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About the Creation Care Ministry

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. Why is measuring your carbon footprint is important? Listen to this excellent podcast about why our collective actions really do make a difference!

The Creation Care ministry has researched several carbon offset programs and suggests that parishioners donate to the Carbon Offset Fund here at St. Mark’s when making offset contributions. These funds will then be directly passed through to either the Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission | The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (ecww.org) or to COTAP.org.

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.

If you missed the recent forum titled Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Food, Faith and Climate, a complete video is available below. Click here to download a pdf of resources and references related to this event, and here for a list of recipes shared by panelists.


During Lent 2021, the Creation Care Ministry posted virtual prayer cards once a week to the cathedral's Instagram account. Check out the complete set here (click to enlarge):

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

Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Food, Faith and Climate
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UPDATE: a video of this event is now available here or below. Click here to download a pdf of resources and references related to this event., and here for a list of recipes shared by panelists.  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 7–8:30 p.m. (program) and 8:30–9 p.m. (optional after chat), via Zoom  How can our food choices reflect our deepest values and beliefs?  Join Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral for a virtual community discussion on food justice via Zoom. Sacred Ground will explore … Read More

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 February 14, 2021. Thank you! CREATION CARE SURVEY 2021 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”  —Psalm 24:1 Saint Mark’s Cathedral … 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 observations and eco-friendly ways to keep the season festive while thinking about how these actions can become practices that open us to deeper spiritual connections. Prior to the film, we’ll … 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 the hives flourish. We witness healthy behavior including the bees fanning their wings to regulate temperature in the hive. We continue to see lots of yellow pollen coming in. It … 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 can, using the technology we already have, mitigate the enormous global issues we currently face. The main themes/solutions looked at in the film are around: empowerment of women and girls; marine … 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 Washington. She is the inaugural dean of College of the Environment at the University of Washington.

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 Henson, about Project Drawdown—a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that together, could actually reverse global warming by 2050. Then, spend time in dialogue with others to identify the vital role … 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 “wherever the salmon can get to.” In the Northwest, our regional identity is steeped in mighty rivers and the fish therein, and the connections we share run deep. Join LeeAnne … 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 two-week series in September to explore how spiritual practices outside bring opportunities to encounter presence, connection and reflection. Each evening, a panel from Saint Mark’s will reflect on their own … Read More

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