The Caring for Creation Committee is the Committee that supports Gloria Dei’s Covenant for the Care of Creation, which is found below.
For questions regarding the content of any of our communications, desire to join this ministry or suggestions that the team can consider, please contact our pastoral leader Pastor Javen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-699-1378..
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The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)
The church’s concern for God’s creation is shaped by the creative word of God, the love of God hanging on a cross, and the Spirit of God daily renewing the face of the earth.
Caring, serving, keeping, loving, living by wisdom and compassion - these translate into striving for justice in social, economic, political, and environmental matters. Therefore, the governing body of our congregation affirms the importance of healing and defending creation to our mission as God’s people.
As a covenant congregation, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will:
Study and Learn about God’s marvelous creation and our responsibility to God and our place in creation;
Pray, Preach, and Worship so that our environmental activities grow out of biblical faith,
reverence, and love for God’s creation;
Make congregational and individual lifestyle changes to better model our concern and care for creations; and
Get involved in our communities, our state, our nation, and the world, to promote policies that foster injustice and the wholeness of God’s creation.
Through this covenant, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church claims the promise of “a new heaven and anew earth.” (Revelation 21:1) We dedicate our congregation’s life to the care and redemption of all that God has made, for the sake of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and was raised for us to reconcile us and all creatures of God.
Solar Energy Option included in Highland water reservoir proposals
The GDLC Caring for Creation team is engaged in the Highland water reservoir proposal review process. Our engagement began by reading an article in The Villager newspaper, dated January 17 titled “Board delays picking proposal to lease Highland reservoir.”
We determined that there was insufficient information to form a judgement between the five proposals listed. However, one proposal received by the Board of Water Commissioners is a to put in a community solar garden on the 4.3 acres south of the historic Highland Water Tower, where two reservoirs are scheduled to be demolished.
We are asking for additional technical detail on the solar garden and review time from whom we understand to be key players in the decision-making process. These are the St. Paul Ward 3 Council member, who is also on the Board of Water Commissioners, the staff contact and the project engineer with the St. Paul Regional Water Services, St. Paul’s Chief Resilience Officer and with the company that submitted the solar garden proposal. Our engagement is aligned with staff members from Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MINPL) and several other southwestern St. Paul churches.
St. Paul rules governing installation of large solar gardens
Along with MNIPL and several other southwestern St. Paul churches, the GDLC Caring for Creation team is learning about how it can support the update of rules governing the installation of large solar gardens within the city of St. Paul. We are researching the project Minneapolis has launched to install solar on a number of its retired reservoirs. We believe that this is an important step to future opportunities for St. Paul to build community solar gardens, thus helping provide a solution that advances the goals of sustainability and climate justice.
Gloria Dei collaborates with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL) is an interfaith community co-creating a just and sustainable world. They work with faith communities to build the interfaith climate movement in Minnesota by empowering faith communities across the state to take action. MNIPL is challenging individuals and organizations to take the “Beyond Paris” pledge. They provide leadership development programs and action opportunities.
To learn more about this organization, pursue training and volunteer opportunities and/or receive their monthly newsletter, go to MNIPL.org The Caring for Creation team will occasionally post engagement opportunities in our blog posts.
On January 10, 2018, Erin Pratt, Program Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL), and Emily Miller, Youth Leadership Team member at MNIPL, led a J-term confirmation program. About 100 participants considered a favorite place in nature that provided an impactful moment in their respective lives. We then discussed what climate change is and our feelings about it. It concluded with a call to action that we use our faith and gifts to take action by getting involved, to change behavior and to know that our actions magnify.