- For many years St John’s encouraged and supported mindful awareness of the earth and caring stewardship of the environment.
- In recent years issues such as global warming, species extinction, exhaustion of non-renewable resources , decreasing access to fresh water, and the accumulation of non-degradable waste have moved us a parish family to a much greater sense of collective urgency.
- Our green passion leads us to an increasing environmental awareness and action for our church, our community, and the world beyond.
- We are acting within our church and community, but always aware of the wider implications of all we do.
What is Green Passion?
Even before the turn of our current century, St. John’s encouraged and supported mindful awareness of the earth we inhabit and caring stewardship of the local environment in which we pursue our daily lives.
Since 2000, however, issues such as global warming, species extinction, exhaustion of non-renewable resources, decreasing access to fresh water and the accumulation of non-degradable waste have moved us as a parish family to a greater sense of collective urgency.
Today, we can no longer just thing and talk about being part of the solution; nor can we be satisfied with implementing greener lifestyles at home. Our time has come to bring personal commitments and positive actions together in a communal response to the way we use and maintain our physical church home. Environmental stewardship is the growing edge of ministry and we have embraced it as a church family.
In 2008-2009, with the encouragement, energy and inspiration of the Huron Diocese EnviroAction program, we re-examined and renewed our mandate to live as green stewards. The result was an ad hoc working group called GREEN PASSION. While we rarely have scheduled meetings, we are always “on call”, exchanging ideas and tasks.
Our shared leadership currently includes: Al Coughlin (who coined our distinctive name) and Ray Cloutier. Our “spiritual” membership, however, embraces the entire church family of St. John the Evangelist, as we often draw on the skills and interest of fellow parishioners to plan and evaluate our projects and ideas.