Earth Stewardship

“All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all!”

—All Things Bright and Beautiful, Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848

who we are

Here at First Church, we are committed to greening our church and advocating for climate and environmental justice polices at local, state, and federal levels. We give thanks for the gift of God’s creation and believe God endowed us with the responsibility to steward the natural world around us. Although the climate crisis affects us all, we know it especially affects lower income communities here in Cambridge and around the world. We believe the climate crisis is a racial, economic, disability, and gender justice issue. 

Interested in connecting with us? Email Pastoral Associate Jaz Buchanan.


reflections from our faith community

church yard flowers

First Church members, Laurie Burt, Ariel Ackermann, and Claire Hunt shared reflections inspired by scripture, their faith journey, and their social justice work during our Earth Stewardship worship service. Listen to them here.

Longtime Earth Stewardship leader, Jim Brown, wrote a reflection titled “Imagining Our Faith in the Time of Climate Crisis” for our First Church’s blog, Water in the Wilderness.


first church green history

Want to learn more about what we have been up to? Beloved member and climate justice activist, Susan Redlich, shares a brief history of First Church’s green and holy work, and calls us to continue this sacred work as a faith community.


ecofaith book group

intersectional environmentalist

braiding sweetgrass

book of hope

Throughout the year, our Ecofaith book group gathers to read, listen, and learn from one another. If you would like to join our next gathering, email Jaz Buchanan.

 


Upcoming Events

National Environmental Justice
Advisory Council (NEJAC) Virtual Public Meeting

Tuesday, November 29 – Thursday, December 1 2:00 p.m.

This will include a public comment period on the way in which environmental justice (EJ) and equity are incorporated into finance and investments at the EPA, and on the related topics of measuring demonstrable outcomes, prioritizing resources in legacy communities, and addressing harmful air, soil, water; and other environmental impacts. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period must register by 11:59 p.m., November 23.

Lament with Earth: Festivals, with the
Element of Fire

Thursday, December 1 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Festivals are times of miracles. Both the Christian story of the birth of Jesus and the Hanukkah story of the oil for the lamp point to unanticipated, and unplanned, miracles. Many festivals involve candles or lights. How might we, even in our lament, make room for the inbreaking of the miraculous? What is illuminated differently by the candles of the advent wreath, or menorahs, or solstice bonfires? Register here.

More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape

Now through December 28

Located at the Leventhal Map and Education Center, Boston Public Library, this exhibit uses maps, photos, and text to show that how the climate crisis affects you is determined not only by where you are but by who you are.  The Weymouth compressor station is featured as a local example of environmental racism, and OCBC’s Minister for Earth Justice, Rev. Betsy Sowers, is featured in the exhibit. If you can’t make it to the library, visit the virtual exhibit.


resources

on climate emotion: interview with sarah jacquette ray

By Chinyere Obasi

Sarah Jacquette Ray, a professor of Environmental Studies at California State Polytechnic University, focuses her work on modern climate justice advocacy and trauma studies in reference to environmental issues. Read interview transcript here.