“If all life is holy, then anything that sustains life has holy dimensions too.”
–An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, Episcopal priest
The faith community increasingly is focusing on this concept of holiness, especially in the context of concerns about the diminishment of God’s creation due to climate change, species extinction, conservation of clean water and air, and a supply of healthy food for the world’s population.
Holy Trinity parishioners are involved on several fronts, both within the parish and in the community. The Environmental Stewardship Commission, created by the vestry in 2008, is charged with nurturing this idea of sustainability of life in God’s creation, because God declared it good and graced us with responsibility to care for it. The Commission oversees recycling and its energy consumption, provides compost from the kitchen and supports our community garden.
The commission’s mission is to build on this concern for creation by emphasizing Stewardship, Eucharist, Experience, and Knowledge (SEEK).
Stewardship—foster an awareness about and commitment to sustainable practices within the parish (energy consumption, recycling, etc.) and encourage parishioners to consciously practice sustainability in their daily lives.
Eucharist—through worship events like Earth Sunday service and other opportunities in the life of the parish, to nurture that awareness that “all life is holy” and that we have an active role to play in sustaining it.
Experience—through special events, and through just "being" in nature. The community garden, the meditation garden and the outdoor Labyrinth are all places where we can re-connect with God as expressed in the creation.
Knowledge—with Sunday School offerings, articles, links, book studies, and other endeavors, we seek to enlarge our awareness about the miracle of God’s creation.
Join us on this journey. Become a SEEKer on behalf of God’s holy creation.