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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.


Carbon Emissions Reduction

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, or see the video of the training event here. 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.

For an update and more information about the Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission partnership between the Olympia Diocese and the Diocese of the Southern Philippines, view this short webinar here.


Environmental Justice

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 co-leaders Marjorie Ringness or Kathy Minsch.


PAST FORUMS

Winter Solstice Poetry Reading, hosted by Creation Care


Code Red for Humanity: Reflections on the IPCC Report 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change

Click here to download the slides from the presentation.

Click here to download a list of references and resources.


Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Food, Faith and Climate

Click here to download a list of references and resources.

Click here to download a collection of recipes.


Carbon Tracker Training

For help navigating the video, please refer to this video timeline, or click "view on youtube" and refer to the chapters in the video description.


Reflections

Parishioner and literature professor Doug Thorpe submits occasional reflection on the environment and current events:

The Intergenerational Hike to Twin Falls on September 12, 2021, featured an outdoor, Creation-focused prayer liturgy. Check out the Order of Service here.


Resources and Recommendations

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

Report from Glasgow - UPDATED

Community member Dr. Lisa Graumlich attended the COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference with the delegation of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. She recently presented about her experiences in an online forum, titled The COP26 Experience: Healthy Skepticism and Abiding Faith

Click here to read her letter from the first week of the conference, and here to read her article "Loss and Damage: Why these two words hold the key to a just transition in a warming world" on the Episcopal Church website.

Creation Care Newsletter

The Creation Care Ministry has just sent out the first issue of their new newsletter. It is full of events, reflections, recommendations, and interesting information. Read it here. Sign up to receive future issues using this form (select "Creation Care" from the list of options), or, if you already receive emails from the Saint Mark's, click the "update profile" link at the very bottom any cathedral mass email, and follow the instructions.

Need ideas for Christmas gifts? Check out these ten sustainable gift recommendations from Creation Care Ministry members for friends and family of all ages.


Joint Message for the Protection of Creation

On September 7, three of the world's top Christian leaders—Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby—issued a press release and joint statement warning of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Read the full statement here.

Ministry Meetings

Creation Care Ministry meetings have now been rescheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. Please join us for the next meeting on January 18, 2022. Please note that there is a new Zoom link for this meeting beginning in January. Email Marjorie Ringness for the new link.

Creation Care Meeting Minutes

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Winter Solstice Poetry Reading with Creation Care
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UPDATED WITH POEMS AND SLIDES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall Winter solstice brings the first day of winter and a return of more sunlight. Drawing from a selection of poems connected to light, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes. A slideshow of light-inspired photos from Saint Mark’s parishioners will also be shared. Download the poems from the event here (pdf). Download the slides from … Read More

The COP26 Experience: Heathy Skepticism and Abiding Faith—A Forum with Dr Lisa Graumlich
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO AND MATERIALS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 6:45–8:15 P.M, online only via Zoom For two weeks in November many of us sat on edge of chairs following updates from the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26), more commonly known as simply the climate summit. As it ended, many felt disappointed that our high hopes for an ambitious global plan of action were not fully realized. What happened? Where do we go from here? Please join us for a discussion … Read More

“We All Have the Potential to Be Activists”—A Reflection by Anna Xie
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Heather Sutkus, a youth in the community of Saint Mark’s and member of cathedral’s Creation Care Ministry, wanted to share this essay written by her friend and classmate Anna Xie. Heather writes, “I chose Anna’s article because I was struck by how her experience of childhood was dramatically different from my own. Whereas I grew up unaware of the toll my lifestyle had on the environment, Anna had to live with the consequences every day.” “We all have the potential … Read More

Convention on Climate Change Events
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COP26 KICK-OFF: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 10 A.M. PST, Register here COP26 WORSHIP SERVICE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8 A.M. PST, Register here COP26 CLOSING EVENT: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8 A.M. PST, Register here  UPDATE: The Episcopal Church’s Creation Care office has published a piece by Dr. Lisa Graumlich titled COP26 — What to watch for? What to pray for?.   Attend Virtual COP26 Public Events From October 31 through November 12, 2021, 120 political leaders will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for … Read More

19th Annual Community Multi-Faith Summit
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2 P.M. Faith—Science—Sacred Activism. Hear from leaders of various faiths, including First Peoples, Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian, as they share how their faith tradition calls them to act on climate change. And then join in the discussion with panelists about actions communities can take together to be part of hopeful solutions. This online-only event is co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s. Register here, or contact Marjorie Ringness or Libby Carr if you have questions. View the PDF flyer here.

2021 St. Francis Day Outdoor Liturgy with Blessing of the Animals
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021, 4:30 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth and front lawn On Saturday, October 2, Saint Mark’s will once again offer its beloved Saint Francis Day tradition. A few years ago this offering was moved from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon, and the outdoor celebration has a truly festive community atmosphere. Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and all creatures great and small are welcome! The event will again feature contributions from acclaimed Seattle musician James Falzone, and … Read More

Code Red For Humanity: Reflections on the IPCC Report 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE EVENT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7 P.M. via Zoom The recent IPCC report shows that heating from humans has caused irreparable damage to Earth that could worsen in the years to come. Come learn about causes, potential impacts and response options while reflecting how we may find hope in our collective efforts for change. Saint Mark’s parishioner and American Geophysical Union president-elect Lisa Graumlich will lead us in making sense of these findings and explore how … Read More

Autumnal Poetry Reading, hosted by Creation Care
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall Fall is upon us with leaves changing, crisper nights, and fruits for foraging. Drawing from a selection of autumnal poems, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes and connections. View a PDF of the poetry read at the event here.                      

Intergenerational Hike to Twin Falls
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UPDATE: Check out the Creation-themed liturgy shared at the event here, and some photos below:  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021,  2 –5:30 P.M. Let’s hike together! All ages are welcome on this 3 mile roundtrip hike to Twin Falls as we take time to connect, move and pray in nature after church. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 2 p.m. and finish by 5:30 p.m. Bring your water, snacks and appropriate gear – we recommend good hiking shoes, layers, sunscreen and … Read More

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