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Triangle Church Pursues Environmental Certification

The Catholic Herald

Article written in The Catholic Herald in Arlington, VA about the acceptance of St. Francis of Assisi into the GreenFaith Certification Program


GreenFaith, a New Jersey-based interfaith environmental coalition, recently accepted St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle into its environmental certification program.

To be certified, St. Francis must carry out more than 24 environmental activities within two years. Activities include ecological-themed worship services, religious education focusing on the environment, reducing consumption in church buildings and engaging in environmental justice advocacy. Upon completion of the program, GreenFaith officially will acknowledge St. Francis as a religious-environmental leader.

“In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, our parish community is called to manifest a reverent attitude toward our environment, recognizing it as God’s creation,” said Franciscan Friar Father Kevin Downey, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi. “Based on our Christian faith and the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, we can make our lifestyle more sustainable by the choices we make.”

Founded in 1992, GreenFaith inspires, educates and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. The coalition provides support to participating institutions through a website that offers resources, webinars and an online community where participants share strategies and successes. GreenFaith staff and program mentors guide participants through the program, providing one-on-one feedback and assistance.

“This program is a challenging, important way for houses of worship to become environmental leaders,” said Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s executive director. “As St. Francis of Assisi Parish goes through the program, its members will experience the transformation that comes from sharing a religious commitment to creation.”

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