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Earth Matters for Earth Day

By April 17, 2024No Comments

Earth Sunday this year is promising to be cool and drab.  With some patience, the rain on Tuesday and Wednesday will help to green up the area and bring us a long-awaited spring.  Even so, we need more patience to refrain from tackling our gardens too soon.   We need to give the bees and other pollinators plenty of time to emerge for the new season before we clear out their spaces.

There is much conversation at St. John’s about sustainability.  While a St. John’s focus is on sustaining our congregation and providing a way to fulfill our church way of life, there is also a need to focus on how we can sustain the environment and our life on this fragile earth.  There is much that we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint and have less of an impact on the environment.  All our meager efforts can add up.  What habits can we change to reduce consumption to lower our own individual impact on the environment and make a more sustainable world?

Since we are having Mother Kerri here from Good Courage Farm this week,  it seems like an appropriate time to think about food:  its consumption, its production, its components, its distribution, its sustainability.   What impact can you have?  Here are a few simple suggestions:

Move towards a plant-based diet.  Not only has it proven to be healthier, but if consumers demand less meat, then beef and lamb production and their associated methane production will decrease.

Eat locally raised food.  Pay attention to where your produce is grown.  Strawberries grown in Minnesota have a lot less miles on them than those from Mexico.  Go to the farmer’s market. Think about joining a local CSA (especially the CSA from Good Courage Farm!). You may have to be adventuresome with some of those weird vegetables or the abundance of an item, but so did our ancestors when they had to live off what was available.

Consider growing your own veggies.

Use what you buy.  It is estimated that 40% of food is thrown away and this accounts for about 10% of human related greenhouse gas emissions.  Do some meal planning before you go to the grocery.

Compost what you can’t use.  Minneapolis makes that easy with the organics collection system, but you could use your own compost system for your gardens.

Try to reduce the amount of plastic you use.  Buy food in bulk rather than encased in plastic. Use cloth or glass containers for food instead of plastic bags or wrap. Use those reusable bags.

Help with redistribution of food to where it is most needed. Consider volunteering at a food shelf.  Contribute to organizations that focus on this need.


New Quilts in the Parish Hall:

For a few weeks, we have the honor of displaying some quilts from Carol Hancuh.  Carol is a local quilt artist who can portray some important concepts via her fabric artistry.  The quilts are of two very different themes. The one entitled “Feed My Children” is about getting food to the people who need it.  Bountiful supplies exist, but there is a barrier between the food and the people.  The other is entitled “ The Mighty Wind”  and it portrays Pentecost where the Holy Spirit comes to the early followers of Christ and empowers them to spread the news to all their people.  Both quilts include diverse groups of people.  As Carol works to create each person, she thinks about each of them and what their thoughts, fears or dreams may be.  While the people may have very diverse backgrounds, their thoughts and dreams unite them.

These quilts will be here for only a few weeks.  Look at them, note the details,  and think about the messages they show.