Green Congregations Challenge

THE CHALLENGE

Today's environmental realities call us to examine how we live. As people of faith, we look to the scriptures for guidance for the choices we make in our lives. Genesis 1 says that when God created the heavens and the earth, God saw that everything was "very good." We learn in Genesis 3 that as humankind has the freedom to make moral choices, each of us lives with the responsibility for our personal actions or in-actions. With God’s gift of  free will, the prophet Micah guides us towards moral and responsible lifestyle choices: we are to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God [Micah 6:8].
Massachusetts Conference Environmental Ministries has launched an initiative to certify our local churches as Green Congregations with three levels of achievement.  Churches satisfying the requirements at each level are recognized at our Annual Meetings, where they will be presented with an award commensurate with their achievement. 
For information on this program please view the printable guides below or contact Patti Babcock babcockp@macucc.org.
Tri-fold brochure version                                                    Flat document version

HONOR ROLL

Level 1
    First Congregational Church, Amherst              2012
    Grace Congregational Church, Framingham     2012
    First Parish Church, Newbury                            2012
    Congregational Church of Needham                 2012
    First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury         2012
    The Congregational Church of Weston             2012
    South Acton Congregational Church, Acton      2013
    South Church in Andover,                                  2013
    Church of the Covenant, Federated, Boston     2013
    Wellesley Congregational Church                     2013
    First Congregational Church, Holliston              2014
    Union Congregational Church, North Reading  2014
    South Congregational Church, Amherst            2015
    Trinitarian Congregational Church, Warwick     2015
    Canaan Congregational Church                        2016
    First Congregational Church of Natick              2016
    First Congregational Church, Stockbridge        2016
    Eliot Church of Newton                                      2016
Level 2
    South Church in Andover                                    2013
    Grace Congregational Church, Framingham     2013
    First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury         2014
    South Congregational Church, Amherst            2015
    Trinitarian Congregational Church, Warwick     2015
    First Congregational Church, Amherst              2016
    Eliot Church of Newton                                      2016
Level 3
    South Church in Andover                                    2013
    Grace Congregational Church, Framingham     2015
    Trinitarian Congregational Church, Warwick      2015
    Eliot Church of Newton                                      2016

STORIES

Click one of the following links to read about the environmental ministries of the Massachusetts congregations honored as Green Congregations at the last five Annual Meetings:
 
Congregations honored at the June 17-18, 2016 Annual Meeting.
Congregations honored at the June 12-13, 2015 Annual Meeting.
Congregations honored at the June 13-14, 2014 Annual Meeting.
Congregations honored at the June 14-15, 2013 Annual Meeting.

Congregations honored at the June 15-16, 2012 Annual Meeting.

 

 

See this document for tips on "How to Start a Green Team at your Church."