Caring for Our Earth

A relationship with God’s creation and a ministry of caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a United Methodist.

Every week we include a Green Tip in Weekly Tidings and on our Church Authors page HERE encouraging our church family to consider ways of caring for our Earth.

The following is an excerpt from the Social Principles: The Natural World:

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.”

From Social Principles: The Natural World in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

Weekly Green Tip

Consider choosing a vintage dress.  New wedding dresses require the use of raw materials only to be worn for one day.  Vintage dresses can be less expensive, unique, and often still look new since it has usually only been worn once.  Another option is to rent a wedding gown.  Wedding gown rentals are cheaper, and
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Consider the planet When setting the menu to focus on plant-based options which use far fewer resources than animal-based foods. Ask your caterer to use locally sourced ingredients to lessen the transportation impact. The same applies to beer, wine, and liquor. Cape Cod has several local breweries and wineries including Cape Cod Beer, Naukabout Brewery
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Weekly Green Tip

Summer is wedding season, especially on beautiful Cape Cod.  The Green Tips for June will offer suggestions for creating more sustainable weddings. Weddings can be very expensive — from travel and food to flowers and party favors — the “big day” often comes at a big expense to wildlife and the environment. But it doesn’t
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The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy.” Speth went on to say that “to deal with those issues we need a spiritual & cultural transformation – & we scientists do not know how to do that.”  This thought-provoking quote is included in the Spring 2019 quarterly periodical Reflections, published by Dean Gregory E.
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Weekly Green Tip

 This stark finding is from the report released last week from the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.  40% of the known species of bugs face extinction including beetles, flies, moths, butterflies and bees, the result of habitat loss and pesticides.  While gardening this season we can be very judicious and possibly even
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Laura Ludwig from the Center for Coastal Studies reported that plastics found in plankton travels throughout the food chain.  These microplastics contain toxic substances used in their manufacturing. A 2018 study from the Food, Health & Environment Journal indicates the possible impact of this exposure in our food stream is inflammation, disruption of stomach bacteria,
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Weekly Green Tip

“Human convenience is a price the environment cannot afford.”  This quote is from Madhavi Venkatesan in an April 21st Cape Cod Times article titled the Pitfalls of Plastic.  In 2017 China stopped accepting our recyclables so companies in Massachusetts have been scrambling trying to find how to manage the enormous amount of plastic we discard.
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The Peace of Wild Things

In celebration of Earth Day, enjoy this Wendell Berry poem. The Peace of Wild Things When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests
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Connecting Faith and Science for a Healthy Planet and a Hopeful Future

The speakers are: Dr. Wayne Walker, Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center. Wayne is a forest ecologist and will talk about the role of trees in sequestering carbon, thereby keeping it from entering the atmosphere. Rev. Deborah Warner, Rector of the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole. Deborah has long recognized the challenges posed
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Weekly Green Tip

Bypass the resources that go into production, shipping, and purchasing–from making  plastic spray bottles to getting the product to your local supermarket–and save money. Your home can be cleaned with hot water, vinegar, and baking soda; add a few drops of essential oil for scent. Since you’re only making what you need, you cut waste,
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