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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 leader Marjorie Ringness.

NEW: Creation Care Ministry meetings have now been rescheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings in 2021 will occur on, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 21.


NEW: 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.


REFLECT: Be sure to check out these thoughts from parishioner Doug Thorpe and consider how so many issues facing the world today are interrelated. Doug includes this from Tom Friedman - ‘Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, and one of the least equipped to handle what’s to come.’

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


If you missed the recent Carbon Tracker Training, a complete video is available below.


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).

Creation Care: Carbon Tracker Training
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UPDATE: A Complete video of the presentation is now available below. Written instructions are available here. For help navigating the video above, please refer to this video timeline, or click “view on youtube” and refer to the chapters in the video description. THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom Saint Mark’s Cathedral has the bold goal of achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by the year 2030 – both for its facilities and for its congregation. We have encouraged our members … Read More

Creation Care Connect: A Conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins in El Salvador
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MONDAY, MAY 24, 6 P.M., via Zoom   THE CREATION CARE MINISTRY & 20s/30s GROUP PRESENTS: Creation Care Connect: A Conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins in El Salvador All are welcome to join in a conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins, a cathedral community member who has been living and working in San Salvador since 2019. She will share her perspectives with a Creation Care focus from her view living in El Salvador. Join using this Zoom link. Check out this article about … Read More

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 Kylee Krida Lisa Graumlich is dean emeritus of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. She has devoted her career to studying the causes and impacts of climate change, with a special focus on using paleoecological records such as tree-rings to understand the magnitude of human impacts. She is passionate about science communication, and she speaks frequently on climate change impacts and adaptation. She has testified on long-term climate variability before … 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 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

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