Green Chalice News
RECYCLE items from us go to others for continued use.
REDUCE the extras in our closets and storage areas; "Do you need it?"
REUSE items in good condition can go to a new home or for a new use for artwork, etc.
REJOICE in participating in the MCC Rummage Sale which supports the missions of our church.
The Midway Green Chalice group meets each month at Midway Christian Church. We continue working on ways to be more responsible in the use of the earth's resources, and educating others about this responsibility as Christians. Anyone interested in caring for God's creation in our community (and beyond) is welcome! For more information, contact Adele Dickerson.
Midway Christian Goes Carbon Neutral
It did not take Midway CC long to decide to be the first DOC church to commit to going Carbon Neutral by 2030. Their first steps were to invite Lexington Theological Seminary Assistant Professor Rev. Dr. Leah Schade to help them plan. On Earth Day Sunday Dr. Schade taught Sunday School and preached, challenging the congregation to be bold in their commitment by focusing more time on Advocacy and Activism.
In the sermon, Dr. Schade told the creation story from the perspective of the Earth. "It was powerful to imagine how the Earth celebrated the gift of new life which then turned to pain and suffering through extraction and pollution. Imagine how Earth mourns the loss of God's gift of wholeness," said Rev. McColl.
This became a visual from of prayer for the congregation. God heard this prayer and answered it through an invitation from Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light to purchase one array of solar panels at a reduced rate. They remembered Earth's joy and pain and took a leap of faith. And to their surprise, the church raised the money for 2 arrays of solar panels. But this was just the beginning of God's answer to their prayer for now Midway is working with Green Chalice to take courageous steps to go Carbon Neutral by 2030 and through their journey to encourage and empower other congregations to do the same. "As always happens when we follow God's lead, the pieces are falling into place, " said Midway's pastor, Rev. Heather McColl. "We are not sure what this journey will bring or how it will go, but we know God's Spirit is responding to our prayer, enabling us to create ripple effects beyond our congregation to bring forth life once more."
August 2018 Update: Our partnership with Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light to install a 4kw array of solar panels is progressing. Heather, Dan, and Adele met with Tony Sweazy and Chris Zitelli from Solar by Ecos (www.solarbyecos.com) to do an initial review of our building, including location of power lines and structure of the Fellowship Hall roof where the panels will be installed. According to Woodford County Planning and Zoning, a licensed structural engineer must evaluate and attest to the strength of the roof for safe and sturdy installation and provide detailed specifications and information. This process of coordination with Tony and Chris has begun. At this time, the projected date to start this installation is mid-August. We will keep you informed of the progress as we continue this major step toward becoming carbon-neutral.
Save Your Bottle Caps!
In April 2018, we joined with Northside Elementary to help them complete their goal to collect 400 pounds of plastic caps and lids to purchase a park bench through Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, IN. To reach this goal, they needed an additional 100 pounds.
View the complete list of acceptable caps and lids, as well as non-acceptable items. Please bring your clean caps and lids to the Narthex.
Once this project is complete, the collection of plastic bottle caps will be an on-going project for Midway Green Chalice. The hope is to create benches for our church, the Midway Community and Christmount.
ecoAmerica's guide, Let's Lead on Climate, features stories from organizations and communities across America that have successfully engaged their constituents in programs and initiatives to elevate climate leadership, action, and solutions. Midway Christian Church's contribution to this effort is featured on pages 16-17 of the 2017 Let's Lead on Climate issue.
Green Chalice is proud to partner with Blessed Tomorrow, religious communities called to bring leadership to a new moral challenge - climate change. Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation. Together, we inspire our communities to take action today on one of the greatest moral challenges of our era - protecting our shared home.
Generation Green on Social Media is a collaborative endeavor of youth from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to raise awareness of climate change. As part of this endeavor, youth groups from across the country will adopt a specific month during which they will create social media posts to help raise awareness about climate change and to encourage action.
Sponsor a Tree! Planting trees near the Equator provides greater results for carbon offsets because the trees far exceed growth rates of trees grown in North America and Europe. This helps poor communities stop deforestation and keeps rain forests standing while regenerating dead soils, rebuilding habitats and protecting water sources. ACCT (Association Community Carbon Trees) is committed to planting a broadly diverse selection of trees, designed to provide food and homes for animals and birds, protect water sources and river borders, control erosion, enrich soils with nitrogen and other nutrients, and produce medicine and forest products, including rare hardwood and softwood lumber.
To sponsor the planting and care of a tree, visit www.communitycarbontrees.org. .
Green Chalice encourages everyone to shop for Kentucky Proud and locally-grown foods when buying groceries. Midway Corner Grocery carries local products such as lettuce from Bluegrass Aquaponics, Brown's Beer Cheese made in Versailles, and a wide selection of Midway honey from the two honey companies in Midway. Area Kroger stores have a section of Kentucky Proud products, and we should encourage the store managers to keep adding other items to it. Also, be aware of how products are packaged to avoid over-packaging, and always recycle cans, jars, cardboard, etc.
Our communities and our bodies and spirits are healthier when we support local businesses, know the people where we live, and eat foods grown by local farmers.
Blessed Earth has created a checklist and challenge to encourage us to Live Locally:
Did you know? You can Walk in Nature for Mental Health.
A 2015 study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
More than half of the world's population lives in urban settings, and that is forecast to rise to 70 percent within a few decades. Just as urbanization and disconnection from nature have grown dramatically, so have mental disorders such as depression. In fact, city dwellers have a 20 percent higher risk of anxiety disorders and a 40 percent higher risk of mood disorders as compared to people in rural areas. People born and raised in cities are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia.
The researchers found little difference in physiological conditions, but marked changes in the brain. Neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, a brain region active during rumination - repetitive thought focused on negative emotions - decreased among participants who walked in nature versus those who walked in an urban environment.
It is essential for urban planners and other policymakers to understand the relationship between exposure to nature and mental health, the study's authors write.
Eco Tip: Make Your Own All-Purpose Green Cleaner
4 cups warm water
Mix water, vinegar and baking soda first, then add the soap and essential oil.
The annual Midway Christian Church Rummage Sale is an excellent example for recycling, reducing, reusing and rejoicing!! In cleaning our closets, garages, attics, basements and barns, we can support the church while sharing our clean clothes, household items, yard tools, etc., which are in good condition. The space that all these items occupied can now be reclaimed for a play area, work space, garden shed, display area, reading nook, etc.
Midway Christian Church's Rain Garden was featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader as one of the stops on a three day eco-friendly tour in July 2015.
Learn more about Rain Gardens at Bluegrass Greensource.
Top 10 Tips from GreenFaith.org for Water Conservation in the Home
One Solution to Food Waste: Over 133 billion pounds of food are thrown out each year in the U.S. Did you know that San Francisco is the first US city to mandate composting, with a goal of zero landfill waste by 2020? Technology is available to convert organic material (compost) into bio-gas - a renewable energy source. (From Disciples Home Missions Green Chalice News)
In 2010, Midway Christian Church became a Green Chalice congregation by entering into the Alverna Covenant. In 2015, the Certified Green Chalice congregation level was attained by meeting all necessary requirements including the adoption of the Green Chalice Covenant.
"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to God. For God laid the earth's foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. -Psalm 24:1-2
We didn't inherit the earth from our parents. We're borrowing it from our children."