Green Team Update: Appalachia and Coal

FROM THE GREEN CORNER:

From the Ashes, a National Geographic documentary and Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Selection, will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel Sunday, June 25 at 9 PM (check your local listing to verify time).

This documentary provides a thought-provoking look at Appalachia, the use of coal for energy production, the problems that arise, and some possible solutions. The Green Team, Warrenton Climate Change Group, and Virginia Interfaith Council co-sponsored a preview of the documentary last week at Saint James’ and recommend the film.

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Green Team Update: Response to Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

For all of us, our country’s departure from the Paris Climate Agreement was deeply disturbing. Responses however, have included some very positive suggestions which focus on the fact that we, as Americans and Christians, believe that individuals are empowered to act. Please consider the following ways to respond:

— We pray because the Earth is God’s creation, and it is in His hands. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church made the following statement. A number of Episcopal Church bishops have also issued a joint statement.

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From The Ashes: Environmental Film Night is Thursday, June 15

Thursday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall

FROM THE ASHES is being shown in small venues all over the U.S. before it premiers on the National Geographic Channel later in June.  The Interfaith Power and Light network is distributing advance copies of the film with the intention of raising awareness that will potentially result in both thought-provoking conversation and constructive action.                      

FROM THE ASHES captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be.

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Earth Day Events in the DC Area

FROM THE GREEN CORNER

Do you have plans for EARTH DAY on April 22? There are many good events going on that help us appreciate our planet.

But did you know that the Anglican Communion recognizes a similar but much older celebration on April 25?  It is called ROGATION DAY, and the earliest ceremonies were believed to have been practiced in the British Isles in the 7th century when farmers asked the priest to bless their newly planted crops.

Even then, people understood the vital need of healthy soil and God’s blessing for abundance. Take time to  pray for the health of our planet during the upcoming week. Consider the many pressures upon our planet’s resources and how you can help.

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Green Team Update: Water Justice & Upcoming Events

“Water is the hammer through which climate change hits the earth.” – GreenFaith

Over the next weeks, the Green Team will consider how we can conserve and protect our planet’s clean water. We can use biodegradable soap products. We can return unused pharmaceuticals to proper sites rather than flush them into the sewer (Fauquier Hospital will accept them April 22, 9 am-12 noon).

What other ways can you suggest to protect our water? Email us your ideas!

GreenFaith and the Trinity Institute in New York City will be hosting a global theological conference, Water Justice, on March 22-24.

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Youth & Children’s Earth Day Prayer

In honor of Earth Day 2016 (April 22nd), the youth and children of Saint James’ Warrenton collaborated to write the following Prayers for our Stewardship of the Earth, which was read as the Prayers of the People during Sunday Eucharists on Sunday, April 24.

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of creation. The book of Genesis describes a formless void which you turned into an interconnected world of wondrous beauty. We pray for your guidance as we accept the role of caring for all that you have given us.

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Communities of Peace Earth Day Event

2016 Earth Day Flyer Revised Final (1)You’re invited to a Communities of Peace event called “Sharing Stories of our Connection to Nature.”  The event will take place this coming Saturday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00 at the Airlie Conference Center, 6809 Airlie Road Warrenton VA.

The three speakers will be Ambassador John W. McDonald, “The Father of UNEP,” telling the story of the creation of the United Nations Environmental Programme, Father Don Conroy, telling the story of the creation of Earth Day at Airlie, and 9-year old Astrid Determan, sharing the story of her action to save endangered species.

You’ll find more information on the attached flyer.  rsvp’s are important to receive by this Thursday!

Green Team Updates

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Conversation on “Care of Our Common Home” is today, March 13, 3:30 PM, at the Washington Fire Hall. Please join us in this important event. The third conversation will be held April 10.

HELP THE MONARCHS

It’s spring, and we will soon have the Monarch butterflies returning. You can help these important creatures by planting milkweed for their caterpillar stage.

Learn more:

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Final Lenten Supper

Wednesday, March 16

Supper at 5:30 | Discussion at 6:00

Our last Wednesday Lenten discussion will address our responsibility for our planet.  

The church (especially the Episcopal Church) has long understood their responsibility for the created world, but has come to that place by very different means.  We will look at different biblical perspectives, different theological understandings, and what we at Saint James’ are doing and should do in the future to be better stewards of the fragile earth, our home

We will also participate in bible study and experience the richness and layers of meaning that come from careful informed study.  We will enter into discussion and participate in practical examples of ministries as we ask “what does scripture have to say about it? Why do we do it? Does it help build up the kingdom of God? Is it part of our core identity as the body of Christ?”

Lenten Green Calendar

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Over the 40 days of Lent, learn about eco-justice (caring for creation and all humans in it) and take action on the issues of waste, energy, water, consumption, and food. Join the Saint James’ Green Team on your Lenten journey by taking this calendar and a mite box, which are available in the Parish Hall. You or your child may choose one thing to take on or give up from the list of actions below compiled by our youth and/or follow the daily devotional adapted from PCUSA Earth Ministries. In our mite box, we will deposit “fines” for not sticking to our chosen discipline or the daily devotional. The boxes will then be collected on Easter Day, and the money designated for a green action.

