The Environmental Commission of the Diocese of Oregon is a group of lay and clergy leaders of the diocese who focus on environmental issues from the perspective of a people of faith. The Commission’s mission is:

  • To inspire the Diocese to celebrate the beauty, mystery, sacredness and generosity of God’s creation.
  • To raise awareness both within and outside the Church on the urgency and importance of caring for the environment.
  • To educate the members of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon about current environmental issues, and how those issues effect the continued livability of our region and our world.
  • To emphasize models of ministry that incorporate protection, preservation, and sustainable use of God’s creation.

The commission offers courses and workshops on “simplicity as compassion,” climate change, and how congregations can make a difference. We also offer resources that provide congregations with ideas in the areas of energy efficiency and climate change, clean and accessible water, simplicity, environmental justice, food issues, and environmental health, as well as how to develop a “green team”. Liturgical materials are available for St. Francis Day, Earth Day, and Rogation Days. Materials are available as library resources, downloadable prayers, and liturgies on the website.

Resources

For calculating your carbon footprint, go to www.coolcongregations.com, or www.emoregon.org/earth_concerns.php

For energy audits for church buildings or homes go to your local utility or to www.energytrust.org

For courses on Simplicity, Food and Faith, or Money and Faith, go to www.earthministry.org

To connect with the nationwide Episcopal Ecological Network go to www.eenonline.org

Contact

Alice Speers
Telephone: (503) 246-0722
Email: alicespeers@gmail.com