Mission and Social Action

"We are witnesses to God's presence and the grace of Jesus Christ as we address social justice issues locally and internationally through education and action."

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Divest of Fossil Fuels 

On this Item, the General Assembly, acted as follows:
Referral with Comment

Comment: Request the 221st General Assembly (2014) to refer the subject matter of this overture to the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) for action and discernment in accordance with its long-standing and detailed procedures to engage with individual corporations to advance their actions in support of important social policy issues. MRTI is asked to make a report to 222nd General Assembly (2016). The Assembly Committee on Immigration and Environmental Issues (15), is deeply concerned about both the need for action and the need to remain in dialogue with companies that are in the fossil fuel industry. Electronic Vote - Plenary  Affirmative 469, Negative 110, Abstaining 0 Note: the original motion did not refer to MRTI, but asked for a more direct process of divestment.

 

Related groups click here: Presbyterians for Earth Care

EARTH CARE PLEDGE from PCUSA 

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 vulnerable 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.

In a quick audit of St. James we discovered that we score adequate in all areas except outreach. Are you ready to learn new ways to participate in the Earth Care pledge? We hope so.                                                             

During the rest of this year and in the future, we will delve into a new awareness of our responsibilities toward God’s creation. We will respond to God’s grace by joining with others to restore creation in creative and tangible ways and to develop an environmental ministry in the context of justice for everyone.

Our Goal:

To set up an environmental justice ministry that increases members’ awareness about and actions for environmental and ecologically sound practices for healing and sustaining the earth.

Our Vision:

  • We will grow spiritually through learning more about environmental justice and increasing our awareness of how Christians act with regard to creation.
  • We will grow in understanding about our connectedness through Christ to the whole human family
  • We will create new opportunities to share this vision “hands-on” within our church, our families and in local and global communities.

 Your suggestions:

          What challenges you about recycling and sustainable initiatives?

The steps to take:

  1. Conversation and information-sharing about this among members of the congregation. 
  1. Session identifies (with the help of the Mission and Social Action Committee and interested members) specific outcomes to be achieved as a result of our study, prayer and actions.
  2. Prioritize activities based on congregation member’s and church group’s support.
  3. Organize to scale.
  4. Set up a core team for leading and listening.
  5. Proceed with activities to the extent that there is support.
  6. Send request for interns to certain faculty at WWU and WCC who give credit for “service-learning.”
  7. Monitor progress, modify and report out.

Environmental Justice Reading List

 

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