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Saint Paul's Celebrates GreenFaith Sunday

By Rachel Sauls-Wright
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN holds a GreenFaith Sunday event with environmental vendors, speakers and and workshops

 

Hold the potluck dishes — this is a different kind of Sunday celebration.

On April 27, St. Paul’s Episcopal is hosting GreenFaith Sunday. In conjunction with Earth Day earlier in the week, the celebration is designed to showcase and celebrate ways parishioners and the community can protect the planet.

“We are excited about GreenFaith Sunday because it opens all of our doors to people of all ages to think and pray in new ways about being good stewards of God’s creation,” said St. Paul’s Rector Donald Fishburne. “We first learn about that responsibility in the first book of the Bible.”

From 9:15-10:15 a.m. on GreenFaith Sunday, 18 stations will be set up on the church’s campus that feature everything from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and the city’s bike share program, to local beekeepers and farmers markets. Door prizes like LED lights, plants, herbs, shade grown coffee and bluebird houses will be available for attendees.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend the event, said Bruce Blohm, a church member who is helping organize it.

“We feel like we are a part of the community and want the community to be a part of us,” he said. “We invite and welcome everyone who would like to learn more.”

The celebration falls between the church’s 8 and 10:30 a.m. services and is also an effort to recognize St. Paul’s progress toward becoming a certified GreenFaith house of worship. GreenFaith is a national organization that helps churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship increase their environmental stewardship and integrate those practices into their faith.

Fishburne explained that St. Paul’s has made efforts like installing low-flow toilets, replacing some of its light bulbs with LED lights, amping up its recycling efforts and is starting an herb garden that will provide for the church’s kitchen. Three new heating boilers were recently installed and have appropriately been named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, he added.

“We want to live out these green values in everything we do, from our preaching and education to the operation of our buildings to our advocacy for a healthy environment for all residents of our communities,” he said.

 

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