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The Episcopal Ecological Network (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 the provinces of the Episcopal Church USA. 

One of the activities of the Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) is to educate ourselves about the issues before us.  We feel it is necessary to gain a deepening knowledge of the theological and spiritual issues, as well as scientific and practical ecological issues. This newsletter provides information on activities and plans throughout the EpEN.




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EpEN Quarterly Electronic Newsletter

2nd Quarter 2006: 75th General Convention


This is a quarterly update of news and information about activities of interest to the Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN). This issue is looking at activities and legislation at the 75th General Convention pertaining to matters of concern to the EpEN.


Map of Province 1



Steve MacAusland



Steve MacAusland of the Diocese of Massachussets and Massachusetts Interaith Power and Light has secured a booth for the EpEN at General Convention. If you will be at any of the 75th General Convention, stop by and visit with Steve and the Rev Wanda Copeland (Province VI), who will be covering the booth.

There are no environmental or ecojustice resolutions coming from Province One.





Map of Province 2



The Rev Fletcher Harper



As a deputy (from the Diocese of Newark) Martha Gardner will be submitting a resolution which asks the General Convention to endorse (and then perhaps asks provinces, dioceses and congregations to support or implement) the recommendations from the April 2005 Statement to the Anglican Communion from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN), as endorsed by the ACC at its June 2005 meeting. The advantage is, it once again puts in front of the church our responsibility to DO something AND it raises awareness of the ACEN. Not a bad idea to show that the networks of the ACC continue to do work, as the rest of the Communion deal with other issues!

Text of any resolutions Martha proposes will be available on the floor of the House of Deputies when she introduces them. There are no other known environmental or ecojustice resolutions coming from Province Two.



Map of Province 3



Elizabeth Sedlins
Beverly Meeker




There is one environmental or ecojustice resolution coming from Province Three:

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington approved a resolution on environmental stewardship at its annual convention. The resolution encourages the Diocese’s 93 parishes to become more aware of the environmental consequences of their energy use and to participate with Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light.

In addition, the Diocese is sponsoring a similar resolution for consideration at General Convention this summer. The text of that resolution is on the EpEN Website.



Map of Province 4



Joyce Wilding


Province 4 Webpage on the environment




Bishop Mark Andrus and Joyce Wilding led the Environmental Track at the Value, Vision and the Via Media: a path to action 2005 Conference in Washington DC at the National Cathedral. Joyce Wilding provided an overview of Environmental Session during the opening session of the Conference and gave a statement about how Environmental issues impact the poor and marginalized in the closing session. Bishop Andrus from the Diocese of Alabama, founder of the Creation Stewardship Team in his diocese, leader of the Alabama Black Belt Roundtable Environmental & Social Justice Project and the author of Province of Sewanee IV - Pastoral Letter on the Care of Creation described ways to put "A Face" on ecological concerns in his keynote address. He presented highlights of the Pastoral letter that asks all parishes to take seriously stewardship of God's Creation, the theology of earth stewardship, the imminent earth crisis that demands our attention as stewards and companions of the earth. Bishop Andrus nad Joyce encouraged all environmental ministry groups to promote the Millennium Development Goals and to learn how the Episcopal leaders in several networks address these.

Nineteen of twenty dioceses of Prov IV have one or more environmental ministry team leaders. Many are promoting better care of watersheds. Some are using the Prov IV Living Waters/Water of Baptisms resources materials. All dioceses have been asked to report how they are promoting the water resolution adopted at the 2003 General Convention. Joyce along with other Environmental Ministry Leaders is tracking the implementation of this resolution that asks every parish to find ways to:

  • protect and enhance our watersheds, restore water quality and a national water resolution that asks: when and where possible, install water saving devices such as low-flow commodes and aspirators on sink faucets to conserve water. Replant parish campuses and home gardens with native plants and trees that are drought-tolerant and have low requirements for water. Devise drainage systems that allow rainwater to flow from gutters and drainpipes to spread onto lawn and landscaped areas of parish campus and in home gardens, thereby reducing water lost to sewer systems. Learn how some churches and their members are using rain barrels. Pave new or repave existing parking lots with materials that are pervious so that water penetrates and is sequestered in soil beneath parking area - reducing automotive oil and other automotive fluids in our local streams.
  • From May 2006-2007 Prov IV leaders will examine ways to work with Anglican leaders around the world to promote better care of fresh water, water rights/rights of water, and greater understanding about water privatization. Much of this work will enhanced by the Sewanee ENTREAT Science & Religion Year III Water Ethics and Conservation and programs - click to learn more.

