Welcome to the Green Team

Kenilworth Union Church Green Team was formed in the fall of 2019 to encourage us as a church community to be good stewards of God’s creation. Our members are: King Poor and Katie Nahrwold—Co-Chairs, Kathryn Freemond, Gail Pascus, Julia Peterson, Ann Wortel, and J.P. Ruck—high school representative.

Putting together a Green Team also gave Kenilworth Union the opportunity to become part of a statewide organization, Faith in Place, whose mission is to support hundreds of houses of worship across Illinois to “be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.”

Community News

Join us in the garden! The Kenilworth Union Church Green Team is supporting our Outreach agency A Just Harvest in Rogers Park this summer volunteering in their urban gardens. We work outside weeding, watering, planting, laying mulch, and more. Help this amazing organization and volunteer with friends. Learn more about the garden’s Genesis Project. Contact Katie Nahrwold to sign up for our next volunteer date:

Friday, October 21 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
More dates will be added each month.

Contemplation Quote or Tip

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make. —Jane Goodall

Guiding Principles

The Lord is an everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. —Isaiah 40:28

Our faith calls us to be good stewards of an earth that we share with family and friends, communities nearby or across the globe, and generations yet unborn. And because of this call, Kenilworth Union Church has established a Green Team with these guiding principles.

Educating: Caring for our earth begins with awareness. It means educating ourselves about the challenges facing our environment and raising awareness both within our church and communities beyond.

Inclusion: To be good stewards, we need each other. We welcome a variety of outlooks and voices, including people. of all ages. And we will remember too not to seem “Greener Than Thou.”

Practical Progress: We will seek practical ways to make our church home more sustainable. We also seek to work with other houses of worship, advocate, and be mindful that poor communities often suffer the most from environmental pollution.

Celebrate: God created a world of great beauty and wonder and we will pause to celebrate it. We will celebrate as well the progress of projects within our church or with other communities.

Prayer: Amid news of the environment that is daunting and discouraging, this unshakeable truth sustains us: God loves God’s Creation. With humility, we will pray for the wisdom and courage to be good stewards and care for the creation God loves.

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