Friday, February 5, 2010

Greening Sacred Spaces Awards

The Green Sacred Space Awards were developed in 2006-07 by the Ottawa Steering Committee of Faith & the Common Good under the leadership of John Dorner. We thank the Ecology and Theology Working Group of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa whose earlier work helped us establish the frame of reference and criteria for the awards.
The GSS award is an affirmation of the commitment to environmental stewardship as shown by a given faith community through five actions in each of three areas: spirituality and worship; sacred space activities that promote a healthy environment; and outreach to the wider community in support of environmental action.

In the Hamilton region, these awards are to presented to
St James Anglican Church in Dundas and Laidlaw Memorial United Church, Hamilton

St James Anglican, Dundas:
St James has had a walkthrough audit, they have held 2 eat local feasts, they have bought a bike rack, they offer regular recycling/composing/green bin use education to the community at large. They are part of the newly formed Eco-Churches of West Hamilton and they are heavily involved with climate change action (350, Copenhagen). The have helped develop a green cleaning products guide that FCG have adapted.

Laidlaw Memorial United Church. This church has been greening their sacred space for over 5 years now with significant results. They are actively seeking to install solar panels this year and generate green energy that they will also use to feed into the grid. They will be offering a tour or the church this month as well as hosting the Greening Sacred Spaces Solar Conference in April.
This year the awards presentation takes place in Toronto:

There will be five practical workshops to equip you for the task ahead, and an interfaith panel including Mardi Tindal to inspire and encourage you. Greening Sacred Spaces will be introducing their new solar energy program for religious buildings, and making their annual awards for the Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto areas during a shared meal. Mardi Tindal will also be the preacher at Eastminster's morning service.

The Green Awakening Network and Greening Sacred Spaces present:Greening Our Faith Communities:Annual Leaders Forum

Sunday March 7th 2010 Interfaith Eco-Worship 10:30 amWorkshops, Interfaith Panel, Vegan Meal 12.45pm to 7pm at Eastminster United Church

310 Danforth Ave, Toronto

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