Growing Together: Implementation Pathways

These are 5 practical implementation pathways designed to help lead you forward in restoring faith, justice, and creation in your church, home, and community. Each pathway includes tools and project starter ideas. Pathways: Education, Food, Purchasing, Compost & Waste, Garden.  

Education

Continue in education about restoring faith, justice, creation in your church, home and community.

Tools

Project Ideas

Food

Church and home menu planning toward plant based and Mediterranean eating.

Project Ideas

  • Shifting church / home menu to Mediterranean (pasta bar, soup & salad bar)
  • Purchase from local Farmer’s Market & restaurants supporting local farmers
  • Join and support a local CSA
  • Plant based Potlucks
  • Meatless Mondays
  • Become a site for Farmer’s Market in church parking lot
  • Re-imagining food pantries and regenerative alternatives to food waste.
  • Hosting vegetarian potlucks/picnics at church once or twice a month and host a Food Justice talk afterwards exploring the ethical/faith- based reasons for choosing local, affordable, regeneratively grown food as much as possible for the health of people, the planet, and all its creaturely inhabitants

Purchasing

Church and home moving towards reusable longevity items or compostables.

Tools

Project Ideas

  • Take inventory of reusable longevity items (plates, glasses etc.)
  • Purchase reusable items and for longevity (plates, glasses etc.)
  • Purchase compostable items in bulk (plates, glasses etc.)
  • “Mend and Share” program at church where clothes can be mended and given freely instead of purchasing new
  • “Borrow instead of Buy” program at church where items can be exchanged freely instead of purchasing new (toys, tools, camping gear etc)

Compost & Waste

Church and home rethinking waste, composting and exploring compost ministry.

Project Ideas

  • Update “Trash Stations” with signage for trash and composting
  • Partner with a local composting service or local farm
  • Explore starting/expanding composting ministry at church; partner with organization like Compost Now and ask folks to bring food scraps to church; encourage people to begin composting at home and have a talk sharing how this is possibleStart a Compost Ministry (bringing to church / or picking up for people)

Garden

Church garden planted as a “living bridge” to your neighborhood and creation.

Tools

Project Ideas

  • Plant a church/community garden on grounds, parking lot or neighborhood
  • Plant a personal garden at home or in neighborhood
  • Partner with a local urban farmer
  • Support a CSA
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