Becoming a Green Congregation

What the world needs from Christians and our congregations is action on behalf of creation. We can be transformed through worship and education. We can embrace the biblical and theological mandates to care for the Earth. But unless we are walking the walk and not just talking the talk, our beliefs and commitments mean little in terms of changes that will make a difference.

This guide includes environmental impacts of worship, potlucks, water use, food choices, transportation, and much more.

  • Web of Creation: Ecology Resources to Transform Faith Communities and Society

Checklist for items to green your church buildings, your church grounds, and your congregational practices.

Find out how to Green your Congregation, evaluating your air pollution, building design, use of paper, exploring renewable energy, and more.

This document presents specific details on the EPA’s analytic result and rating methodology for House of Worship

This organization works to provide an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox communions to work together to protect and restore God’s creation. Here you can find a list of many resources, including green building resources.

  • Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in your Congregation
    The handbook is a “tool box” for all who want to foster creation awareness and care in their congregations. It helps readers actively respond to the question, “Why should people of faith care for creation?”

The handbook also helps congregations develop an enduring, creation-honoring focus within all dimensions of congregational life:

  • Worship and Education
  • Facilities and Institutional Life
  • Community Outreach
  • Denomination, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Partnerships

Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

 ~ Amos 5