The Environmental Commission seeks to deepen discipleship and build leadership in churches and ministries of the Diocese of New Jersey.
As disciples of Jesus Christ we respond to God’s call to mission, with special care for the Fifth Mark of Mission: “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
We cooperate, collaborate and partner with organizations and people of goodwill to reflect theologically, educate, advocate and take action for the sake of the creation.
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The Church has always concerned itself with the essential matters of life, death, healing … and food. From the feeding of the five thousand, to the Last Supper, and to Paul’s instructions on the just distribution of food in Corinth, questions about food have been central to the Christian life. The JUST FOOD conference at Princeton Theological Seminary convenes church leaders for an essential conversation about food justice, sustainable agriculture, food insecurity, and innovative ways to change the way we relate to food. We hope you’ll be part of this vital gathering, where you’ll see Princeton Seminary’s new ‘Farminary’ project, learn from innovative programs, and nourish both body and soul.
Save the dates, September 22 – 24, 2016, for the second Just Food Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Programs and Resources
Greenfaith Energy Services Program
The Diocese of New Jersey has partnered with the Greenfaith Energy Services Program to provide expert guidance and access to resources to reduce energy use and expenses in local churches and ministries. Click here for more information.
Environmental Commission Book Club summer selection:
Read and discuss Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution, by Diana Butler Bass.
The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.
Click here for the publisher’s webpage for Grounded.
- The Episcopal Ecological Network collects a wide variety of resources, with a focus on the Episcopal Church.
- Greenfaith, based in New Jersey, is an interfaith coalition for the environment.
- The Anglican Communion Environmental Network collects resources from the member churches of the Anglican Communion.
For more information contact The Reverend Gregory Bezilla, Committee Chair.