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.
The Land Use mini has developed Restoring Our Roots in Creation: Pilgrimages You Can Take in Kansas. This electronic booklet can be found here. We encourage parishes and parishioners to email Mother Jenn Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a space you would like to have included in this resource.
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.
The liturgical resources discovered and created by the Care of Creation Task Force which have been approved for use in the diocese include:
- Green Liturgies
- Prayer Resources
- Formation Tools
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 the task force chair, the Rev. Evan Ash, email@example.com