The Episcopal Church has approved 44 Stewardship of Creation grants for local projects, including many great ideas that your parish or diocese could do too. Every Thursday, we feature one here!
Today’s spotlight is on the Diocese of Vermont’s Rock Point property. Rock Point is a 130-acre piece of land on Lake Champlain that includes the diocesan office, a boarding school, a camp, a conference center, and more. Rock Point will use its $10,000 grant for “the creation of a pollinator meadow for bees, birds and butterflies. The funds will help convert a field that houses Rock Point’s 35-tracker solar farm from weeds and invasive plants to a beautiful meadow full of native plants which attract pollinators of all kinds.”
According to a diocesan press release, Rock Point Board Member Jackie Arbuckle commented, “Rock Point continually promotes responsible stewardship of the land and cements its legacy as a welcoming sanctuary for plants, animals and people… In thinking about our vision for Rock Point, the early Celtic monasticism’s model for evangelism spoke to the Rock Point Board. Their monastic communities were not enclosures, but porous to the wider community. They set up sacred practices to be observed by all who entered their communities. Their intention was to introduce the faith through these practices.” Read more here: https://vtdigger.org/2017/07/09/rock-point-receive-pollinator-grant/
Congratulations on the grant, Rock Point, and thank you for your inspiring vision!