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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).

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

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 helping out with the bees, contact the cathedral and we will put you in touch with Rob. Sundays & Beyond Update August 30, 2020 The bees and beekeepers have been … 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 which create the possibility of reversing the global climate crisis we face. Scott will lead two sessions focused on introducing “Project Drawdown” as well as facilitating the beginning of your … Read More

Partner Organizations
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Earth Day Northwest 2020 is a coalition of businesses, non-profits, faith communities, indigenous tribal leaders, and community groups from the Pacific Northwest who have come together to create meaningful change towards the goal of a more livable, equitable, and sustainable city, region, and planet. These effort are focused around the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020). On the EDNW2020 website, you can learn about local and regional initiatives, take the pledge to take action and empower change, and … Read More

Creation Care Resources
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Click here for an extensive list of books, articles, videos, and web resources assembled by the Saint Mark’s Creation Care ministry team. The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia’s Climate & Creation Care page contains a number of useful links, including a message from Bishop Greg Rickel. The Diocese of Olympia’s Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission is a joint project between our diocese and the Episcopal Diocese of the Southern Philippines. The Carbon Tracker is a tool offered by The Episcopal Church to … Read More

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