SSUMC’s Green Team is hard at work greening our grounds, the yards of our members, and the habits and practices of our congregation. We believe that God meets us in creation and we take our identity as stewards of the Earth very seriously. We love to partner with other organizations to help us learn more and embrace tools and strategies for both reducing the environmental impact of our building and grounds and also to create positive change. Our past projects and events are almost too many to list, but include:
- creation of a butterfly garden, rain gardens, and a gleaning garden on our Downtown campus grounds
- use of native plants in landscaping
- installation of a rainwater cistern
- conducting needed kitchen repairs to make it easier to use non-disposable dishes and cutlery for events
- monthly prayer and “spirituality in nature” walks
- yearly distribution of the Interfaith Power and Light Lenten calendars for our congregation
In 2020-2021, we partnered with other local organizations in the Caring for Creation program, educating about and inspiring homeowners to use native plants in their gardens and landscaping to benefit native wildlife and local watershed health. This program included the gift of free native plants to those who sign up to participate.
Please check the church calendar for monthly Spirituality in Nature events.
Learn more about these events, programs, and more by contacting Rob Horn.