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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.


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.


Reflections

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


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


Ministry Meetings

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!

Climate Conversations

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 7What 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 5What you can do about Energy (with Richard Wesley & Richard Hartung)
  • August 2What you can do about Water
  • September 5What you can do on the Carbon Tracker
  • October 4What 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


PAST FORUMS

Click the images for video and resources of past events:

Winter Solstice Poetry Reading


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

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.


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Intersectionality and Environmentalism: A Reflection by The Rev. Edie Weller
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The Intersection Between Environmentalism, Racism, and Privilege A Program at Town Hall Seattle on May 10, 2022 Reflections by The Rev. Edie Weller Leah Thomas, author of The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People and Planet (2022), recently spoke with Hannah Wilson, Farm Manager at Yes Farm, leader of the Black Famers Collective and co-chair of the Environmental Justice Commission of the City of Seattle, as part of a program offered by Town Hall Seattle. … Read More

“Moments in the Wilderness” by Doug Thorpe
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It’s an old game I’d often play with my students to jog them into writing, especially in Spring Quarter as we moved into May.  We all get a little restless indoors by this point in the academic year, sitting in a sterile classroom; we start to feel some warmth rising up from the earth and can imagine again a life beyond the rain and cold. So I’d ask: if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would … Read More

Eat! Play! Love! 2022: Water of Life
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS THREE WEDNESDAYS: JUNE 22, JULY 27, and AUGUST 24, 5 P.M.–8 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and throughout the cathedral grounds. Registration requested. Fee: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. UPDATE: On the Sunday following all three evenings (JUNE 26, JULY 31, and AUGUST 28) between the morning services at 10:10 a.m., participants in the Wednesday gathering will share some of what was presented and created at the event. Meet on the front patio. The gathering on … Read More

Climate Conversations
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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) | … Read More

Made in Faith: Forum on Clothing and Sustainability
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO AND SLIDES WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:45-8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only Join Creation Care for a special forum featuring parishioner Clara Berg, fashion historian and curator, and Richard Hartung, sustainable writer/blogger to discuss connections between clothing, the environment and our faith. We’ll share ways to buy less, choose well and make clothes last. UPDATE: The slides form this presentation may now be seen here. A video can be seen below:

Beekeeper Forum & Blessing of the Hives
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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:10–10:50 a.m., Bloedel Hall  The cathedral beekeepers will share about their ministry and the current state of the bees who live on the roof above Bloedel, and we’ll conclude with a blessing of the hives. Note: Doreen Tudor’s birthday celebration, previously announced for this time, will be rescheduled for a later date. See a video introduction to the beekeeping ministry from Fall 2020 below:

A Rogation Day Liturgy
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person only, outdoors on the cathedral grounds Rev. Stahlecker, Canon Rosario-Cruz, and Canon Barrie will lead this intergenerational, prayerful exploration of the tradition of Rogation days, an ancient practice, dating from the 5th century, of blessing and giving thanks for the earth which sustains us. The service begins with a blessing of Leffler House gardens, followed by a procession with stations, and concludes with the Great Litany (including the Supplication for use “in times … Read More

Group Viewing of “Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water” at SAM
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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 10 A.M. TO NOON, Seattle Art Museum Come explore the vast connections of water in the context of artwork at a new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. A group from Saint Mark’s is planning to attend on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. and then discuss the art afterward at SAM’s cafe, MARKET. Interested in meeting up? Email Wayne Duncan (duncan.sw@gmail.com) or Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com). This exhibit closes May 30, and It’s what SAM calls “an experiment in artistic … Read More

A Creation Care Message from Dean Thomason
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Dean Thomason has shared the following massage with the cathedral community:

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