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Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns

INEC's Mission
Our mission is to connect, inform, inspire and empower people, congregations and religious institutions to work for justice and the care and renewal of the earth. Our aim is to foster an awareness that care for creation is integral to a life of faith. As a program of EMO, the Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC) carries out EMO's mission of earth stewardship, theological education and dialogue, public policy advocacy and greening congregations.

Ongoing Activities
• Assisting congregations with environmental ministries
• Providing leadership development for environmental ministry
• Connecting environmental and religious communities
• Organizing ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and collaboration on earth concerns
• Hosting forums for dialogue among groups with diverse environmental perspectives
• Sponsors a workshop on food, ethics and the earth

Top Priorities
Food Sustainability and Public Health
• Environmental Justice
Energy and Global Warming
Watersheds and Biodiversity

NEW! Pollinator Mini Grants for Congregations Available
Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC) has received funding from the Gilhousen Family Foundation to engage congregations in the Portland metro area in establishing pollinator gardens to improve wildlife habitat, soil, and water stewardship and educate about pollinator conservation. Congregation grounds offer a great place to provide much needed habitat for pollinator species while providing the opportunity to educate congregation members and neighbors on the importance of pollinators in our ecosystems and the steps that can be taken to protect them. Pollinator gardens can also be a source of beauty and spiritual inspiration. INEC will again be offering mini-grants to congregations ranging from $50-$500 in the fall (due Oct. 6, 2014) and in the spring. We hope to expand the program with additional funding. Download an application for the fall round and check EMO's events page for our Sept. 22 kick off event at Holy Redeemer Church, 6 to 8 p.m., in Portland.

Congregations Caring for Watersheds and Wildlife (C2W2)
The C2W2 program was created to help congregations in  utilize land for water and wildlife habitat enhancement, while also benefiting spiritual and educational life. A  website launched for the project helps congregations and religious schools to pursue projects to protect the environment. The website, www.watershedsandwildlife.org, hosts a project handbook, interactive forum and case studies for faith communities.

Faith into Action Highlight
Protect Creation – Both Body and Earth – From Harmful Chemicals
The Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns has joined the National Council of Churches and other faith organizations in a campaign to change chemical policies to make the products we use, the food we eat, and the air we breathe safer for all of God’s people and the Whole of Creation. There is much to be done. The Toxic Substances Control Act (1976) was developed to regulate the safety of industrial chemicals, but only 200 chemicals have been tested by the EPA and 20,000 were introduced into the market in the past 30 years.

People are encouraged to sign on to one or more of the letters below to raise awareness about harmful chemicals and to build support for state and national policies that promote incentives for the development of a green economy, which will allow all of God’s creation to flourish and bring jobs and justice to communities that are currently suffering from polluting industries located in their vicinity and promote the development of a green chemistry industry. 

We are blessed to be created in the image of God and to receive nourishment from the bounty of God’s Creation (Genesis 1:26-27). As part of Creation, our bodies are also temples of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19), and caring for our bodies is one way to honor the Creator. – From Christian Principles for a Health Body and Spirit

Volunteer Opportunities
Learn how you can volunteer at Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns.

Earth Care Coordinator - The INEC Earth Care Coordinator program supports individuals and groups in greening their congregation. Liaisons are provided with educational materials for their congregation, as well as opportunities to train together with other liaisons, share ideas and support one another, and participate in meetings with policy makers and community leaders. Download an application.

Eco-Ministry News & Eco-Notes
Eco Ministry News – View archives.

Eco-Notes is INEC's electronic newsletter that provides news of faith-based environmental efforts INEC updates, a calendar of events and resources for reflection and action. To subscribe, send an e-mail to awarren@emoregon.org with "Subscribe INEC News" in the subject line and include your first and last name in the message.

 

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