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

Fall Eco-Grief circle

Wednesdays, September 21 – Nov 2 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Hosted by Creation Care Alliance, Western North Carolina. This 7-week online experience will explore grief and sorrow, anxiety and fear, guilt and shame, anger, and despair. This experience is designed to offer mutual support, healing, insight, and love but is not a grief therapy experience. Register and learn more here!

convocation 2022: imagination and collective liberation for a climate-changed world

Thursday and Friday, October 6 – 7

The BTS Center’s annual online convocation features a lineup of not-to-be-missed speakers, including activist theologian Ched Meyers, author, and creator of Black Liturgies Cole Arthur Riley, activist, author, cofounder of Transition Network Rob Hopkins, and more. Register and learn more here!

Author John Green Kicks Off Noble Lecture Series at harvard university

Friday, October 14 7 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author John Green will open the 2022-2023 William Belden Noble Lecture series at the Memorial Church with a deep plunge into the subject of apocalyptic climate change. Learn more here!

Chase is funding the Sixth Extinction (protest)

Saturday, October 15 1 p.m.

Climate Courage, the direct action wing of 350 Mass, invites you to join a protest! Chase is one of the worst banks in the world for funding the fossil fuel industry, and hence the climate crisis. Learn more and RSVP here!

environmental justice is a racial justice: faith communities respond

Thursday, October 20 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Across our country and our world, communities of color are impacted first and worst by pollution and climate-driven disasters, and among the strongest advocates for change. Learn how your faith community can stand with them. Join a panel of leaders on the front lines of environmental justice featuring Dr. Robert Bullard, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Rev. Dr. Deborah Conrad, and Rev. Betsy Sowers (Moderator). Register and learn more here!

join us for a Blessed tomorrow climate training

Saturday, November 5 11:00 a.m.

The United Church of Christ and ecoAmerica are partnering to offer the Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors Training Program. This free, virtual, interactive training will cover the links between climate and faith, the spectrum of solutions, how to speak effectively on the topic, and opportunities to act and advocate. Learn more and register here!


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.