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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.


Autumnal Poetry Reading, hosted by Creation Care

Click here to view a PDF of poetry read at the event.

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.

Report from Glasgow

Community member Dr. Lisa Graumlich is attending the COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference with the delegation of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

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.

Please join Dr. Graumlich for an online-only forum about her experiences on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 6:45-8:15 P.M., via Zoom., titled The COP26 Experience: Heathy Skepticism and Abiding Faith. Learn more here, and join using this Zoom link.

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.


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.

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):

NEW: Creation Care Ministry meetings have now been rescheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. Please note that there will be no meeting on December 21. Please join us for the next meeting on January 18, 2022.

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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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