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Earthday Sunday 2010 resource
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Washington, January 7, 2010 -- The 2010 Earth Day Sunday Resource, Sacred Spaces and an Abundant Life: Worship Spaces as Stewardship is available now to help congregations prepare for and celebrate stewardship of God’s Creation in their house of worship. 

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Excerpts from the resource:

Dedication to God: Sacred Spaces as Ministry

The people of Israel gave free will offerings for the building of the temple, recognizing that all they had already belonged to God (1 Chronicles 29: 11-14). The sanctuary of the congregation—the place we build to worship and glorify God—truly belongs to God. When we choose to maintain and run our religious facilities, our sacred places of worship and ministry, in ways that honor God, we remember that we are but stewards of these sacred spaces that belong to God.

Good stewardship of our sacred spaces—whether they be a small rural church, a camp and conference center, a religious school, an urban ministry run out of rented building, or a large suburban church—involves ecological stewardship, fiscal discipline, and social justice responsibility.

Good building stewardship includes, but isn’t limited to:

• Energy efficiency and conservation

• Reducing toxic materials and products

• Water conservation

• Land and habitat conservation

Energy efficiency and conservation. By reducing energy use, you can reduce air pollution and carbon emissions as well as reduce the church’s operating expenses, leaving more funds for mission. Since a majority of U.S. electricity is generated from coal and gas (non-renewable energy sources), energy use not only creates pollution and harms God’s Earth, but also harms God’s people. Coal mining causes adverse health impacts for workers and communities living near the mine, including lung disorders such as black lung and asthma. Communities surrounding oil refineries suffer from skin irritations and lung disorders such as asthma.

Energy conservation is a significant way to be a good steward of Creation, practice good fiscal stewardship, and help vulnerable populations from adverse health impacts.

Simple ways churches can reduce energy:

• Install programmable thermostats

• Weatherize church buildings

• Lower the temperature of your hot water heater

• Replace broken appliances with energy efficient models

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