Churches for Environmental Action

How are we taking care of our environment—our planet?  Are we using our God given gifts to create food, drink and goods in ways that have a positive impact on our land, water, and air?

In January 2011 an ad hoc group of people from various churches got together to talk about how churches could be involved in environmental concerns.  Churches for Environmental Action (CEA) is a committee committed to finding ways to awaken ecological consciousness in our congregations and mobilize the churches.

We have had workshops: 

2011:

* What’s on Your Plate:  Speaker:  Nettie Wiebe; Panel:  Patrick Lapointe, Past Administrator at the Saskatoon Community Clinic; Cheryl Hand, Westside Clinic; and Mark Kilmer, Child Hunger & Education Program

2012:

* It Ain’t Easy Being Green:  Alternatives for Economics, Energy, & Environment.  Speakers:  Mark Aneilski and Mark Bigland-Pritchard

2013: 

*Practicing Our Faith as Caretakers of Creation.  Speakers:  Fr. Lawrence deMong, Jim Penna and Rev. Dr. Michael Poellet, Sr. Judy Schachtel, Gabe Penna

2014:

*We partnered with Prairie Centre for Ecumenism for their Spring Workshop:  Care of Earth, Care of the Church; Why is the Environment an Ecumental Issue?  Speakers:  Nettie Wiebe, and Janice & Shawn Sanford-Beck

*Focus Group:  U of S students 

*Making Your Case:  Environmental Action as Christian Action.  Speakers:  Bishop Don Bolen and Jim Harding. (See attached summary and questionaire)

2015:

*Praying for the Environment:  First Day of Spring to Earth Day

*October.  Topic TBA

Our challenge is to gather interested representatives from all churches to join together to proclaim the message to our congregations/parishes so that collectively we learn how to make our own church “environmental friendly” and educate and influence the wider community.

Thanks to the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism we have this page on their website to post information on what is happening.