Creation Care Task Force

“When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon
it and remember
the everlasting covenant
between God and every living creature of all
flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:16

Our mission is to help church members, parishes and missions of the Diocese consider environmental stewardship as a practice of faith and to provide resources for the implementation of creation care projects.

Creating a Green Team      Environmental Justice 

Eco-Anxiety      News You Can Use 

Creation Care Calendar     Resources   

Earth and Rogation Days

Earth Day Sunday provides a time to focus on Creation Care in each church. This year, Earth Day Sunday falls on April 18. More resources for Earth Day Sunday from Creation Justice Ministries are also available. Resources for Faith Climate Action Week (April 16-25)  from Virginia Interfaith Power and Light are now available. 

Rogation Sunday is April 25, and minor Rogation Days are May 10-12. Find out the history of Rogation Days and how to celebrate them with The Episcopal Church’s Good News Gardens on April 20 at 7 p.m. See the calendar below for more resources.

Rogation Day Collect:

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Grants Available

  • The Episcopal Church Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism is offering grants for appropriate projects now. Deadline to apply is April 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. Learn more and apply. Watch this webinar recording for additional information on this grant.


Episcopal Creation Care Resolutions and Resources

The Episcopal Church, on all levels, has made Creation Care one of its top priorities.

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, in 111 dioceses and regional areas in 17 nations; 100 of which are in the United States. The Episcopal Church’s Covenant for the Care of Creation is a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy and life-giving conversation as individuals, congregations, ministries and dioceses. To ensure our future and that of our planet, learn, get involved and take advantage of resources offered through the links below.

Diocese of Virginia


Creating a Green Team in Your Church

Each congregation in the Diocese of Virginia is unique. Having a Green Team within your church means creation care worship, education and action goals can be made meaningful to your own congregation. Environmental justice issues can be addressed at the local level. Even the smallest steps help. The diocesan Creation Care Task Force is here and ready to help. Send us an email at DioceseOfVaCreationCare@gmail.com. Below is a list of additional resources for use by green teams in local congregations.

Environmental Justice

Climate Change is already happening with unequal impact. How should we respond? To learn about The Episcopal Church’s position, watch, Let’s Talk Faith and Climate, a co-production between The Episcopal Church and ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program.

The Episcopal Church Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism is offering grants for appropriate projects now. Deadline to apply is April 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. Learn more and apply. Watch this webinar recording for additional information on this grant.

Additional resources: 

Eco-Anxiety

Many people feel overwhelmed by the enormity of our environmental challenges. This is a place where the Church is called to be present. Worship and prayer are pathways for celebrating Gods creation. They are also vehicles for lament, confession, supplication, healing and hope. Read here to learn more about climate anxiety:

The Episcopal Church and other faith-based organizations offer excellent resources:


News You Can Use: Resources and ideas to spark creation care ministry in your congregation.

St. James’s Children’s Center, Richmond, Brings the Farm to the City

An introduction to nature can’t start too early. Children living in an urban area often have few opportunities to be exposed to farm animals, and field trips have been limited this year due to Covid. The Children’s Center, with the help of Caromont Farm, decided to bring the animals to the children. The photos tell the story!

 

St. James’, Warrenton, Transitions to LED Lighting

In 2019, St. James’ in Warrenton engaged in a complete re-lamping project in cooperation with Dominion Power and their sponsored contractor, Electric & Lighting Solutions of Richmond. The scope of this project included two phases. Phase one involved replacing all incandescent lighting with appropriate LED lighting. This was done completely at Dominion’s expense, with the exception of replacing several dimmers at a modest fee. The second phase involved replacing all fluorescent fixtures with LED fixtures. In this phase Dominion covered 30% of the cost. Electric & Lighting Solutions estimated the payback period for phase two is approximately 38 months. The observable effect of this project is higher lighting levels in the nave, parish hall and other areas of the church with a reduced cost. Due to COVID induced closures, month-by-month cost comparisons have not yet been made, but the savings are expected to be significant. For more information, contact St. James’.

Catholic Diocese of Richmond Transitions Seven Diocesan Entities to Solar Power

In response to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has partnered with Catholic Energies, a service of Washington-based nonprofit Catholic Climate Covenant, to install solar panels and/or complete LED lighting retrofits in four churches, two schools and the diocesan Pastoral Center. According to Catholic Energies, the projects will save more than $2 million in energy and operating costs during the term of the solar agreements and generate over 1.6 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity each year for decades to come. Learn more about this project.

Community Garden at All Souls’, Mechanicsville

The Community Garden at All Souls’, Mechanicsville, produced spring, summer, and fall crops last year. Over 18 thousand pounds of fresh, beautiful vegetables were grown and distributed to people in need in the Mechanicsville area. Guests are always welcome! If you’d like to learn more about the All Souls garden, contact Lee Hanchey, Senior Warden.

Browse resources from The Episcopal Church on community gardens:

Aluminum Pop Tabs Benefit the Richmond Ronald McDonald House

St. James’ the Less, Ashland, collects aluminum pop tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Collecting and recycling pop tabs brings in additional funds for this “home away from home” for parents and their hospitalized children.


Creation Care Calendar: Worship, Learn, Act

April is Citizen Science Month. One of the most helpful ways to participate is to observe bird migrations in your own community. Report your findings to eBird. Learn more about Citizen Science Month.

April 11, 2 p.m. | 3rd annual Interfaith Summit CREW
April 16, 5 p.m. | Deadline for submitting creation care grant applications. Learn about applying.
April 18-21 Ecumenical Advocacy Days “Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored”
April 21 | National Hanging Out Day Clothes driers use a large percentage of home energy. Use a clothesline this spring.
April 22 | Earth Day Click to request printed Earth Day resources.
April 25 | Rogation Sunday
April 27-29 | American Climate Leadership Summit: Ambition, Restoration, Justice
April 30 | Arbor Day

May 2-8 | International Compost Awareness Week 
May 5 | National Bike or Walk to School Day
May 11 | Rogation Day
May 21 | National Bike to Work Day. May is national bike month.

June 21-27 | National Pollinator Week

September 1 - October 4 | Season of Creation


Resources

Other Episcopal & Interfaith Resources

Resources Outside of the Faith Network


Contact the Diocese of Virginia's Creation Care Task Force