Growing Together: Going Deeper Resources

Growing Together Session 1 - Faith, Science, & Creation Care

Session 1 Recordings

Session 1 Educational Material

Going Deeper Resources - Getting to Know your Place

Land History/Ancestral Homelands

Local Ecosystem

Articles

Short Videos

Academic Lectures

Books

Initiatives/Organizations

Podcasts

Movies

Planning Next Steps - Tools 

Church Story Map

Growing Together Session 2 - Food, Faith, & Science

Session 2 – Recordings

Session 2 Educational Materials

Food Organizations Recommended in Chat

Going Deeper Resources - Food

Food Footprint

Food Waste

Food Justice

Food Justice Documentaries

Food Systems

Regenerative Agriculture

Biodiversity

Food & Faith

Food Justice in Community

Planning Next Steps – Tools

To research this month

To do:

  • Contact church leadership about creating and implementing ethic of eating
  • Connect with church outreach/justice teams to collaborate with local food justice nonprofits
  • Consider joining a local CSA

Congregation Meeting Outline

Church Story Map - Your Church's Story!

Save the answers to the 3 questions below to add to your church's story. Answer these 3 guiding questions around food:

  1. What fruits and vegetables grow local to your region?
  2. What is the closest Farmers Marketor CSA option closest to our church?
  3. What is the food securityand food access of your neighborhood?

Growing Together Session 3: Purchasing - Living Simply & Justly

Session 3 Recording

Session 3 Educational Materials

Going Deeper Resources

Planning Next Steps – Tools

To research this month

  • Where can you buy hospitality items in bulk? Could you consider a wholesale model like thisor this wherein you purchase in bulk not only for your church, but for your congregation?
  • What are a few package free, bulk grocery stores in your area?
  • Where is your closest Fibershed?
  • What do you throw away the most in your church, in your home? What steps from Church of the Nativity’s Zero Waste Church Guidecould you implement to reduce sources (single-use trash) and improve sinks (such as through composting on site or connecting to a local compost hub).

To do

  • Contact church leadership about your church’s purchasing practices and ask questions about where the items are coming from, who made them, and how long they are designed to last.
  • Consider exploring approval for minimizing single use items in your church, and begin making an implementation plan for justly transitioning your church and participating families in your congregation to reusables.
  • Invite your congregation into one month without single use plastic(perhaps during Lent?) and/or include a “reducing waste tip” in your weekly church newsletter that encourages your whole congregation to get involved.
  • Celebrate and track your progress, and communicate about it regularly with your congregation

Congregational Meeting Outline

Church Story Map - Your Church's Story!

Save the answers to the 3 questions below to add to your church's story.  Answer these 3 guiding questions around purchasing:

  1. What are a few package free, bulk grocery stores in your area?
  2. Where is your closest Fibershed?
  3. What do you throw away the most in your church, in your home? How can you connect with share and repair models, like Freecycle Network?

Growing Together Session 4: Regenerating - Soil, Compost, & Waste

Session 4 – Recordings

Session 4 Educational Material

Going Deeper Resources

Planning Next Steps and Tools

To Do (excerpted from Kiss the Ground/Interfaith Power & Light):

Collective action you can do as a congregation or group of congregations. 

  • Today: Purchase your food from local growers and ask them how they care for their soil. 
  • Next week: Identify a site on your church land where you could compost or identify local organizations such as LA Compost (CA) or Compost Now (NC) you could partner with.
  • Arrange for your congregation to host a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) grower to encourage congregants to buy from local farmers who care for the soil. 
  • Over the year: Find a local community garden through a tool like Soul Fire Farm’s Reparations Map for Black-Indigenous Farmers that needs your support – financial, volunteers, equipment, more land - can your congregation offer space for a garden or compost? Or start a congregation-supported garden and composting site that supports food justice in your community.

Congregation Meeting Outline 

Growing Together Session 5: Pulling it Together

Session 5 Recording

Session 5 Educational Materials

Going Deeper Resources

Artistic Accompaniment

Session 5 Congregation Meeting Outline

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