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Episcopal Earth Keepers

The mission of the Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle is to educate and involve our communities in keeping the earth healthy for all. We hope to link you and your faith community with resources to inform and support your Earth Keeping work. An enormous number of resources are available, so we list only a few resources, programs, and organizations we have found helpful or have a connection with.

Events & Resources

Earth Day and Earth Action Week Activities and Resources

Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Cleanups (Not in Minneapolis? Check in your own community.) Saturday, April 22, 2017 (9:30 am-noon)  Come out as individuals, families, or other groups and help clean up Minneapolis parks!  Clean-ups held at many parks throughout the city - details and park locations

 

March with the Episcopal Earthkeepers!

Fill out this quick form and we'll get you connected with more info about where to find other folks in the MNIPL network, how to participate in art builds, and more!

March for Science: On Saturday April 22, 2017 (11am-2pm), a coalition of Minnesotans from all professions and all walks of life, various non-profits, labor unions, and religious groups are marching on the state capitol to show support of higher education and the discovery, access, and understanding of scientific information. We are working to protect and defend science funding, regulatory agencies, and evidence-based policy-making in recognition that science plays a vital role in the progress and sustainability of society. Join us!  March starts at Cathedral Hill Park at 11am -- Rally at Minnesota State Capitol at 12 noon.  RSVP and find all the details here.

 

People's Climate March

Sunday April 29th - People’s Climate March. MN Interfaith Power & Light, MN350, and many allies are organizing buses to go the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, DC. This is an opportunity to let the rest of the world how important climate issues are to you, an opportunity meet other like-minded people, and feel personally refreshed and rejuvenated. We need to show up in a big way and make a big impact. Find all the details here. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Additional Resources

Questions to get Children and Youth thinking and acting, from Cherie Boen. Click here for this resource.

Carbon Fast Tree Idea, from Katheryn Schneider

I made a tree from a branch, cut out paper leaves and had people write down things that they would do for the environment. While searching for this I recalled that this was called a Carbon Fast. It can be done with a calendar but I liked the tree idea because it was more visible. I had the tree set up during coffee hour so everyone could add leaves to the tree. I had ideas already written on the leaves and had blank ones. Katheryn Schneider [email protected]

 

Sermon Resources

Need ideas and inspiration for an Earth Day sermon? Interfaith Power and Light has a substantial collection of sermons to spark your thinking.

  • Text

  • Video

  • Also, please send us your favorite Earth Day Sermon, for our own local collection.

    • Send to [email protected]

 

Liturgical Resources

  • Honoring God in Creation: Standing Liturgical Commission texts approved at 2016 General Convention: find that resource here.

    • Contents:

    • How To Use These Materials

    • Propers for Honoring God in Creation

    • Prayers of the People Honoring God in Creation, Form 1

    • Prayers of the People Honoring God in Creation, Form 2

    • Prayers of the People Honoring God in Creation, Form 3 (on the theme of water)

    • A Confession of Sin against God’s Creation

    • A Litany for the Planet

    • A Rogation Day Procession and Liturgy

    • Prayers for Rogation Days: A Rite for the Blessing of a Garden

    • A Liturgy in Thanksgiving for Creation and in Honor of the Feast of St. Francis, with the Blessing of Animals

    • Additional Readings and Resources for St. Francis Day

 

 

 

Earthkeepers Leadership Circle
Paul Anton, Co-Chair
[email protected]
612-819-0437

Rev. Tom Harries, Co-Chair
[email protected]
952-297-5856

Katheryn Schneider
[email protected]
651-485-3856

Doug Mensing
[email protected]
612-202-2252

Dennis Thompson
d.l.thompson@comcast.net

 

Print & Web Resources

 

Organizations

  • Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light: Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle is part of MNIPL, hence you’re already on the site.

  • EnerChange: Energy audits and upgrade support for congregations served by Xcel Energy or Centerpoint Energy.

  • Interfaith Power and Light: The national organization of which MNIPL is a part.

  • Pachamama Alliance: a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.

  • There are many, many excellent faith-based and secular environmental organizations with which to partner as well.


The above are only a tiny part of the resources out there. The main thing is, take the next step, whether that’s calling a green team together, or subscribing to a community solar garden. God be with you, as you seek to protect and nurture Creation.