CWP Congregational Leaders Meet to Share Updates and Ideas
There are currently 15 congregations in Michigan with active Climate Witness Project teams! On Jan. 25, Woodlawn CRC in Grand Rapids hosted a meeting of the leaders of 12 of these teams, along with visitors from several interested congregations, to share ideas and experiences. The participants reviewed what has already been accomplished and what they hope do in the future within the framework of the four CWP pillars: energy stewardship, worship, education, and advocacy.
Great things have been happening in these CWP congregations. Many of them have taken advantage of free assessment/lighting upgrades offered by Consumers Energy. Woodlawn CRC launched a film series. Church of the Servant CRC in Grand Rapids pursued (and eventually achieved) ENERGY STAR Certification. Alger Park CRC in Grand Rapids offered a three-part adult education series on climate change. Several congregations shared their experiences working with Plaster Creek Stewards to install bioswales and rain gardens with native plantings. Other congregations shared their experiences with recycling, composting, managing community gardens, partnering with other organizations like the Sierra Club, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and a host of other projects. It was both informative and inspiring to hear about all the good work being accomplished by CWP teams!
The sharing was so beneficial, in fact, that we decided to continue to meet on a quarterly basis. Our next meeting will be at Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids on April 17 at 7 p.m. Please attend if you are curious about how congregations are addressing climate change or if your congregation/organization is interested in becoming involved in the Climate Witness Project.