Faith & the Common Good (FCG) is a national, interfaith charitable network dedicated to assisting and inspiring religious congregations and spiritual groups of all backgrounds to take collective action in creating more sustainable communities.
Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) is their longest-running program. A practical program, GSS assists faith communities with both the educational and spiritual dimensions of greening as well as the “how to” side of audits, retrofits, and generally reducing a faith community’s footprint. FCG has developed a number of resources to help faith groups become community leaders in working towards a more sustainable future for all.
Across the country, United Churches are doing their part to address the climate crisis by getting their own house in order by working to reduce their own carbon emissions. Through a partnership with Faith & the Common Good, the United Church of Canada is offering grants and support for churches to measure their energy use and reduce their climate pollution, in ways that save money and strengthen congregational renewal.
The United Church of Canada is committing to reducing its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Targets. With an initial focus on buildings – one of the church’s largest source of emissions – the program Faithful Footprints will be working with 500 congregations by 2025 to reduce their energy use and energy costs.
As people of faith we recognize that to bring truly inspiring climate leadership to our communities, we must practice what we preach. Together we can renew our congregations, care for the planet, save money, and stop climate pollution.
Faithful Footprints is about living our climate commitments, for future generations, and for all of creation. To find out more and to get involved, visit www.faithfulfootprints.org.
Grief Support Group
Leader: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Hart, Minister of Deer Park United Church in Toronto, who has been facilitating grief support groups for over 25 years.
Location: Maple Grove United Church, 346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, Nov. 6 – Dec. 4 and Jan. 8, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:45 pm
Cost: $25 per participant for the course materials
Contact: Maeva Donaldson 905-845-7454, Maeva.firstname.lastname@example.org for info or to register.
This education and support group is designed for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Taking a faith-based perspective, we will explore various aspects of grief, how grief affects one’s emotions, behaviours, body, mind and spirit. We will look at tasks one can do and adjustments one can make to move through grief, and help find ways to reinvest in one’s life in meaningful ways. The content of the course is based on the materials of Dr. Bill Webster, Centre for the Grief Journey. Christ First is a co-sponsor of the program.