Filed under: Art + Religion, Energy + Climate, Society + Media | Tags: church, creation care, Green Team, religion
I am an eldest daughter, a graduate student, a corporate employee…the list goes on. In the midst of my busy schedule I find myself wearing several different hats as I cross things off my list and prioritize my life. For my group’s project we had the faith group and did our field work at a local church that has assembled a very active “Green Team”. It was comprised of a very diverse group of people, from different backgrounds, careers, and neighborhoods. However, they all have two things in common, they are active members of their congregation and they care about the environment and climate change. The people that we interviewed wore many hats, but they all seemed to have a “green” feather in them. They shared ideas to reduce their carbon footprint that have been implemented in their homes or offices and proposed doing the same things at their church.
I think the most powerful thing about community is that each individual brings their own experiences and perspective and shares them with everyone else. When it comes to communities based on faith, there is an added element of passion that people bring to the table. When they feel that God is holding them responsible for taking care of His creation, they are much more inclined to take action than when the request is coming from the government or their boss. The conversation that is going on about climate change in politics and the business world often contains a lot of spinning for personal gain or financial reward. When it comes to taking actions about climate change because of faith based beliefs, there is a new level of purity in the conversation. Hopefully this purity will draw in a new group of people who might have been turned off to the issue of climate change in any other situation.
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