Cal-Nev pastor launches 'green' blog

November 14, 2007

United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz pastor, the Rev. Michael Love has been inspired to share his vision of sustainability with a wider audience. At the beginning of November he and James Campbell – a church trustee who chairs the New Building Committee – traveled to Ft. Worth as workshop leaders at the Living Faith, Seeking Justice conference sponsored by the General Board of Church and Society, speaking on the topics “Going Green for Beginners” and “Going Green: Starting a Green Campaign.”

 

Love and Campbell spoke to two groups of clergy and laity from across the country – some 75 people – and left energized to continue the dialogue and broaden its reach.

 

“They were really excited to begin practices of sustainability in their various local churches and communities,” Love says.

 

“Fueled by their enthusiasm for a way to practice what they learned, in their local churches, we set up a blog site.”

 

“The Green Parable” includes materials from the workshops in Texas and links to other resources. It also allows people visiting the site to add to it by sharing comments and resources.

 

View the site at http://michaellove.typepad.com/thegreenparable/. It also can be reached through a link on the Home Page of the church’s website at http://www.umcsantacruz.org.

 

UMC of Santa Cruz – the result of the merging of three congregations in 2003 – is currently engaged in a “green from the ground up” building project. It is believed to be the first church in the nation to be designed as an environmentally friendly facility from the onset of planning.

 

Now, Love is telling his congregation, “Your green church building project is also living as a national teaching tool.” It’s just one more way, he says, that “building green” translates into “sustainable community.”