“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We believe that God is revealed in all Creation, including our beautiful earth and its ecosystems, which we have recently discovered are more fragile than we knew, as well as in all other creatures. As people of faith we are called to care for our planet, because Earth is God’s precious creation, and in looking at the world around us, we can see God. We also have a great responsibility to future generations and to the poor, who are always hit first by environmental harm. We have declared ourselves an Earthwise Congregation, an official designation among UCC churches for those congregations committed to being green.
We preach and we also practice this commitment. Scripture tells us that creation is good, so we celebrate Earth Month each year. Beavercreek UCC has and will continue to implement ideas to become more green. We recycle and have reusable dishes, reducing the use of paper products. We have created a church compost bin to further reduce waste. We offer fair trade coffee every Sunday, often serve vegetarian food when we gather as a congregation, and encourage consumption of locally grown and organic foods. We also use environmentally friendly cleaning products whenever possible. The church has energy reducing ballasts, and we are installing new green windows in the parsonage.