A grassroots initiative involving real grass and real roots, the Environmental Stewardship Committee is parishioner-established, parishioner-led, and pre-dates the 2009 general convention mandate to establish a liturgical Creation Cycle.
Early programs included ways to reduce the congregation’s carbon footprint and environmental tips to promote sustainability. Today, the committee’s influence has grown to encompass the stewardship of all life—self and planet.
Recent Creation Cycle adult education topics explored the book, A New Way of Being Human, the Bible and water, water wars, and fracking in North Carolina. Vacation Church School presented The Abundant Life Garden Project in 2011, and in 2012, Shared Stories, Different Faiths included the use of local organic foods from Farmer Foodshare, started by a parishioner.
The committee was instrumental in making the Chapel of the Cross the first church in the diocese of North Carolina to adopt the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Teaching on the Environment, encouraging parishioners to speak and act on behalf of God’s good creation.