Earth Care

Earth Care

PC(USA) Environmental Ministries has a certification program for environmentally responsible churches, called “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.” The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, churches affirm the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of congregational life, and track their commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Recertification is required annually.

Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church was certified as an Earth Care Congregation in June 2014.

We maintain our commitment by continuing to increase our efforts at and around the church and re-certifying each year with PC(USA) Environmental Ministries.

Earth Care Pledge

The Social Justice and Peacemaking Unit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in consultation with congregations and presbyteries across the denomination, developed a five-part resolution as a model for mobilizing congregations to respond to the General Assembly’s “CALL TO RESTORE THE CREATION.” The resolution was simplified to a four-part pledge in 2010. Churches applying to be an Earth Care Congregation must have the Earth Care Pledge affirmed by their session and signed by the clerk.

Earth Care Pledge

Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.

1. Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.

2. In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.

3. Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.

4. Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the wlnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.