Expanding Green Churches to the West



Calgary, February 20, 2017 - The Director of the Green Churches Network, Norman Lévesque, returns from a second visit to Alberta. He gave ten talks in 10 days in Calgary and surrounding communities. He took the opportunity of networking with pastors and members of various churches during a two-day ecumenical event entitled "GROUNDED: Faith, Mission and Caring for Creation ". The Green Churches Network was a partner in this event which was a first in this oil and cattle province.

On February 17 and 18, the Grounded Conference brought together nearly 90 people to discuss eco-theology and explore practical ways to reduce the ecological footprint of their church. The objectives of the Grounded Conference were the same as those featured in the plenary conferences organized by the Green Churches Network in Montreal (2010), Drummondville (2012) and Quebec City (2015). Mr. Lévesque, as part of a panel with six other pastors, presented the benefits reaped when churches of various denominations work together to take care of Creation. At this event, he gave a conference on the encyclical Laudato Si’ and another on the tools offered by the Green Churches Network.

Thanks to these meetings, new collaborative projects are on the horizon between the Green Churches Network and "A Rocha", an ecumenical organization based in Vancouver involving Christians who do organic farming and restore natural habitats. Also, a discussion with Mr. Jeremy Bell of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada opened the door to working with a Christian denomination underrepresented in the Green Churches Network. Both organizations have indicated their desire to promote the Green Churches Network in British Columbia.

In the week preceding the Grounded Conference, the Catholic Diocese of Calgary invited Mr. Lévesque to speak at several Catholic churches in Medecine Hat, Lethbridge and Calgary. A number of these eight churches have pledged to register with the Network in the coming weeks. There was a palpable energy and enthusiasm felt in these Christian communities who want to translate their concern for Creation into action. Moreover, the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Calgary wants to go green and will tender its registration in the Network shortly. Among those met by Mr. Lévesque some have expressed their readiness to become regional representatives of the Green Churches Network. 

In this magical year of Canada's 150th anniversary, our organization lays the groundwork for its expansion in the West!  May our “Home and Native Land” become more and more cherished and protected by the Christians who live here.

THE INDIGENOUS BISHOP OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
AT THE GREEN CHURCHES FORUM

Ottawa, February 13, 2017 - The Green Churches Forum, to be held on May 11 at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, will have a wonderful keynote speaker: The Right Rev. Mark MacDonald. He  will give the talk entitled "Celebrating the Spirit of Creation". The Right Rev. Mark MacDonald became the Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in 2007. He is a third order Franciscan. He contributed to many publications, including "Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation".

The theme of our Forum is "Celebrating the Spirit of Creation". We want to celebrate in conjunction with the celebrations taking place throughout the National Capital for Canada's 150th anniversary. As believers we see Creation manifested in abundance in our home and native land. This event will be like a thanksgiving for the beauty and greatness of God's work from coast to coast to coast.

The opening conference by indigenous bishop Mark MacDonald will be followed by workshops on topics related to spirituality, education and action. During the break for a “green” lunch, it will be possible to visit the kiosks of various ecological organizations that work as stewards of Creation. Other workshops will be presented after lunch, and the day will end with a beautiful ecumenical celebration.

This fourth Forum organized by the Green Churches Network follows those held in Montreal (2010), Drummondville (2012) and Quebec City (2015). Begun in 2006 in Montreal, the Green Churches Network presently numbers more than 60 churches of various denominations. As the mission of the organization covers Canada in its entirety, the National Capital is the best choice for a meeting site in this anniversary year.

Registrations will be accepted beginning in March.

For more information, visit http://forum.greenchurches.ca
or contact us at 1-844-490-6464

Lent is a time of year when one tries to live a little more soberly, inspired by the 40-day fast that Jesus did in the wilderness. At this moment in time when the work of God is threatened, Christians are invited to convert and change their behavior to reduce their footprint on Creation.

 

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As indicated on the Lenten Calendar 2017, you can also subscribe to the newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to experience Lent as you have never experienced it before.

