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.
In From the Cold
Christ First made a $2,500 donation to Westedge Community Church to help them renovate their basement for use as a warming shelter to host the "In From the Cold Program". They are diligently plugging away and getting close to being ready, hopefully in a couple of weeks. When it is ready we can make arrangements for anyone interested to view the space.
They are still a bit shy on the total funds required and have set up a Go Fund Me Page. Below is a link in case you are passionate about offering further support for the program. Westedge Gofundme page.