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 -chair, Carol Berry, Katie Nahrwold, Gail Pascus, J.P. Ruck -high school representative, and Catherine Weaver.

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.”

Our webpage seeks to inform you about the Green Team’s programs and activities—most recently, our Earth Day 50th Anniversary program with the theme, Resources Matter—Do More to Waste Less!

We welcome your thoughts and questions on how we may as a church do our part to care for God’s earth. 

Weekly Contemplation Quote or Tip

Shrink the carbon footprint by changing how you eat because animals produce greenhouse gases.

Focus on reducing the amount of meat we eat, especially red meat. —Lisa Kaylie, North Carolina

End Note: Claire O’Neill and John Schwartz. The New York Times, “New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet”. 12/29/2020.


End Plastic Pollution Discussion: Join a February 3 discussion with the focus on problems of single-use plastics, framed by the movie The Story of Plastic, and how we can be part of the solution, framed by the Shedd Aquarium’s new initiative Let’s Shedd Plastic.

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.