 

This paper version of the Lenten Calendar 2017 is sent across Canada to all church groups and schools of all Christian denominations. The eldest will see an inspiring and concrete way of living Lent. The youngest will be able to share easily what they believe in thanks to the hashtags (#) on social media.

 

Wishing you an ecological and inspiring Lent!

THE FEDERAL MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
AT THE GREEN CHURCHES FORUM

Ottawa, January 10, 2017 - The Green Churches Forum, to be held on May 11 at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, will host a distinguished guest: the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change. She wants to show her support to Canadian churches of all denominations as spiritual and moral leaders in their efforts to reduce their ecological footprint. She will say a few words at the opening of the Forum and will be on hand to meet and exchange with participants.

The theme of our Forum is "Celebrating the Spirit of Creation". We want to celebrate in conjunction with the celebrations taking place throughout the National Capital for Canada's 150th anniversary. As believers we see Creation manifested in abundance in our home and native land. This event will be like a thanksgiving for the beauty and greatness of God's work from coast to coast to coast.

The opening conference by a noted Canadian spiritual and ecological figure will be followed by workshops on topics related to spirituality, education and action. During the break for a “green” lunch, it will be possible to visit the kiosks of various ecological organizations that work as stewards of Creation. Other workshops will be presented after lunch, and the day will end with a beautiful ecumenical celebration.

This fourth Forum organized by the Green Churches Network follows those held in Montreal (2010), Drummondville (2012) and Quebec City (2015). Begun in 2006 in Montreal, the Green Churches Network presently numbers more than 60 churches of various denominations. As the mission of the organization covers Canada in its entirety, the National Capital is the best choice for a meeting site in this anniversary year.

Registrations will be accepted beginning in March.

For more information, visit http://forum.greenchurches.ca
or contact us at 1-844-490-6464

Collaboration with Environment Canada


Novembre 15, 2016, Ottawa - The director of the Green Churches Network, Norman Lévesque, shown here at the Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change just after a meeting with a top official. At the end of September, we were invited by the environment minister, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, to explore avenues of closer collaboration because “churches are a sector of society often neglected in environmental education”. 

 

This first meeting began with an assessment of the real needs of churches in environmental matters. Increasing awareness about the current and future impacts of climate change along with developing tools which engage the interests and concerns of the faithful are places to start. This would be followed by an examination of the actual church buildings. Churches must be offered the possibility of carrying out an energy efficiency audit before they can move on to making modifications to reduce energy and water consumption. In cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the actualization of such projects in the coming months becomes possible.

 

Mr. Lévesque also invited Minister McKenna to the upcoming Green Churches Conference to be held in May 2017 in Ottawa. She very much wants to be there so as to demonstrate her keen support for churches taking the plunge to become “greener”.

 

Green Churches in Alberta


November 8, 2016, Calgary – After a week spent making the mission of the Green Churches Network better known to Albertans, the director, Norman Lévesque, returned to the national office in Laval. He had been invited by the Calgary diocesan CEFFA (ceffa.ca) office to give a workshop during the annual Faith Congress. This activity enabled French-speaking faithful from all over the province to get to know the Network. The opening address of the Congress was given by the theologian and environmentalist, Fr. André Beauchamp, who is on the Board of Directors of the Green Churches Network.

In Calgary, Mr. Lévesque extended an invitation to Holy Family Parish to join the Green Churches Network. He also attended the Sunday service at the Robert McClure United Church where over 40 church members stayed on to experience a Green Churches Workshop. Pastor Kelly Osgood was happy to welcome the participation of Catholic members of Development and Peace in this workshop. This church also hosts a community garden with some 40 plots. Impressive!

Mr. Lévesque also gave a Green Churches Workshop to the parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Edmonton who really want to take care of God’s Creation. The bike stand at the church entrance is easy to find because of its bright colours.

Mr. Lévesque also visited the offices of the Anglican and the Catholic dioceses of Calgary as well as the
Calgary Presbytery of the United Church. These contacts pave the way for future collaborative efforts, notably a series of Green Church Workshops in February 2017.

