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Background

In 2021, Bishop Greg Rickel assembled a task force to focus on climate justice in the Diocese of Olympia.  This group has now published a report that takes a hard look at the role that the Episcopal Church in Western Washington has already played in addressing creation care; the urgency of stepping up those efforts; and recommendations for moving forward that apply to both the Bishop’s Office and to local congregations.

The report states:

“Beginning in the early 1990s, Episcopalians and other Christians in Western Washington joined forces to ask questions such as What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ in these times of environmental decline? and How does our faith tradition inform and empower us? These early efforts focused on networking, resources for congregational education and worship, and tools for advocacy, joining with others who cared about this web of issues.

But 2022 is a long way from 1992. Once again, the Church is called to ask vital questions about our role, our place, and our ministry within the communities we serve. And once again, the Diocese of Olympia has a unique role to play and special gifts to offer as we live faithfully in the world we are called to serve (Climate Justice Task Force Report, p. 10).” [Photo credit: Stuart Meeks.]

Here is the full report: Climate Justice Task Force Report to the Bishop, May 2022

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Our Bioregion, Our Sacred Home

Introduction

Reasons for This Work

The Science

Recommendations

  • Action
  1. Pledge to Care for Creation
  2. Use Your Voice to Advocate for Climate Justice
  3. Determine Your Carbon Footprint and Embrace Drawdown
  4. Offset Your Unavoidable Carbon Emissions
  5. Prepare for Environmental Emergencies
  6. Collaborate with Others
  7. Green Your Congregation
  • Faith Formation
  1. Offer Intergenerational Opportunities to Explore Creation Care
  2. Engage Children & Youth in Climate Justice
  3. Train and Mobilize Church Members as Climate Stewards
  4. Connect to the Land
  5. Adopt Liturgies and Seasonal Practices That Revere Creation
  • Resources and Staffing
  1. Hire a Canon for Creation Justice
  2. Move Resources into Socially Responsible Investments
  3. Reorganize the Bishop’s Committee on the Environment

Conclusion

Readings & Other Resources

Task Force members:

John Kydd, Chair
Marcy Lagerloef
Nancy McConnell
Emily Meeks
The Rev. Carla Pryne
Valerie Reinke
Marjorie Ringness
The Rev. Gail Wheatley

Other Resources:

From the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (July, 2022)

Resolutions related to Climate Justice and Creation Care:

Commit to the Pressing Work of Addressing Global Climate Change and Environmental Justice (AO88)

Net Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (AO87)

Encouraging Utilization of Virtual Governance Options for Creation Care (DO27)

Carbon Sequestration – Creates An Internal Carbon Offset Program (CO15)

Climate Change – Carbon-Intensive Lending (CO16)

Support Decade of Action to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (AO20)

Endorse and Encourage Green Deal Legislation (DO64)

 

From the 15th Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion (July/August 2022)

[Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference is an international meeting of Anglican bishops. The conference discusses church and world affairs and the global mission of the Anglican Communion for the decade ahead.]

Here’s the report from Lambeth on the global environmental restoration plan launched.

The Communion Forest is a global initiative comprising local activities of forest protection, tree growing and eco-system restoration undertaken by provinces, dioceses and individual churches across the Anglican Communion to safeguard creation. Here is the brochure.