At the 2012 Synod Assembly, the Lutherans Restoring Creation table asked congregations:

What has your congregation done to reduce your carbon footprint and to care for God’s Creation?  Here are the replies.

Grace Lutheran  Plainville: mugs for coffee/recycling/energy efficient lighting

Immanuel, Amherst : Hosting a lecture by Bill McKibben for the community on Sept. 7/new furnace/new light bulbs

Lutheran Church of Framingham: Plant a Seed Sunday

Immanuel, Naugatuck: Hold a community wide “help the environment” Earth Day  Fair/ glass mugs for coffee hour

Luther House Campus Ministry: planted a community garden

St Paul East Long Meadow: recycle/energy efficient lighting/energy efficient boiler

First, Malden: newsletter via email/organic garden for food pantry guests/replace light bulbs with “sno-cones”

St James, Southbury: growing food for community

Sanctuary: community garden

Calumet: recycle lots of stuff

Gloria Dei, Forestville: community garden

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Plattsburgh: Saved trees from being cut down

Holy Trinity, Trumbull: all trash is used by city burning to make electricity

Trinity, Vernon: Recycle lots

Shepherd of the Hills, Montpelier: converted to CFL light bulbs/working on better insulation plan and replacement of windows.

St Peter’s, Harwich:  solar panels

Christ the King, Windsor: more use of email for bulletins and less disposable products

Grace, Hartford: each person’s mug for coffee, hung on hooks along with their “mug shot”/ working on going totally paper and plastic free using dishes and silver/ cloth napkins/ new natural gas furnace/automatic shut off lights/smaller Sunday bulletin/emailing newsletter

St Matthew-Trinity: use our coffee grounds in church plantings for fertilizer

Our Savior’s, Fairfield: new furnace/community garden

Ascension, South Burlington: composting/recycling/led lights/planting rain garden/ cleaning up Bartlett Brook and MORE

Holy Trinity, No Easton: recycling

Zion, Portland: new natural gas furnace

St Andrew, Bristol: community garden

Two retired pastors responded: one lives in an energy saving home, the other has installed solar panels on the garage roof.

This is just a sample of what is happening all across New England.  The Restoring Creation Team can work with your congregation to celebrate the steps already taken and to give guidance as “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Northern Tier: Phoebe Morand   pheebscongo@yahoo.com

Connecticut: Nancy Urban  nlurban@gmail.com