Joyce Wilding, will make a presentation at the International Conference on Rivers and Civilization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Major River Systems, June 25-28, 2006. Key information about the LSI Metanexus program and networks will be included in her paper, Protecting and Healing Rivers One Watershed at a Time: Secular and Religious Collaborative Programs. This presentation and conference networking will expand national attention to our ENTREAT work as has Wilding's Collaborative Science & Religion Programs in Southeast U : Beyond Scopes Trial Metanexus June 2005 Conference paper.

The ENTREAT Executive Team is pursuing options hosting a national conference for science and religion leaders, who want to learn how to use A Catechism of Creation: an Episcopal Understanding prepared by the Committee on Science, Technology and Faith. This Catechism provides highest quality research and writing that has been approved by science and religion experts of the Episcopal Church and praised by several science and religion program leaders including the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) and Jim Miller, senior program associate of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Miller considers the Catechism of Creation a gift to the mainline Protestant Christian community and a clear affirmation of creation theology that is fully cognizant of and consistent with the best contemporary scientific understanding of nature. Several national science and religion leaders think this Catechism can help bring the science and theology dialogue, strong in the academic world, into local worshiping communities. Complementary workshops, presentations and education resources can elicit science and theology dialogue in action. Schneider, the document's principal author, adds that using the Catechism of Creation in parish adult forums could provide a service to local communities when informed parishioners speak up at local school board meetings. A Christian witness from Episcopalians that affirms creation and supports good science education influence both court and school board decisions.

The Catechism is especially important for our youth, who want to go into a science-related field, but often feel they can't talk about their faith in scientific circles. This Episcopal document should help them. Scientists are pleased when they realize that not all Christians are pushing a literalist or fundamentalist belief agenda, especially about creation. As the resurgence in attempts to dictate curriculum to school districts and controversy about creationism and ID expand, the Catechism becomes a more beneficial teaching tool for both parishioners and for members of the communities.
The Catechism provides a foundation for a more extensive study of theology of creation and of the relationship of modern science to Christian faith. It is composed of three sections:

  • Part I Theology of Creation - the Bible's basic doctrine of creation.
  • Part II Creation and Science - the modern scientific worldview, including the Big Bang, contemporary theologies of an evolving creation, and challenges to the evolutionary paradigm posed by young earth creationism and the "intelligent design" movement.
  • Part III Caring for Creation - the biblical roots of creation care, summaries of the threats to earth's environment, and ways that individual Christians and congregations might carry out our divine commission to care for the creation in the light of these challenges.

Joyce Wilding



Map of Province 5



Josephine Powell


Nothing Significant to Report.





Map of Province 6



The Rev Wanda Copeland
Chuck Morello




The Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota passed resolution calling for the celebration of a season of creation and requested that the 75th General Convention consider a similar resolution. Text of the resolution is on the website of the Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC).




Map of Province 7







Nothing Significant to Report.

If you are interested in being the contact for Province 7, please send an e-mail to




Map of Province 8




The Rev Sally Bingham
Alice Speers





Readers might like to know that General Convention will be a "climate neutral" convention. We have arranged to purchase enough green-e certified wind tags to offset 741.3 tons of carbon that we will generate through heating and cooling the buildings. The money goes to build wind turbines on Native American land in either South Dakota or Alaska. "Climate neutral" is a way of showing by example that we can have less of a detrimental impact on Columbus, Ohio than if we did business as usual. For information on how we did this go to and click on windbuilders. Native Energy information will be at the EpEN booth.

Sally Bingham



Skip Vilas
Peter Kreitler
Jeff Golliher





Nothing Significant to report.




Additional Resolutions





The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston (Episcopal Divinity School) will be submitting a resolution concerning Global Warming. Text is available on the EpEN Website. This resolution will probably start in the House of Bishops.

TheCommittee on Science, Technology and Faith has submitted a resolution on . It is on the Agenda as Resolution A130. Text of this resolution is available on the General Convention Website.










Take time to visit he EpEN Website. This issue we recommend the Conferences, Retreats, and Meetings Page. If you have information to share on upcoming events in your area, please send an e-mail to:

The EpEN also seeks individuals interested in being contacts within Provinces and Diocese as well as individuals interested in reseaching and writing about topics of interest. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to: or

The next issue will come out in late Summer with information of interest and concern from events at General Convention and in the world.

Please direct comments about this newsletter to Chuck Morello.

Chuck Morello
EpEN Webminister

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