Creative Living Fellowship is thrilled to be a graduate of the GreenFaith Certification Program (greenfaith.org) and is now a Green Faith Sanctuary. This is a program in which religious institutions of all faiths and denominations commit to being leaders in environmental stewardship and, during a two-year period (which began for CLF in May 2012) engage in a variety of initiatives to be more environmentally conscious within the walls of their spiritual community, to deepen the awareness among their congregation of the relationship between their spiritual beliefs and environmental responsibility and to provide youth and adult education on how individuals can live in greater harmony with Mother Earth.
This section of our website is dedicated to sharing a variety of activities, events and initiatives that CLF has been engaged in since entering the program. To see a complete list of our accomplishments click here.
CLF is honored to be the first New Thought church to be accepted into the GreenFaith Certification Program, and we are excited about blazing a trail for other New Thought churches to join. In fact, our mission statement for our GreenFaith Ministry is:
Dr. Michele believes that participating in this Certification Program is the next step in the evolution of our church. It is perfectly aligned with our 15-year vision, which states, in part:
"We are a powerful voice for the emergence of a strong, vibrant and healthy Mother Earth and the protection and love of all sentient beings. We demonstrate God’s love for the planet and all life by being a role model of a community committed to sustainability as well as by educating others in sustainable living practices."
GreenFaith provides extensive support to all of its participating spiritual communities. Six webinars equip spiritual leaders to complete the program successfully, an online center with over 200 resources helps congregations meet the program’s requirements, and GreenFaith’s staff freely offers support via phone and email.
When we began the program, we audited our facilities and programs using templates that GreenFaith provided and created an action plan for moving forward. Following is a partial list of our action plan items:
These are just a few examples of the activities and initiatives CLF has been engaged in since May 2012. Since then, we have made significant shifts in the way we do business at CLF and in the environmental consciousness of all of us – which we know has already had a positive effect on our Earthy Mother!