Meetings and Events

FALL MEETING, 2014 (Click here for full report).

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:00 at the Eco-Justice Center

Program: Discussion of plans for Greening Racine

16 people representing 9 congregations and organizations

SPRING MEETING, 2014 (Click Here for a full report)

Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:00 at Christ Methodist Church

Program: “Earth-friendly Lawn Care: What it is and How to do it.” Presented by Alison Chernouski of the Root Pike Watershed Initiative Network.

15 people representing 8 congregations and organizations

WINTER MEETING, 2012 (Click here for a full report]

Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 8:30 to 10:00 at Christ United Methodist Church

Program: Peter Bakken of the Interfaith power and Light in Madison: "The Cool Congregation Program

35 people representing 13 congregations and organizations


FALL MEETING, 2011 (Click here for the Full Report)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 8:30 TO 10:00 at the Racine Eco-Jusitce Center 


Over 30 people present representing 11 organizations.

Spring Meeting, 2011(Report)
May 7 from 8:30 to 10:00 at Covenant Presbyterian Church 40 Ohio Street, Racine
22 participants representing 8 congregations
Opening Devotion: Rev. Mary Janz, Pastor of Emmaus Lutheran gave out Swiss Chards seeds and Sunflower seeds along with directions for planting. We spoke together a "Blessing of the Seeds"
Program: Jon Young representing WE Energies. Special presentation for congregations to reduce energy, save money, and lower carbon footprint. WE Energies offers congregations free energy assessments, reports with recommendations, some free energy saving devices, and many incentives on products to reduce energy. This is a no brainer!! Even if you have done this before, it is worthwhile doing it again and taking it to the next level. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. For more information, click here and go to the WE Energies Web site link for small businesses. Key learning: If you have not done the WE Energies energy assessment in the last three years, do it again. New benefits are offered.
Plus reports from congregations (see below). Refreshments served.
Closing devotion: Rev. Tony Larson, Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist, invited us to join him in a version of the Lord's prayer to "Mother Earth."
Reports from Congregations:

Trinity United Methodist: Using Green Cups, raised $560.00 from ink cartridge recycling. Held "Taking Care of Mother Earth" Panel discussion (on Mother’s day); will collect neckties for reuse on Father’s day.

Covenant Presbyterian: Cleared invasive buckthorn from property. Planted Oak trees. Chuck and Barbara Albee made pilgrimage to Aldo Leopold’s “shack.”

Resurrection Lutheran: Showed six series video Earthbound. Trying to cut extensive mowing in half. Purchased Aldo Leopold Video (available for $20.00). In back property, developing a nature preserve for native plants and birds, with shaded area for classes. Will celebrate June as transportation month with each week involving such things as challenges, prizes, and a demonstration of green cars from local dealers.

First Presbyterian: Replaced old bulbs with new CFLs. Turned down heat. Teens recycle ink cartridges. Put in a perennial garden in small lawn area for beauty and to save mowing.

Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist: Sponsored discussion group of Northwest Earth Institute’s Just Food materials.

Emmaus Lutheran: Recycling center for ink cartridges, home batteries, cell phones, eyeglasses, plastic bags. Lighting projects.

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Winter Meeting, 2011 (Report)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 from 8:30 to 10:00.
Trinity United Methodist Church
Erie Street
    Opening Devotion
    Presentation of website:
    Discussion of projects for spring 2011
    Wild Root Initiative in Racine
    Focus on Energy work in Southeast Wisconsin
    Closing Devotion
Report: 18 people were present, representing the following congregations and organizations: Christ United Methodist Church; Eco-Justice Center of the Dominican Sisters; Emmaus Lutheran Church; First Presbyterian Church; Hopes Center; Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church; Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Congregation; Resurrection Lutheran Church; St. Andrew Lutheran Church; St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church; Trinity United Methodist Church.  
Fall Meeting: October 9, 2010 (Report)
Saturday, October 9 from 8:30am to 10:00am
At  First Presbyterian Church,  716  College Ave.

Report: Eleven people were present and the following congregations were represented:  Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, First Presbyterian Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, and Olympia Brown Unitarian-Universalist Church.