GreenFaith-LRC Certification Program Components

GreenFaith Certification Program for Lutherans

Program Requirements (at a glance)

 

Steps in the program:

For more detailed information, visit:

www.greenfaith.org/programs/certification/steps-to-become-a-greenfaith-sanctuary.

1. Apply

2. Getting started (First six months)

·         Write mission statement

·         Develop communications plan

·         Publicize your acceptance to the congregation, and the wider media

·         Conduct comprehensive, self-guided audit

·         Develop action plan for Spirit, Stewardship and Justice requirements [see below]

3. Next year and a half

·         Carry out action plans/steps in Spirit, Stewardship and Justice

4. Give progress reports twice a year 

5. Complete the program and receive certification as a GreenFaith Sanctuary.

 

Please note: You are encouraged to meet many of the expectations of the program with Lutheran resources. In a few topic areas below, GF and LRC ask that congregations fulfill the Certification Program requirements through the use of ELCA-specific resources; for instance, using an ELCA curriculum to fulfill a religious education requirement. This provides a Lutheran dimension to the Certification Program in your community, and ensures you are making good use of LRC and ELCA resources. In a few cases, we ask your congregation to fulfill Lutheran requirements that are in addition to the ones prescribed by GreenFaith, such as through publicizing ELCA social statements. For a description of Lutheran resources and critical components, see the adjunct file “Lutheran Resources-Requirements.”

 

Please note: On occasion, a requirement may be met by or substituted by a program or project already completed by the congregation before entering the program. For discussion of this possibility, contact the GF director of the Certification Program, Stacey Kennealy at skennealy@greenfaith.org.

 

Area Requirements

Institutions will be given a more detailed description of these items upon acceptance into the Program. For fuller description, visit: http://greenfaith.org/programs/certification/steps-to-become-a-greenfaith-sanctuary/detailed-summary-of-certification-requirements.

 

Spirit Requirements

·         Worship

Conduct 3 eco-themed worship services per year

·         Religious Education

                        For adults, teens and children.

                        The Biblical and Theological Foundations for ordained leaders.

·         Spirituality

                        Conduct interfaith religious-environmental activities.

                        Conduct inter-generational religious-environmental programs

 

Environmental Justice (EJ) Requirements

·         Environmental Justice Education

                        Conduct three educational programs over two years on environmental justice.

·         Building Relationships with EJ Leaders

                        Identify ways that your institution can support Environmental Justice initiatives.

·         Advocating for Environmental Justice.

                        Conduct at least one Environmental Justice Advocacy Campaign per year for two years.

 

Stewardship Requirements

Choose 25 Stewardship initiatives from a comprehensive list in the following categories: Energy and Transportation; Food and Water; Waste and Toxics; Grounds Maintenance.

 

Communications Requirements

·         Carry out the Communications Plan.

·         Publicize your efforts to your members.

·         Publicize your efforts to external audiences.

 

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