Stewardship Resources

Posted: Oct 3

GreenFaith Certification Program

Environmental Stewardship

The GreenFaith Certification Program is a two-year, holistic process engaging an entire congregation through education, worship, environmental justice advocacy, building and grounds, and developing relationships with the larger interfaith community.

The Episcopal Church's Economic/Environmental Affairs Office and GreenFaith are underwriting 50% of the tuition for churches, enabling them to enroll for a discounted cost of $250 – $750. Churches in the program receive guidance and support, including one-on-one mentoring, resources, free webinars, and peer support.

Application deadline for tuition subsidies for the program is December 1 and May 1, 2012. For more information about the subsidies, visit
 GreenFaith's website.  

According to GreenFaith’s Executive Director, the Rev. Fletcher Harper, the program is the nation’s first interfaith environmental certification program designed specifically for houses of worship. The program empowers churches, mosques and temples to become strong environmental leaders by following researched and tested environmental guidelines.

Goals of Episcopal Church-GreenFaith partnership, Schut explained, include supporting the development of faithful, strong environmental leadership; helping congregations learn to reduce their operating costs; and modeling creation care, spirituality and justice throughout a congregation’s life and practice. Among the tools and resources provided by GreenFaith to participating churches are webinars, web-based resources, and phone/email support.

“The GreenFaith Certification Program has inspired and guided us to take our environmental efforts to the next level, making them more holistic and spiritually based,” commented Rosera Tateosian of St David’s in Austin, TX.

“Any question we have, any resource we need, the GreenFaith staff are quick to respond and they always have an encouraging word for us,” noted Marion Pound, a lay leader at Grace Church in Chattanooga, TN.

For more information about the partnership, contact Schut at mschut@episcopalchurch.org.