St. Anne’s Green Team

What is the Green Team?

St. Anne’s Green Team members collaborate to achieve positive, systemic, sustainable living in all facets of parish community life. Team members attend a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., in the downstairs meeting rooms. New members are always welcome. Please join us.

The Green Team grew out of the Justice and Peace Committee’s desire to increase eco justice activities in the parish.

 

Green Team History

The Justice and Peace committee invited some “fire souls” to serve in creating a Green Team and in studying both Catholic Social Teaching and the Natural Step.

The Team began by collaborating with Faith Formation in teaching Catholic Teachings on Care of Creation and in providing a workshop for parishioners and the larger community on eco spirituality and greening a congregation.

A team member volunteered to continue sustainability articles for The Spirit, the monthly parish newsletter.

Team members gave several talks on sustainability at Leadership Training sessions.

Team members contacted Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth about their participation in the Duluth Natural Step process.

The team studied the Gloria Dei documents to learn how another congregation worked with the framework.

The group then began investigating what the church and parishioners were already doing through a parish survey.  (See parish survey results.)

In June 2011 the parish celebrated the results with a display of survey results, other inspirational booths and refreshments.

Survey results were presented at Leadership Training.

Polka Fest saw the Team working on recycling.

The 2012 goal is to continue improving recycling efforts and continue applying the Natural Step process. (See The Natural Step)

Catholic Teaching on Care of Creation:

 “God saw everything that God made, and indeed it was good” Genesis 1:31

“Today, the great gift of God’s Creation is exposed to serious dangers and lifestyles which can degrade it…. We must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share our resources in solidarity.”  Pope Benedict XVI

“The world that God created has been entrusted to us. Our use must be directed by God’s plan for creation, not simply our own benefit. Our Stewardship of the Earth is a form of participation in God’s act of creating and sustaining the world. In our use of creation, we must be guided by concern for generations to come.”   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,  Faithful Citizenship

“The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present and future humanity. It (the seventh commandment) requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church

 

Fair Trade Coffee/Equal Exchange

The Green Team supports the St. Anne’s sale of Equal Exchange, Fairly Traded Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Bars (seasonal).

 

Products are always available in The Parish Library just inside the door.

Equal Exchange is committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.  It is a worker owned co-operative that helps small-scale farmers create a better future through shared risk and the building of a successful, democratic enterprise.

Green Team: The Natural Step

What is the Natural Step?

  • A planning framework used to guide communities and organizations toward Sustainability
  • An underpinning philosophy to help people make decisions
  • A nongovernmental organization based in Sweden

Principles of the Natural Step

In a sustainable society nature is not subject to systematically increasing

      1. concentrations of substances extracted from the earth’s crust
      2. concentrations of substances produced by society
      3. degradation by physical means, and, in that society…
      4.  human needs are met worldwide

Learn more:

The Natural Step in 2 minutes (animation)

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The Natural Step of Canada (free booklets)

The Natural Step USA