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The Creation Care Ministry of Saint Mark’s Cathedral strives to faithfully address the crisis of climate change. As stewards of the life-giving goodness of God’s creation, we will work with the Saint Mark’s and broader world communities to educate ourselves and take action together to preserve our shared planet and sustain life for the generations to come.

The Vestry has adopted the goal for the entire Saint Mark’s campus and community to have a net zero carbon footprint by the year 2030. We encourage parishioners at Saint Mark’s to sign up with the Episcopal Church carbon tracker at www.sustainislandhome.org, a tool to help our community measure its collective carbon footprint and take action to reduce that footprint. Click here for more detailed instructions about how to use this resource.

The Creation Care ministry is also researching various carbon offset programs to which our community might contribute, in order to offset the portion of our carbon footprints that we cannot eliminate. One such program is a carbon offset cooperative mission with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines which uses donated funds for various reforestation projects.

We recognize our commitment as a unique opportunity and responsibility in our time to address the many social justice issues tied to the climate crisis. And through engaging in collective action that makes an effective impact, we will grow into the joy of transcending our fears and sense of powerlessness around the issue of climate change. Saint Mark’s is a member of Earth Ministry (earthministry.org) and Earth Day NW 2020 (earthdaynw2020.org) If you are interested in being a part of this work at Saint Mark’s, please contact ministry leader Marjorie Ringness.

The Creation Care Ministry team wants to hear from YOU! Everyone in the Saint Mark's community is invited to complete a brief survey to help guide our programming in 2021.

There are just eight simple questions—it should take less than five minutes to complete.

The deadline to submit is February 14, 2021. Thank you!

CLICK HERE for a list of resources and recommendations commended to you by the Creation Care ministry team (pdf).

Creation Care All-Parish Survey
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The Creation Care Ministry team wants to hear from YOU! Everyone is the Saint Mark’s community is invited to complete the brief survey below to help guide our programming in 2021. There are just eight simple questions—it should take less than five minutes to complete. The deadline to submit is … Read More

“A Life On Our Planet” Watch Party
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 5–7:15 P.M.  “A Life On Our Planet” Watch Party, Sponsored by 20s&30s and Creation Care ministry Celebrate a greener holiday season. Join the 20s30s and Creation Care for a watch party via Zoom to view and discuss David Attenborough’s documentary, “A Life On Our Planet.”  We’ll share … Read More

Cathedral Bees Update—Fall 2020
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We are happy to report that we continue to have two thriving hives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. We are especially grateful for the steady help and interest of Jaime Rubio. He has given our bees the extra daily attention they’ve needed this season. It’s been enjoyable to watch … Read More

Film Screening and Discussion: 2040
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020, 1-3 P.M. Film available upon registration 11/13-11/22 Now, more than ever, we need positive voices in the ecological crisis. Join people from around the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia to see director Damon Gameau’s “exercise in fact-based dreaming” titled 2040. The film takes a solutions-based approach to how we … Read More

Creation Care Interview: Dr. Lisa Graumlich
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Dr. Lisa Graumlich, in conversation with Seattle Service Corps member Kylee Krida Dr. Lisa Graumlich is an American paleoecologist who studies the interactions between the climate, ecosystems and humans. She studied Botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and earned a PhD in 1985 from Forest Resources at the University of … Read More

Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to “Drawdown” for People of Faith
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Free Zoom meeting. More information/register: https://drawdown4people-of-faith.eventbrite.com If you’re concerned about climate change, join others from around the Diocese for a virtual gathering to look into how you — and your congregation — can make a difference. We’ll hear from Drawdown Seattle’s founding director, Scott … Read More

Earth Ministry Presents: Salmon, Justice, & Community
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 6 P.M.–7:30 P.M. This program is presented by Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light, a Saint Mark’s partner organization with longstanding links to the cathedral. Salmon are a Northwest icon, a species of great cultural, ecological, and spiritual significance. Author Timothy Egan once defined the Northwest as … Read More

“Wonder in Creation”: Two Wednesday Forums
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TWO WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 16 & 23, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom Wonder in Creation: A Two-Week Series of Spiritual Practices in Creation How do you experience God in everyday life? How might your daily living itself be and become a spiritual practice? The Creation Care and Faith Formation ministries will jointly host a … Read More

A Season of Creation
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SEPTEMBER 1–OCTOBER 4, 2020 Saint Mark’s and the greater Episcopal Church joins Christian churches across the world in celebrating the Season of Creation September 1 – October 4. From the Season of Creation website: “The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing … Read More

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