listing our efforts and maintaining what has been done. We are constantly striving to make WMPC as sustainable as possible. To join in our commitment to the environment, please contact Joe Lemanski, Chairman
White Memorial is Recertified as an Earth Care Congregation - PC(USA)
White Memorial Presbyterian Church was recertified in November 2012 as an Earth Care Congregation 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.
“It is exciting that White Memorial Presbyterian Church is dedicated to stewardship of God’s earth. The congregation’s actions and commitment are an inspiration to people of faith who are answering God’s call to care for the earth,” says Rev. William Somplatsky-Jarman, Coordinator for Social Witness Ministries.
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 1990, the Presbyterian Church USA declared restoring creation as a central concern of the church. Incorporating restoration into its life and mission at every level is essential and is a continuing task to which we must give attention and commitment. There is an intensified urgency for people of faith to speak and act prophetically about the responsibility for protecting God’s creation, to seek environmental justice, to encourage conservation, and to promote environmental education. We are called to approach these responsibilities with covenant seriousness and practical awareness in our corporate and individual lives.