The Common Good
November-December 2000

Who's Who on the Christian Green Scene?

by Lois Ann Lorentzen | November-December 2000

The most effective Christian eco-groups are leaner and less hampered by unwieldy church bureaucracies.

The Columbia River Pastoral Letter Project was initiated by seven Catholic bishops of the Pacific Northwest and Canada to promote a highly innovative, just, and sustainable way for the people of the Columbia River watershed to live peaceably with the river. Contact: (206) 729-3737 or www.columbiariver.org.

Earth Ministry publishes the highly acclaimed ecumenical mini-journal Earth Letter, and provides an extensive list of videos, must-read books, and resources for worship. Contact: (206) 632-2426 or www.earthministry.org.

The Eco-Justice Working Group is the environmental arm of the National Council of Churches. It is leading the way on environmental racism and host programs highlighting the greening of the Black churches and Christian Orthodox churches. Contact: (212) 870-2385 or www.webofcreation.org/ncc/Workgrp.html.

The U.S. Catholic Conference's Environmental Justice Program supplies various environmental statements from Catholic bishops, public policy backgrounders, and the St. Francis Recognition Award for encouraging green parishes. Contact: (202) 541-3000 or www.nccbuscc.org/sdwp/ejp.

The Environmental Stewardship and Hunger Education Program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America emphasizes rural earthkeeping and has simple, clear fact sheets on topics like "environmental tithing" and "conservation tips for church-related conventions." Contact: 1-800-NET-ELCA, ext. 2708 or www.elca.org/dcs/hunger.html.

Episcopal Power and Light encourages churches to shop for clean, renewable energy, and is taking advantage of recent utility deregulation by helping churches and individuals purchase green power. EPL powered the recent Episcopal General Convention—a gathering of 15,000 people—entirely by wind energy. Currently, 60 California churches are following EPL's lead, as are others around the country. Contact: (415) 673-5015, ext. 335 or www.theregenerationproject.org.

Evangelical Environmental Network was initiated by World Vision and Evangelicals for Social Action. It publishes Creation Care magazine (formerly Green Cross) and makes available resources such as "Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Non-Human Creatures," "Evangelicals, Eschatology, and the Environment," and a checklist for church energy conservation. Contact: Michael Crook, 10 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, PA 19096-3495 or www.creationcare.org.

Floresta is an evangelical nonprofit working to reverse the spread of deforestation and poverty in the world through sustainable agriculture, forestry, and microenterprise credit programs. It publishes The Sower and is working with DotPlanet to provide a green-minded Internet server. Contact: 1-800-633-5319 or www.floresta.org.

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is a crossroads for Jewish, Catholic, Evangelical, and Protestant environmental work. Its Web site links to a number of hopeful projects, like Episcopal Power and Light in California. Contact: (212) 316-7441 or www.nrpe.org.

The North American Coalition for Christianity and Ecology produces Earthkeeping News and has an excellent interactive calendar of regional events on Christianity and the environment. Contact: (612) 698-0349 or www.nacce.org.

Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation, an interfaith network dedicated to preserving public forests, has a great collection of environmental writings from major religions and several Christian denominations. Contact: (707) 573-3162 or www.creationethics.org.

Target Earth International was launched by the Christian Environmental Association. It publishes Target Earth magazine, hosts the Global Education Institute and Global Stewardship Study Program, and sponsors the Eden Conservancy that combats deforestation in Central America and Lasting Impressions Wilderness Training for youth in Zimbabwe. Contact: (925) 462-2439 or www.targetearth.org.

Wild Hope-Sierra Treks/Littlefoot Expeditions hosts outback trips to threatened wildlands in southern Oregon and provides a Christian theology wilderness experience. Contact: Dave Willis, 15187 Green Springs Highway, Ashland, OR 97520; (541) 482-0526.

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