A lot of “just one persons” working together can accomplish mighty things.

 

Our Savior’s Covenant to Care for Creation

As a congregation committed to care for creation, Our Savior’s:

• Affirms God’s creation in all its glory and beauty
• Acknowledges God as the source of all things
• Acknowledges Christ as the redeemer of all things
• Acknowledges the Spirit as the sustainer of all things
• Strives to respect all of life as sacred
• Accepts our vocation as Earth-keepers who care for creation
• Accepts our responsibility to live justly in relation to our fellow human beings in ways that all creatures may mutually thrive together

Download full text of Our Savior’s Covenant to Care for Creation


Church/Congregation Care of Creation Actions

Reducing Waste and Increasing Recycling at Our Savior’s

Thanks to a grant from the Washington-Ramsey County Biz-Recycling program, OSLC was able to purchase thermal coffee mugs and water bottles. These will replace the use of disposable coffee cups and single use water bottles.

The grant also funded new and improved recycle/trash containers and signage.

Additionally, we will discontinue the use of paper plates and plastic utensils. OSLC has ample metal silverware and china plates, bowls, mugs and tumbles to use for all occasions.

 


Actions YOU Can Take to Care for Creation

Recommended Links (including Plastic Free July)

Recommended Books, Articles, Videos

Tip: Reuse, Repair, Repurpose – Textile Wastes

Old clothes and other fabrics being discarded in landfills grew from about 6 million tons in 2000 to more than 11 million tons in 2017. Those numbers don’t include amounts that were recycled or burned for energy recovery. “Fast Fashion,” which is less-durable, fad clothing, drove much of this increase with cheap costs that encouraged a throw-away attitude.

You can help eliminate these piles of old clothes by buying well-made clothing in classic styles that you can REUSE for years and not discard at the end of the season. If clothing has been outgrown, it can be given to RESALE centers such as Goodwill and Salvation Army. When clothes become worn or torn, you can take needle and thread to them to REPAIR them for further use, even if that means relegating them to “work around home” status. (Which is just fine for Zoom meetings during the pandemic.) If the clothes are beyond repair, you can cut them up to REPURPOSE them as patchwork-quilt material, as material for home sewing projects, or as cleaning, painting, and car-repair rags.

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Care of Creation Team Members

Beth Klein
Mary Knuteson
Keith Lentz
Dale Newton
Greg Otsuka
Lara Otsuka
Don Schuld, chair
Lann Zimdars