Eco-Justice

The Green Team

Part of Rock Spring's commitment to a more just and healthy environment is our concern for and stewardship of the world God has made. The Eco-Justice committee works on local projects that help Rock Spring reflect good stewardship and offer educational opportunities for the congregation to grow in the care for the earth. As part of its work the Eco-Justice committee has replanted beds around the buildings with native plants, developed the gardens in the front of the Sanctuary that provide food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), and led the effort to use sustainable products on our campus.

Starting in September, 2016, the church made the move to green power.  That means that all the church’s electricity is generated by wind, solar, biomass, or other clean energy.  This move came about as the Property Board learned about the Dominion Green program and the benefits of making the change.  Green energy aligns with our values and commitments. Our eco-justice work is led by a “green team” of church members working with the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions to plan and carry out our mission.   The team was formed in late summer 2016 and have conference calls approximately every two months to strategize and plan actions.    The group has focused on individuals moving to green power through Dominion Green in order to reduce our carbon footprint.    

Lenten Carbon Fast

Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast (link http://www.ucc.org/calendar/ecumenical-lenten-carbon-fast.htmlAs we enter Lent in 2017, consider joining the greater UCC along with Christians from various denominations the world over in fasting from carbon during Lent. In signing up, you will receive a daily email, beginning Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent with the day's suggested carbon-reducing activity. To share your experience, email the Rock Spring Eco-Justice Committee at: ecojustice@rockspringucc.org.

PLOT Against Hunger

Help tend the Rock Spring gardens that provide produce for the AFAC-Plot Against Hunger or bring fresh produce of your own. Place it in the cooler at church on Sundays and we will deliver it for you.


Contact: 

Chris Keefer

Latest News

Everyone will have noticed by now a slow-down in the project. This is due to our main contractor, NKB, walking off the job on August 1 and informing us by letter that they could not complete the work.

On September 10 at 10:00 a.m., we will welcome guest preacher Rev. Sid Lovett for a service focused on peace and specifically the important work of the US Institute for Peace. Following worship, join together for a congregational lunch to catch up with the Rock Spring family after the summer.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.