EARTH CARE PLEDGE

The Social Justice and Peacemaking Unit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in consultation with congregations and presbyteries across the denomination, developed a five-part resolution as a model for mobilizing congregations to respond to the General Assembly’s “CALL TO RESTORE THE CREATION.” The resolution was simplified to a four-part pledge in 2010.

Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.

  1. Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
  2. In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
  3. Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
  4. Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE FOR THE EARTH?

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Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it.  This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden (Genesis 2:15), as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable.  Because of their love for Christ who is firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), churches are challenged to live in a manner consistent with God’s call to not only care for creation, but commune with creation.


FPCP’s Earth Care Certification

Earth News

 


How can YOU participate in
the FPCP Earth Care Programs?

Dishwashing Help Offered:

  • As we move toward being more earth-friendly, we would like to offer our services to any events within the church (receptions, funerals, breakfasts, etc.) using real plates from the kitchen or recyclable plastic plates & silverware.  Our dishwashing team would either use the dishwasher for the real dishes or rinse and recycle the plastic ones.  If you are interested in utilizing these services, please indicate this on your Room Reservation form.

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Recycling Resources

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Information/Collection Dates

(2020 Household Hazardous Waste Flier coming soon)

 Other Opportunities for Recycling

Wondering where you can take those unusual items that are still useful and don’t belong in your recycling bin? Do you have things you want to recycle but they aren’t accepted in your curbside bin? Need to recycle some old electronics but can’t wait until the hazardous waste days?

Here are some places you can take advantage of to keep things out of the landfill.

Scrap: Creative Re-Use in Ann Arbor

The Scrap Box will accept donations of a wide variety of items you might otherwise throw away. They have extensive lists of things they accept including arts and craft supplies, office supplies, and other items that can be used in creative ways. Have a collection of scrapbooking supplies, wine corks, trophies or silk flowers you no longer want? Bring them to the Scrap Box collection center at 4567 Washtenaw Ave. in Ann Arbor. They accept donations Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Call them at 734-800-4137 with questions.

All items donated to the Scrap Box are sorted and then made available for creative individuals or groups to purchase at affordable prices. By reusing materials instead of buying new, you’re keeping them out of the landfill and helping to keep God’s creation cleaner.

Check out their website for more information: https://annarbor.scrapcreativereuse.org/

Recycle Ann Arbor

Recycle Ann Arbor accepts items that you may not be able to put in your curbside bin. Items like styrofoam, automotive and rechargeable batteries, motor oil and filters, small household appliances and Christmas lights can be recycled here. Their website has an ‘A to Z Recycling Guide’ with a search function that will enable you to determine if they accept your unusual item. There is a $3 per carload fee at the drop off station. The drop-off center is located at 2950 East Ellsworth Rd in Ann Arbor. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 6:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:00am – 6:00pm.  Call them at 734-971-7400 with questions.

Recycle Ann Arbor also has a resale shop called the Reuse Center. The Reuse Center helps to keep reusable items out of the landfill. You can donate items here or shop here if our Presbyterian Thrift Shop doesn’t have what you need. The Reuse Center is located at 2420 South Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor. They are open Tuesdays – Fridays from 10:ooam – 6:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and and Sundays from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Call them at  734-222-7880 with questions.

Check out their website for more information: https://www.recycleannarbor.org/

MRM E-Cycling Management

MRM is a website that will help you identify where you can take electronics to be recycled based on your zip code. Items you may be able to bring for recycling include TVs, computers, computer monitors, and projectors. They recommend calling the identified recycler before traveling there.

Check out their website for more information: http://www.mrmrecycling.com/

Presbyterians for Earth Care Facebook Page

Are you a Facebook user? Then you might enjoy the Presbyterians for Earth Care Facebook Page. Check it out and follow them.

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Current FPCP Recycling Programs


FPCP Presbyterians for Earth Care meets the fourth Tuesday of the month (excluding December) in the Hearth Room through June.  We welcome new attendees to the group anytime!!

Please check the Earth Care bulletin board for monthly activity updates.


 For more information about the Earth Care program,
visit the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation page.