The director benefited from his trip to Alberta to spend a day in the Canadian Rockies where he also procured a rare book documenting how Canadian glaciers are receding which will be a valuable resource in producing an educational tool on the impact of climate change in Canada.

The Green Churches Network was able to sow some seeds in the autumn of 2016. Let us ask God to bless them and to help them bear much fruit.

A new updated website for the Green Churches Network

www.GreenChurches.ca


               Laval, August 12 2016 - The Green Churches Network launches a new website to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The new website is an essential source of information for those who want to start going green in their Christian community, as well as a means to enable the registration of religious communities within the Network. A lot of energy was invested to make the new website more attractive, intuitive and user-friendly. This new website makes it easier to locate the registered religious communities across Canada, either by category, by province or by denomination.

 

 A plentiful variety of resources can be accessed on the site by browsing on the tabs: "spirituality", "education" and "action”. Numerous tools to help churches continue their progress in the fields of ecology and eco-spirituality are also available. In addition, it contains articles recounting the achievements of each registered church. Finally, the new website contains a "News" section, where it is possible to consult all the press releases related to the Green Churches Network.

 

Going further, the Green Churches Network website makes it possible to purchase a toolkit and an instructional DVD online. In addition, visitors can explore the conferences organized by the Network, with contributions from various speakers, and can invite the director, Norman Lévesque, to give a Green Churches  conference, workshop or training. The new website makes it possible to access the online store to order Green Churches Fair Trade coffee, mugs, and educational tools. With the new website, the Green Churches Network offers a simplified and attractive experience to registered religious communities and encourages the registration of new churches.

 

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A Montrealer in New Orleans…

For his faith and for the climate


NEW ORLEANS (USA) / LAVAL (CANADA), June 22, 2016
– A young Montrealer, Norman Lévesque, and 60 other faith leaders have gathered in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) for leadership training and much more.  The June 20th to 24th session is a coming together of many voices and many visions coalescing in a powerful and effective network. It’s a gathering of emerging leaders who want to translate their religious beliefs into meaningful action for the protection of the environment.

 
New Orleans and the surrounding areas serve as a classroom during the Convergence, and its religious and community leaders are the instructors and guides. Held at the beautiful and historic Tulane University, the North American Convergence brings together leaders, ages 21 to 35, from diverse religious and spiritual traditions.  Participants are learning about climate justice, visiting communities in New Orleans and the Bayou that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and still under threat from rising sea levels.  Participants will hear accounts of the resilience and methods of responses of these communities, and receive training to help develop the skills to become better religious-environmental leaders.  Additional training will be offered digitally before and after the Convergence to help participants refine their voices and their skills.

 

The New Orleans’ Convergence is one in a series of Convergences which Green Faith is holding for religious-environmental leaders from the millennial generation. It follows last June’s Convergence in Rome, where 110 people from 30 countries came together. Organizers are considering Montreal as a possible location for next year’s Convergence, with the Green Churches Network as a major partner.

 

 

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True to our mission as an environmental organization, the Green Curches Network  offers you the chance to make the world a greener and more equitable place. Through our partnership with Santropol coffee roasters, located in Montreal, we can provide you with our own blend of fair trade gourmet coffee. 

With every cup of our fair trade organic coffee, you help Canadian churches reduce their ecological footprint and make sure small-scale organic coffee producers in Latin America receive a fair price for their product.

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The Green Churches Network is proud to offer a fair trade coffee certified by the Small Producers symbol (SPP.coop). The first and only Fair Trade system created and governed by the small producers of South America. Here is why we prefer SPP:

 

  1. Minimum sustainable prices payable to producers by buyers are significantly higher than in the old system (in the case of organic coffee, now $2.20/lb as compared to $1.90).
  2. Administrative costs and fees payable to the foundation by producers are less than a quarter of the amount currently assessed by the old system.
  3. Administrative costs and fees payable to the foundation by buyers are less than half of the amount currently assessed by the old system.
  4. One third of all fees paid to the Foundation are to be reinvested in participating producer cooperatives.
  5. Inspections of producer cooperatives are performed in a respectful, supportive and consultative spirit by locally accredited and trained organic certifiers.
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