Racine Green Congregation
Fall meeting, October 5, 2013
Attendance: Twenty people representing eight congregations and organizations.
Opening and Introductions: David Rhoads
Featured speaker: Kate Field, Horticultural instructor, Gateway Technical Institute, Kenosha.
Subject: “Permaculture.” Three ethical principles: Care of the Earth; Care for people; and Fair Share. A basic concept is care for the soil. We need to restore the land around us. There are many opportunities in our county and on industrial properties where there is now turf grass that could be transformed with cultivation for food or the development of native savanna. Thanks, Kate!
Reports of congregations and organizations:
Olympia Brown Universalist Unitarian: Accredited as Green Sanctuary for seven years. People do a lot on their own and the committee keeps an eye on things. Doing some landscaping with native plants. In future want to address environmental issues when land around them is sold.
Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church: John Berge does a monthly column for the newletter. Replaced 118 fluorescent lamps. Received $10,000.00 grant from Focus on Energy to replace all incandescent bulbs with CFLs to save $7,600.00 per year.
Trinity United Methodist Church: Rummage sale with remainder donated. Seeking energy audit. Glad to have edible grapes on the site.
Emmaus Lutheran Church: Motion sensitive lights in many rooms and hallways. Major collection of recycled electronics from members.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection: Planted prairie on area of property with native trees and set up four learning pods. Looking for educational programs. Will show “Bag It!” on October 20. All are invited.
The Eco-Justice Center: Grain-growing workshop with tractor and hand plow. Planting winter wheat, oats, and peas. Showing “Bag It” on October 17, part of adult discussion series. Building a large tree house for their campers. Threshed winter wheat, turned it into flour, and made bread.
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church: Celebrated four Sundays of the Season of Creation together with Emmaus. Seeking Energy Star certification as House of Worship. Planning to do the Cool Congregation program. Developing policy related to Styrofoam.
Holy Communion Lutheran Church: Focused on outreach to community. Working on getting together a green team. Some light replacements.
· Kate Field encouraged congregations to consider student interns for relevant projects. To contact her, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
· Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Gateway sites.
· Cool Congregation Training: Home Energy Reduction Training Program: Saturday, November 2, 9:00 to 12:00. If you wish to send a team from your congregation for training, contact Dave Rhoads. email@example.com. Participants committed: Holy Communion Lutheran Church; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection; Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church; Trinity United Methodist Church; Emmaus Lutheran Church; The Eco-Justice Center; Saint Andrew Lutheran Church;
Closing: Rev. Jeanne Jones, Trinity United Methodist Church.
Next Racine Green Congregation program meetings: Mark your calendars. Programs TBA.
February 8, 2014. 8:30 to 10:00 Saturday at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church.
April 5, 2014 8:30 to 10:00 Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church.