The Green Chalice program is designed to recognize Disciples congregations for being good stewards of God’s creation. In June, our congregation was designated a Green Chalice Congregation for taking significant steps to care for God’s creation in and through our practices. We lifted up the following things to the Green Chalice leaders as evidence of our care for our corner of God’s earth:
1) We recycle cardboard, paper, and plastic
2) We have changed to all efficient light bulbs
3) We have programmable thermostats.
4) In April, we planted our first community garden and will be expanding it each year
5) We also have planted native, drought-resistant plants in our water-conserving gardens
6) We have planted drought-resistant trees and plant new ones regularly
7) We do not use irrigation sprinklers on the lawn, and water most frequently by hand
8) We have installed window shades on our south-facing windows to conserve energy
9) We purchase our coffee through the Disciples Coffee Project
10) We purchase Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday through the Chamaedorea Palm Certification Project
Of course, this does not mean that we have achieved everything we need to achieve or even that we utilize all of the things above as well as we could. There is a higher level designation of a Certified Green Chalice Congregation which we could achieve should we decide to cut out our use of Styrofoam products. Right now, our Outreach Ministry is acting as our Green Chalice team but we would love to have a self-standing Green Chalice group within our congregation. You can learn more about the Green Chalice movement by looking at the Disciples website at https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/dhm/dhm-ministries/environment/green-chalice-congregation-program/ or just google Green Chalice congregation.