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, Vicki Apatoff, Katie Nahrwold, Gail Pascus, 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.”

Help Needed:
What: Volunteer with the Kenilworth Union Green Team and A Just Harvest 
Where: Eugene Field Middle School, 7019 N Ashland Blvd, Chicago, IL 60626 (park in their parking lot)
When: Thursdays, July 22 & 29 and August 12 & 26, 10 a.m.–noon.
Why: A Just Harvest is doing a summer program at Eugene Field Middle School. We would be removing invasive weeds so we can plant native plants! A Just Harvest is building a relationship with that school to get the infrastructure in place to start a gardening program so for now we are doing landscaping since it is very needed.
How: Contact Katie Nahrwold if you are interested in joining. We need about 6 volunteers. Bring gloves (or they can provide), and be ready to weed and work. They will supply tools but if you have favorite weeding or cutting or digging tools, feel free to bring them!

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

Community News

Kenilworth Union is going Solar! Read King Poor’s exciting news! Starting this May, Kenilworth Union will receive about 90% of its electricity from the sun. Or, read Megan Bernard’s report from The Record, Faith in solar: Kenilworth Union Church among first places of worship on North Shore to use solar energy.

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.

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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