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WHY ECOLOGY
AT CHURCH?

Humans live within a vast community of life on earth. In the Jewish and Christian religious traditions, God is first described as the Creator who, as creation proceeded, “saw that it was good.” ...

To enter into ever-deeper relationship with God – this “Lover of Life” – entails striving to develop right relations with nature and with other human beings. But life on earth today is plagued with an unprecedented and accelerating ecological crisis. Deforestation, species extinction, climate change, ecosystem collapse, contamination of air and water, and soil erosion are just a few of the enormous ecological problems which we face in Canada and elsewhere in our world.

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God’s glory is revealed in the natural world, yet we humans are presently destroying creation. In this light, the ecological crisis is also a profoundly religious crisis. In destroying creation we are limiting our ability to know and love God. “The ecological crisis is a moral issue” and “the responsibility of everyone,” ....

- from "You love all that exists: All things are Yours, God, lover of life", a pastoral letter on faith and environment by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: download the full text (1.4 MB pdf) here »

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Christ Church Deer Park Goes GREEN!


Earth DayEARTH DAY is April 22, 2010

  • Earth day website »
  • See more on Christian ecology and the Diocese of Toronto initiatives to care for the earth: here »
  • Earth Day is designated to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment held on April 22. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. On the first Earth Day, a global initiative celebrated this day with the following proclamation: "May there be only peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life."
  • How taking your kids to the movies can help the environment! Nearly 3/4 of the Earth's surface is covered by water and OCEANS boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. It opens April 22-28. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of humanity - exploring the playful splendor and harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful and enchanting motion picture. Visit disney.com/oceans to learn more.

Toronto Green BinGreen Bin Program at CCDP - To minimize the amount of trash that is put out, Christ Church Deer Park is now participating in the green bin program. The Green Bin Program allows us to put organic waste out for curbside collection, which can then be made into high-quality compost. The Green Bin Program will increase our waste diversion and greatly reduce the amount of garbage we send to landfill. Help us get with the program! More about the green bin program here »

Used batteries - Don't know what to do with your old or used batteries? Bring them to CCDP and place them in the bin in the Atrium. We will take care of disposing them safely. Be part of the green solution!

Re-cycle your egg cartons and plastic grocery bags - bring them to CCDP and leave them in the Food Bank box in the Atrium. The Churches on the Hill (COTH) FoodBank will use the cartons to repackage flats of eggs for their clients. More on COTH »


 

Faith advocating protection of the environment and preserving the sanctity of creation...

CCDP has quietly been going Green for quite a while now.

Energy efficient bulbs have been installed throughout the building wherever possible...

  • We have been using less salt on walkways and replacing salt, where possible, with ecologically friendlier products...
  • We are cutting back on paper by posting many of our brochures (and the Herald) on our website... see here »
  • We conserve water in the summer by watering our outdoor lawns less...
  • We also use recycle bins in all our offices and kitchens,...
  • and we’re investigating even further initiatives. We’ll keep you posted.

New and used batteries? We are collecting batteries once again today and will dispose of them safely. Look for the bin in the Atrium: There's no Life Here, and be part of the environmental solution.

"You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth." - Psalm 104:31


Faith and Ecology/Environment Links - a modest starter selection

  • KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives) - link »
  • The Anglican Peace & Justice Network: Environmental Stewardship - link »
  • Anglican Church of Canada - link »
  • The Anglican Communion Environmental Network - link »
  • World Council of Churches: justice, peace & creation concerns - link »
  • Global Anglican Congress on the Stewardship of Creation - link »
  • The Diocese of New Westminster (Vancouver): Greening Spirit - link »
  • United Church of Canada: Ecology - link »

  • For some great ideas about how to reduce the garbage we
    create go to www.rubbishfreeyear.co.nz

Christ Church Deer Park

1570 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4T 1Z8

2 blocks north of St. Clair at the NW corner of Yonge & Heath
a 5-minute walk from the St. Clair Station

Phone: 416-920-5211   |   Fax: 416-920-8400   |   Email


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