GA-1724, Resolution Concerning Carbon Neutrality
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The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. Out of our call to “do justice” (Micah 6:8), we strive to demonstrate the fullness of God’s shalom through living out our faith by caring for God’s creation. Green Chalice is a creation care ministry of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You can go to the Disciples Home Missions page of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to learn more about Green Chalice.
In February of 2016, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Indianapolis was recognized as a Green Chalice Congregation, joining with other Disciples’ churches who are celebrating God's creation and adopting practices to faithfully care for the earth.
Our journey toward becoming a Green Chalice Congregation began in October of 2015, when we hosted a Green Café, the pilot workshop developed by the Green Chalice Ministry of the Indiana Region. After having completed several preliminary steps for recognition, including signing the Green Chalice Covenant, we chose three changes to put our commitment into actions.
The three actions chosen for change were:
1. Enhance recycling capabilities by adding containers to locations within meeting areas around the building and investigate onsite cardboard recycling.
2. Create, or facilitate, ongoing creation care displays and events.
3. Investigate ways for having greener food and fellowship.
Living into being a Green Chalice Congregation is ongoing and can take many different directions. Focusing on our actions for change has helped keep us directed.
General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
RESOLUTION CONCERNING CARBON NEUTRALITY
This resolution passed by the General Assembly in 2017, urges congregations to:
Worship God with all creation…
Study the climate crisis…
Repent and ask forgiveness for the harm we have inflicted on the earth…
Advocate for ecojustice public policies…
Rest in God’s good creation…