Uphold the connection between spiritual practice and ecological consciousness. Affirm and celebrate Earth as sacred, and acknowledge our human relationship to the wondrous whole.
Educate ourselves and our congregation about environmental challenges.
Consider our impact on the environment when we plan and pursue any activity in our life together as a congregation, as well as in our personal lives.
Transform our habits and practices to contribute to a more just and sustainable future for all life on Earth.
Provide an example of Earth-friendly practices for our community.
What we do
Earth Team is an inclusive group of FCUCC members and friends who participate in activities such as installing solar panels on the roof of our education building, encouraging recycling, promoting Earth-friendly practices on our campus and in member’s lives, and maintaining a small vegetable garden. We advocate on behalf of sound environmental policies, helping to create a clean environment and protect Earth for future generations.
Below are a few of Earth Team’s accomplishments:
Replaced energy-consuming incandescent light bulbs on the FCUCC campus with energy-efficient LED bulbs.
Established recycling collection containers in the Friendship Hall, on the lower floor of the Education Building, and in the Narthex. Clean paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and plastic items are collected by Curbside Managementand re-purposed into useful materials.
We also coordinate with the FCUCC hospitality team so coffee time after Sunday worship uses sustainable rather than disposable cups and utensils.
Earth Team members provide leadership for occasional Sunday school and retreat classes that explore how to and why we need to take better care of Earth.
Several years ago we hosted a speaker/meetings that culminated in formation of Transition Asheville, a very active group working to share skills and empower our community for the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic instability. Several Earth Team members are active in Transition Asheville, which occasionally meets in our Friendship Hall. We also interact with MountainTrue, a community collaboration for a cleaner environment, and Green Opportunities, which sponsors green job training and neighborhood improvement.
We support local environmental events and speakers, and we participate in campaigns such as the current effort to reduce the number of single-use disposable plastic bags consumed in Asheville.
The Earth Team is back! We will be meeting the first Sunday of each month. Please plan to join us! If you have questions, contact Deb Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.