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From the Green Corner

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Saint James’ reusable shopping bags have arrived!  Stop by the Green Table in the parish hall on Sunday morning to pick up a bag for your family and remember to “refuse to use” plastic ones.

Consider Bagless Christmas Shopping

The Green Team requests your help! There are many thoughtful gifts that never require a bag yet do a great deal of good, such as donations to the Soroti program in Uganda or Episcopal Relief & Development. Please send the Green Team your favorite ideas for such gifts at greenteam@saintjameswarrenton.org so that we can share them with the congregation in a Christmas Catalog of Bagless Shopping.IMG_3387_2

Paris 2015

On Nov. 8, Karen Allen presented an excellent program and announced that Solar Energy Light Fund  had just been named one of 16 winners of the U. N. Momentum for Change Award.

Please keep the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 UN Conference in your daily prayers. Consider following the conference on Facebook Sign up at
the Green Team Table to be part of the prayer team  Nov. 30 thru Dec. 11.

Paris 2015: Finding Energy to Address Climate Change

Please join Saint James’ Episcopal Church, Warrenton to learn more about the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2015.12187739_10153301581701028_4105466599945871130_n

We welcome Karen Allen, a member of Saint James’ and Director of Development for Solar Energy Light Fund (SELF). SELF’s mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, healthcare and agricultural development. Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

Ms. Allen is attending the Climate Change Conference on behalf of SELF and will share her insights about what is at stake at the Paris meeting, along with the role that energy poverty plays in global climate issues. Before joining SELF, Karen worked on behalf of wildlife and conservation as Public Affairs Director for the Audubon Zoo, the American Zoo & Aquarium Association, Conservation International, and helped establish Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

A panel discussion will follow with Ms. Allen, Michael Rainger, and Gerry Eitner.

Mr. Rainger founded Energized Research / Learning Institute (ER-LI) in Warrenton. He has participated with local officials and identified projects, program and initiatives which led to the public schools saving almost $2 million in four years, and to the county government saving $220,617 in three years, Vint Hill EDA saving $20,000 per year since 2010 and Chestnut Forks Tennis and Fitness Club saving $3,500 in 120 dagys during the winter of 2013!

Ms. Eitner is a Saint James’ member and has been a spiritual coach and mentor for many years. She is the founder of the Communities of Peace Foundation, a template for creating peaceful communities. Catalyzed by the events of 9/11, that template was initiated in Warrenton and has been seeded in 10 US communities and has expanded to projects in Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ethiopia.

The public is welcome at this community-wide event, sponsored by the Green Team of St. James’ Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper St., Warrenton, Va. Call the church office at 540-347-4342 or email greenteam@saintjameswarrenton.org for questions.

Pope Francis and Environmental Responsibility

“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si’

Pope Francis is in Washington D.C., and one of his main goals is to push for a stronger response to the ever-growing threats of climate change and environmental destruction.

While we might not have formal ties with the See of Rome, we can certainly take many an inspiration from his recent activism. See what all the buzz is about – click here for the (English!) text of “On Care for our Common Home.”

2015 Diocesan Conference | Taste and See that the Lord is Good

The Diocese of Virginia extends an invitation and an opportunity to explore the relationship between faith and food:

Our relationship with food, God, and the environment is the focus of our Stewardship of Creation Conference this fall. With the help of our keynote speaker, Rachel Marie Stone (Eat with Joy), together with the panelists and workshop leaders, participants will be invited to discern a new relationship with food, one which honors both God and the world as God’s gift.

Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
8 North Laurel Street 
Richmond, VA 23220

Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The program will include a “wholy meal”; cost is $15.00, “wholly meal” at lunch included.

A program for children concerning the same themes will also be offered, including the “wholly meal.”

Interested in registering? Click here to learn more.

Green Team Meeting | Thursday, Sept 17

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Saint James’ Green Team formed this summer and after two meetings has begun an energy audit with a 7-step plan for action to reach maximum efficiency on our campus thanks to the services of Michael Rainger, founder of the Energized Research / Learning Institute (ER-LI).

The Green Team and Communities of Peace has extended an invitation to the leaders and members of other churches in town to explore whether they’d like to consider starting the same 7-step energy reduction program.

Join us as Mr. Rainger describes the program, his process at Saint James’, and shares his success stories. ER-LI was founded by Rainger after he had worked for almost 5 years, mostly as a volunteer (1653 free hours), with Fauquier County Public Schools, the School Support Council and Aspirations 2015 Strategic Planning.

Working as an Energy Conservation subject matter expert with Fauquier County and the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority (EDA) in Northern Virginia rounded out his skills in the Public Service Sector.

Michael participated with local officials and identified projects, program and initiatives which led to the public schools saving almost $2 million in four year, county government saving $220,617 in three years, Vint Hill EDA saving $20,000 per year since 2010 and Chestnut Forks Tennis and Fitness Club saving $3,500 in 120 days during the winter of 2013!
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