Environmental Justice at Saint Mark's
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.
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.
Creation Care Newsletter
The Creation Care Ministry sends out a special newsletter every two months. It is full of events, reflections, recommendations, and interesting information. Read the July 2022 issue 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.
Parishioner and literature professor Doug Thorpe submits occasional reflection on the environment and current events:
- Moments in the Wilderness, June 27, 2022
- Easter Uprising, April 19, 2022
- Lenten Thoughts, February 24, 2022
- Epiphany reflections, January 6, 2022
- Autumn Musings, November 7, 2021
- Thoughts from Doug Thorpe, August 17, 2021
Resources and Recommendations
CLICK HERE for a list of resources and recommendations commended to you by the Creation Care ministry team.
The Buzz: Facts about Bees - resource for the Beekeeper Ministry Forum, May 29, 2022
Tools to Spread Climate Activism - a flyer distributed at Cathedral Day 2022
The Creation Care Ministry meets on the third Tuesday of each month, via Zoom. Email Marjorie Ringness for the link.
Please note there is no meeting in July. The meeting on August 16, 2022, will be an IN PERSON gathering. Watch this space for more details!
Creation Care Meeting Minutes
FIRST TUESDAYS, BEGINNING JUNE 7, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., online via Zoom
Looking for practical ways to reduce your impact on the environment? Saint Mark’s Creation Care Ministry is hosting Climate Conversations about everyday things in our lives. These monthly conversations will be held on environmentally-friendly Zoom on the first Tuesday evening of each month from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Here’s the schedule for the next few months.
- June 7: What you can do about Food (with Marc Aubertin & Richard Hartung) | UPDATE: The first Climate Conversation was not recorded, but the slides from the presentation may be seen here.
- July 5: What you can do about Energy (with Richard Wesley & Richard Hartung)
- August 2: What you can do about Water
- September 5: What you can do on the Carbon Tracker
- October 4: What you can do about Transportation
- November 1: TBA
- December 6: TBA
Register to participate using this link. You can be part of any or all of these conversations with the same Zoom link each month.
A Creation Care Message from Dean Thomason
Report from Glasgow: The COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference
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.
- Watch the video recording posted here
- View the slides
- See the creation-focused prayers presented at the forum
- See photos from Glasgow
- Read Dr. Graumlich's summary document
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's Creation Care page.
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.