Much has been spoken and written in the news lately about climate and preservation of the earth. Some of it is quite controversial, and there are supporters on both sides. But what does stewardship have to do with creation?

In Genesis, Adam and Eve were given the privilege of caring for our fragile earth, and have passed that privilege on to us. We are the very stewards of creation, and God trusts that we will will honor that responsibility. In his three-pronged approach to the Jesus Movement, the Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, has identified Stewardship of Creation as one of the three areas of concentration for the Movement, asking us to encounter and honor the face of God in creation, just as we would seek the face of God in every living person.  

Where do we begin? There are many things we can do to help preserve God's creation, beginning with our own homes and parishes. Some of the simple ways to be good stewards of the earth might be to:

  • Change out the light bulbs in your home or parish to the more energy efficient LED bulbs that last Recycle container webmuch longer and require less electricity to operate.
  • Separate the recyclables from the trash, and take them to a recycling center.
    Flatten cardboard boxes to be recycled.
  • Plant flowers and organic seeds that will draw, and help, the honeybees.
  • Adjust your thermostat at home and in your parish to reflect a comfortable, yet reasonable setting.
  • Buy EnergyStar appliances.
  • Donate to organizations such GreenFaith, whose mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Their Executive Director is an Episcopal priest!

And the list goes on. 

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This month one of our diocesan parishes is doing their part to help creation, and to lower the cost of lighting. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo, is not only changing the light bulbs in the nave to LED bulbs, but are also replacing the light fixtures to more energy-efficient fixtures. This move will lower their monthly lighting costs, increase the light in the nave, and keep them from constantly changing bulbs, which can only be accomplished by renting a lift - another added expense. The new lightbulbs should last 25 years! Well done!

Many churches in our diocese recycle, as does the Hulsey Episcopal Center in Lubbock. Positioning blue recycling bins in the parish hall and in office areas will help to cut down the amount of waste in the landfill. The Bishop's staff recycles a great deal of the waste they produce including paper, cardboard, soft drink cans, bottles, plastic, and even styrofoam! Texas Tech Recycling, located on the Texas Tech campus, will accept styrofoam for recycling, which is not common. 

StGeorgesGarden2Other parishes, such as St. George's Episcopal Church in Canyon, have community gardens that produce fresh food for the community. St. George's gardens also have a water catchment for pollinators, which includes monarch butterflies. View an article in Amarillo Globe-News.

If your parish has done something to lower the monthly electric bill, save energy, or encourage the planting of native, water-friendly plants, please send your story to the Communications office, to be shared with the diocese. 

It looks like it's going to be up to us to to maintain our "island home," and while your actions may seem small, imagine how impactful it might be if everyone did just a few things to help God's creation. 

For more information or resources about Stewardship of Creation, or ways to honor the earth, contact Deacon Nancy Igo in the Communications office.

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