This ministry explores ways to become better stewards of God’s creation, by educating, implementing new methods and encouraging new behaviors in our congregation. We look at all aspects of our church life, including the management of our church building, to improve our awareness and direct our actions as a community of faith and as individuals. We look forward to working with other houses of worship in Wellesley, and with our conference and national church leaders who have provided strong leadership on environmental issues. We encourage anyone in our church family to join us at our meetings throughout the year to help create and plan activities.
It's God's creation. Let's protect it. The Environmental Ministry recommends an on-line article entitled "It's God's creation. Let's protect it." that appeared in the Washington Post. The article outlines the leasing of public lands to the oil and gas industry.
For the last several years, the Environmental Ministry and the Energy Task Force have been evaluating ways that Village Church could be better stewards of our Earth. The result of that work is a recommendation to adopt a goal of becoming a net zero user of energy, and to take the necessary steps over time to achieve that goal. Net zero means that the church building and its operations generate as much energy from renewable sources as it uses on an annual basis.
In support of these efforts, an energy audit was performed on the church building. The resulting report can be downloaded here. A write-up of the specifics being proposed by the Environmental Ministry and Energy Task Force can be found here, as well as a high-level overview of the timeline.
News and Updates
Answering the Call: An Interfaith Gathering for Climate Action
Share Pope Francis’ powerful message on environmental responsibility and caring for “our common home” -- and help build an interfaith movement to act on climate change in Massachusetts
Monday, October 12, 7 pm to 9 pm, Temple Beth Elohim (10 Bethel Road, Wellesley)
Join members of Boston area congregations and faith organizations for this very special interfaith gathering to share messages of hope, inspiration, and action for healing our world. Together we will raise our voices as unified people of faith and seize the moment for concrete, communal action to safeguard our planet.
With his encyclical in June and U.S. visit in September, Pope Francis has created an opportunity for people of all faiths to respond to the challenge of climate change as an issue of moral imperative and social justice with “a new and universal solidarity.”
At this event -- part service, part forum, part rally -- we will gather to learn
- What Pope Francis is telling us about the connection between faith, social justice, and climate change;
- What the call to action on climate means to people of faith in Massachusetts and what the practical response looks like in our communities;
- What we can accomplish together as people of faith that we cannot accomplish alone!
Climate change is the defining moral issue of our time, challenging our relationship to the earth, to each other, and to next generations. People of faith in Massachusetts have a proud history of leadership on issues that reflect shared core values. Now it is our turn. Let’s join together to restore balance between our values and our care for our common home.
On May 2, 2015, the Village Church (with funding and technical support from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ MassReLeaf Ministry) sponsored a tree, perennials and wild flower planting event at the Wellesley/Newton Housing Authority sites at Morton Circle and Weston Road in Wellesley.
35 people signed in at the event kick-off meeting in the Housing Authority Community Center at Morton Circle and a number of additional people didn’t sign in but participated in the planting efforts (approximately 50 people total). 7 trees, 44 perennials and several meadow (wild flower) test sites were planted on Housing Authority and Natural Resources Commission (NRC) land in accordance with the planning that was done earlier. Some additional perennials were given to Susy Jordan (Wellesley Department of Public Works - DPW) to be planted on Town land in Church Square in front of the Village Church.
All plants were watered by hand initially, but the DPW later added “alligator bags” for continuous watering of the trees on NRC land at the Morton Circle site and will continue to add water to the bags until these trees are well established. In addition, the DPW installed stakes and ties to support the trees on the NRC land until the trees are well established.
The trees and perennials on the Housing Authority Morton Circle and Weston Road sites are being watered by Housing Authority residents at these sites.
The NRC meadow wild flowers were planted by and are being monitored and watered by parents and students from the Wellesley Hunnewell Elementary School.
Everyone seemed to have fun and the cost to accomplish this event is well within the grant value that the Village Church received from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, so we didn’t have a cost overrun.
Projects such as these will continue to benefit tens of thousands of people in the Wellesley area for many years to come (see http://www.macucc.org/massreleafministry).
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Wil Breden, Environmental Ministry Chair, at 781-235-0193 or [email protected].