Two PLR Churches Certified as Earth Care Congregations
Grace First, Long Beach, and St. Mark, Newport Beach, Presbyterian Churches have been certified as Earth Care Congregations by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Presbyterian Hunger Program. This honor speaks to the commitment that these churches have made to care for God’s earth.
The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden. To become Earth Care Congregations, they affirmed an Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into their worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
Started in 2010 by the PC(USA), the goal of this program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all aspects of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.
Grace First and St. Mark are two of the 292 churches in our denomination that chose to dedicate themselves to intentional care of God’s earth this year.
To learn more about their commitment to caring for God’s good creation visit:
Grace First: https://www.gracefirst.org/earth-care-congregation
St. Mark: https://www.stmarkpresbyterian.org/about/sustainability/
For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program visit www.pcusa.org/earthcarecongregations.