A lot of “just one persons” working together can accomplish mighty things.
Our Savior’s Covenant to Care for Creation
• 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
Don Schuld, chair
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.
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.
Care of Creation 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.
Recommended Books, Articles, Videos, Links
St Paul Area Synod Care of Creation Work Group Resources: Contains ELCA information, fact sheets, gardening tips, theological and worship resources as well as local and governmental information
Residential Solar Resources: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) information on residential solar
Windsource – Xcel Energy Resident Customers: a program that allows Xcel residential customers to obtain all or part of their energy from renewable sources
Home Energy Audit: Xcel Energy Customers: provides low-cost assessments your home energy efficiency and provides energy and cost saving recommendations
Energy Audits for Non-Profits – EnerChange: provides free energy audits for non-profit organizations and provides energy and cost savings options and resources
Recycling – Ramsey/Washington County Recycling and Energy: provides technical assistance and grants to businesses, non-profits, schools, multi-unit residential properties, and institutions in Ramsey and Washington counties to reduce waste and recycle better
Clean Cars Minnesota: Minnesota’s proposed rule to increase the number of electric vehicles offered by Minnesota auto dealers and raise emission standards on new vehicles
ST. CROIX 360: St. Croix 360 shares stories about the St. Croix River to inspire stewardship. Reporting from throughout the 7,700-square mile watershed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, topics range from dragonflies to floods, from fishing to oil pipelines.
Pollinator Friendly Alliance protects pollinators through habitat restoration, education programs, civic stewardship, pesticide reduction and advocacy.