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The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN)

Caring for God's Creation: Called to be Stewards
part of The Episcopal Church, USA

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If you would like to find out more about the Episcopal Ecological Network, please click on the links below.
Contact information:

Episcopal Ecological Network
c/o C. Morello
1375 Residence Drive

Newark, OH 43055 USA
e-mail the EpEN Chair
[please remove the square brackets from the address before sending]



Green Team Frequently Asked Questions

What does being green have to do with the church?

Throughout the Bible, God calls us not just to be good stewards, but to love and rejoice in the creation, as God does. Jesus loved the natural world and went into the wilderness to grow closer to God, as well as warning us against many of the actions that lead to environmental devastation, particularly buying and hoarding too many goods. God gave us clear directions on how to relate to the Creation and to our fellow human beings in our use of resources. As a culture in North America, we've overstepped those bounds fairly regularly, and people and the earth are suffering as a result. It is at the heart of our faith to repent – to turn away from destructive behaviors, and to act humbly in ways, which God has shown to us. Our devastation of the created world and our injustice to one another in the way that we use the earth is a clear place where our faith as Christians calls us to take action. "Being green" is a secular way of saying, live faithfully – with restraint, with concern for justice, and with love, rather than exploitation and selfishness. When we apply those principles to our use of natural resources and to our economy, we can restore justice and abundance in the earth. It does take a while! The grace of God is that you get to feel the change to freedom and abundance in your own life very quickly, even though redeeming the world as a whole is rather a bigger project. One which requires a church – or, as environmentalists say, a green team!



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The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church. Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA. The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action.

If you would like to contact any of these groups or to find out more about the EpEN, please click on the links on the left.

last update:  2012-05-07

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