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Care of Creation Task Force

The Care of Creation Task Force is organized around four mini task forces:

  • Green Teams
  • Land Use
  • Spiritual Practices, and
  • Legislative Presence.

Individually and in combination, these “minis” have restoration at their core. They seek to restore sustainable living, native plants, ancient Anglican connectedness to nature, and moral leadership in the public sphere.

Each of the teams have adopted their own set of goals.

Green Teams: establish at least one team in every minster and, ideally, one in each parish; learn from the long-established team at Trinity Lawrence; implement the Sustain Island Home carbon-tracking website; conduct energy audits; and address aging HVAC systems throughout the diocese (perhaps seeking an economy of scale by sharing a contractor within minsters).

Land Use: two native restoration centers in each convocation; discerning a use for land at Bethany Place; and possibly a legacy land program. Note: a glebe is land belonging or yielding revenue to a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice. The diocese has a glebe in the Northwest Convocation that the Land Use mini will study.

Spiritual Practices: explore our rich Anglican heritage of creation care, which includes the often-neglected Rogation Days (which we envision as minster or neighborhood celebrations); develop a green liturgy; create 52 weekly additions to the Prayers of the People; seek opportunities to evangelize to earth-oriented people; and be available as a resource to the Liturgy, Music and the Arts Task Force.

Legislative Presence: lead on eco-justice and connect to lawmakers across the diocese; participate in public policy discussions at the Kansas statehouse, especially regarding energy, water, air and local control; engage with county commissions regarding transit, stormwater and waste disposal; engage with city councils on efforts such as plastic bag bans. It also will partner with the Climate and Energy Project and with Kansas Interfaith Action regarding climate justice issues.

For more information contact chair JoLynne Martinez, jolynnemartinez@gmail.com.

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