The Episcopal Church has approved 44 Stewardship of Creation grants for local projects, many of which your parish or diocese could replicate. Every Thursday, we feature one here!
Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Issaquah, WA, received $10,000 to fund a “rain garden with a year-long theological educational program on water. Liturgical materials to be prepared for sharing with the wider church.” The rain garden is part of a bigger parking-lot project for Diocese of Olympia parish. In addition to filtering water with the new garden, they are also reducing concrete use by reusing materials from the old parking lot and only building curbs around planting beds, not the lot perimeter, which will allow more water to flow off the edges and into the ground.
Does your parish have a rain garden? What liturgical or theological education materials are you using to talk about our relationship with the rest of God’s creation? How do you lessen your environmental impact when engaging in new building projects?