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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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“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

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 “wherever the salmon can get to.” In the Northwest, our regional identity is steeped in mighty rivers and the fish therein, and the connections we share run deep. Join LeeAnne … 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 two-week series in September to explore how spiritual practices outside bring opportunities to encounter presence, connection and reflection. Each evening, a panel from Saint Mark’s will reflect on their own … 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 together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.” Be inspired by watching Presiding Bishop … 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 from Saint Mark’s to watch the film for free. Visit https://interfaithpowerandlight.salsalabs.org/comehellorhighwaterfilm to register and indicate “Saint Mark’s Cathedral” under “congregation.” Also, note that the free webinar begins at 5 p.m. … Read More

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