Welcome to First Congregational Church’s Environmental Ministries Page! Below you will find five sections:
· Theological Connections
Websites that focus upon the relationship between the Christian faith and the protection of the environment.
The Acton Institute describes itself as “a think-tank whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”
A British perspective.
“Creation Justice Ministries educates, equips and mobilizes Christian communions/denominations, congregations and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's Creation. Based on the priorities of its members, with a particular concern for the vulnerable and marginalized, Creation Justice Ministries provides collaborative opportunities to build ecumenical community, guides people of faith and faith communities towards eco-justice transformations, and raises a collective witness in the public arena echoing Christ's call for just relationships among all of Creation.”
national organization that works with religious communities to “cultivate the public consciousness needed to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new value system that is based on this vision of the world.”
· Local and Global Allies
Environmental groups active in the Elgin area
The Elgin Sustainability Commission works to address environmental issues in the city of Elgin.
The Izaak Walton League of America describes itself as “For nearly 100 years, the Izaak Walton League has fought for clean air and water, healthy fish and wildlife habitat, and conserving special places for future generations. Today, the League plays a unique role in supporting citizens locally and shaping conservation policy nationally.” The local chapter can be reached at http://www.iwla.org/elgin
The Nature Conservancy buys land to serve as habitat for endangered species of plants and animals. They describe themselves as “tackling some of the toughest problems facing people and nature today, replicating good ideas to save many places and improve people’s lives. We are grounded by local experience and leverage our science, real-world solutions and partnerships to influence global decision-making.”
Promote the use of native species of plants and sustainable landscaping.
A large national organization that combines lobbying to protect wild places and field trips to enjoy them.
Elgin’s local chapter of 350.org. Elgin Green Groups 350 “was formed to support and share information about what environmental groups throughout the Fox Valley area are doing. We work to share information about events, actions, and goals so that we can pool resources.
· Eco-Group Events
Our Eco-Group holds monthly activities to learn and do more to help the environment. Past events have included: Exploring the Bluff Spring Fen, Bird watching 101 and a tour of ecologically sustainable gardens. Upcoming events include:
o September 29 Cleaning up a portion of Tyler Creek
· Science Resources
· Solar for All
We are launching a program to bring solar energy to people in the ‘environmental justice neighborhoods’ of Elgin. Part of this project will be hiring a community organizer and some student interns. Look for more information later!