Creation Care Ministry

The St. Alban’s Creation Care Ministry was re-constituted in January 2022. We range in age, gender, and background but all carry the same love of God’s creation–wishing to continuously improve our care of what God has created.

First Directions of the Ministry

  • Formalize sustainability procedures at the church such
    • Recycle signage and collection
    • Establish thermostat setpoints and schedules
    • Monitore purchasing practices, use of paper, use of disposable dishes, etc.
  • Support and promote efforts of Buildings and Grounds capital improvements to reduce our energy footprint
  • Confirm how the Fiscal Trustees invest endowment funds by sharing the most recent Episcopal Church Guidelines on the subject and supporting change as needed

If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, contact Kevin Tomkies or Deacon Craig, or join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church.

Green Reflections

Green reflections“, provided by one of our members, Mike Bissell, offers Biblical inspiration for sustainable living. The small things we do at home can impact the world in ways we cannot imagine.

Psalm 104 verses 26 and 28-30:

“Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too great to number

*creatures both small and great…. 

  All of them look to you

*to give them their food in due season. 

  You give it to them; they gather it;

*You open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

You hide your face, and they are terrified;

*You take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.”

Some context behind Creation Care

“The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG) is the largest contiguous ecosystem on earth. A ring-like system of ocean currents rotating clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere caused by the Coriolis Effect. Gyres generally form in large open ocean areas that lie between land masses and play critical roles in carbon fixation and nutrient cycling.[The life processes in open-ocean ecosystems are a sink for the atmosphere’s increasing CO2. Gyres make up a large proportion, approximately 75%, of the open ocean and are nutrient poor because they are far from terrestrial runoff.[The NPSG is not only a sink for CO2 in the atmosphere, but also other pollutants. As a direct result of this circular pattern,  gyres act like giant whirlpools and become traps for anthropogenic pollutants, such as marine debris. The NPSG has become recognized for the large quantity of plastic debris floating just below the surface in the center of the gyre. This area has recently received a lot of media attention and is commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, roughly twice the size of Texas in surface area.”

Wikipedia contributors. “Ecosystem of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 Aug. 2021. Web. 20 May. 2022.

Creation care includes environmental concerns ranging from the personal to the global.  The committee explores many ways in which St. Albans can become more effectively ‘green’.