The Minister of Environment and Climate Change recognizes Canadian churches as earth-care partners

April 28, 2017
Press Release

Ottawa – The Honourable Catherine McKenna will be present at the Green Churches Forum to show her support for Canadian churches of all denominations as spiritual and moral leaders in their efforts to reduce their ecological footprint. In conjunction with the celebrations taking place throughout the National Capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Forum will be held on May 11th at St. Paul University in Ottawa. Anyone interested in taking better care of our planet is welcome to attend.  After offering some words of welcome, Minister McKenna will be on hand to meet and exchange with participants.

Although churchgoers are not the first to spring to mind in caring for the environment, they are actually deeply involved in community gardens, recycling, efficient water and energy conservation, reuse (rather than disposal) of tools, clothing, toys and other items as well as in numerous other  varied and often original “green initiatives”. Christians are doubly energized in this quest through their faith that God has entrusted the care (not the domination) of his creation to humanity and we have the responsibility to respect and look after it.

Keynote speaker and the Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Bishop, Right Rev. Mark MacDonald, will share his unique insights on caring for creation. The introductory presentation by this spiritual and ecological leader will be followed by workshops on topics related to environmental education and action. During the break for a “green” lunch, it will be possible to visit the kiosks of various ecological organizations. More workshops will occur in the afternoon and an ecumenical celebration will close the day.

This fourth Forum organized by the Green Churches Network follows those held in Montreal (2010), Drummondville (2012) and Quebec City (2015). Started in 2006 in Montreal, the Network currently numbers more than 60 churches of various denominations across the country.

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