Thursday, September 28, 2006

How Green are our churches?

And no, I am not channeling an interior designer and asking about paint colours.

Last weekend at presbytery the committee I chair led a presentation/discussion on Greening Sacred Spaces. WE asked people to consider what was one thing they could do to make the life of their church more environmentally friendly.

One of the things that came up in the discussion was church lighting. How many times have we been in a meeting in one part of a hall and the whole place is bright as day? Or how many times do we go somewhere with lots of natural light, enough to read comfortably, and all the lights are on? We also discussed issues around church groundskeeping (lawns are environmental nightmares) and (in the committee meeting, not in the whole court) the church's love affair with paper. The discussion could have gone on much longer and we may well have Greenifying the church as a Presbytery theme someday.

Also in our presentation we mentioned the Green Rule:
Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.

Follow the links to more on the background info we had. It comes from an inter-faith group called Faith and the Common Good.

And really, how green is your church?

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