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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. See 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.

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


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

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

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

Come Hell or High Water: Climate Justice Webinar
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FILM: WATCH ANY TIME BETWEEN MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3–5 WEBINAR: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 5 P.M., via Zoom Please note that some information listed in this week’s Sundays & Beyond about this event was in error. A generous member of the Creation Care Ministry has made it possible for people … Read More

Cathedral Bees Updates—Summer 2020
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The cathedral building has two beehives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. Thanks to beekeeper Rob Reid, our bees are thriving! Scroll down to view pictures. Your prayers for the health of our hives are welcome. For more information about protecting pollinators, visit this link. If you are interested in … Read More

Climate Change Forum
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Climate Change Forum with Drawdown Seattle: MAY 4 & 11, 7–8:30 P.M., Via Zoom Led by his faith to be a steward of life on this planet, Scott Henson is the co-founder of Drawdown Seattle, a collection of concerned and engaged Seattle citizens who are interested in enacting proven solutions … Read More

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