Environmental Working Group

Environmental Working Group

Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission of the Diocese of Oregon is a group of lay and clergy leaders of the diocese who focus on environmental issues from the perspective of a people of faith. The Commission’s mission is:

  • To inspire the Diocese to celebrate the beauty, mystery, sacredness and generosity of God’s creation.
  • To raise awareness both within and outside the Church on the urgency and importance of caring for the environment.
  • To educate the members of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon about current environmental issues, and how those issues effect the continued livability of our region and our world.
  • To emphasize models of ministry that incorporate protection, preservation, and sustainable use of God’s creation.

The commission offers courses and workshops on "simplicity as compassion," climate change, and how congregations can make a difference. We also offer resources that provide congregations with ideas in the areas of energy efficiency and climate change, clean and accessible water, simplicity, environmental justice, food issues, and environmental health, as well as how to develop a "green team". Liturgical materials are available for St. Francis Day, Earth Day, and Rogation Days. Materials are available as library resources, downloadable prayers, and liturgies on the website.

Environmental News

Resources available to observe and honor Earth Day April 22

Online resources, lesson plans for children, and bulletin inserts are among the items assembled by The Episcopal Church for understanding and honoring Earth Day, April 22 by congregations and individuals.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 for awareness, understanding and support of the environment.  Since that time, it has been an annual event, celebrated worldwide on April 22.

Among the resources:

For more information, contact Jayce Hafner, Episcopal Church Domestic Policy Analyst.



Peter Sergienko
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