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Ideas and resources for greening our faith communities, our spirituality, and our homes.

Our faith traditions encourage us to revere the natural world as sacred.

Here you can find resources created by Faith & the Common Good and Greening Sacred Spaces to help faith communities and individuals realize a healthier, greener lifestyle.

FCGGSSboothatPeaceDaysmall.jpgBelow are descriptions of resources available for purchase; many are available as free downloads for individual use for faith communities who are registered as part of our network. Please contact us prior to downloading or printing multiple copies.

Click the order button below to open our online order form for hard copies of our resources.

Our products are printed on FSC certified and recycled paper. Prices include shipping and handling within Canada only.
For large orders (11+ of any one item) or international addresses, please email resources@faithcommongood.org in advance for a shipping quote and link to our bulk/international order form before placing your order.

Order the Greening Sacred Spaces Resources

 

Guides & Workshops

A Guide to Developing a ‘Green Team’ in Your Faith Community

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Involve, organize, and motivate members of your faith community to take action towards eco-sustainability. This 14-page guidebook provides practical suggestions and steps for changes you could put in place to make your faith community a greener place. We know that talking about things is not the same as actually doing them; this guide will help you get things done by examining the processes and priorities to realize your green vision. It supports personal initiative as well as discussing the art of joining with others to create a ‘Green Team’.

Order hard copies of the Green Team Guide ($5 each) or download now (15 pages, 0.6 MB).

Practical Guide to Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Religious Building

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This easy-to-use 74-page guide is intended for property managers, green team members, and other decision-makers in faith communities who wish get to know how their buildings work and reduce the amount of energy they use in their buildings. It covers how to ‘tune-up’ your building through regular maintenance actions, details a wide range of retrofits that can help you save energy and money without sacrificing your comfort. It offers insights to lighting, heating and cooling systems, and concludes with a 20-page DIY energy audit.

Order the Practical Guide to Energy Efficiency ($15 each).

Due to the guide’s size, we have divided it into the following sections for your convenience:

  • Cover page and table of contents (208 kb pdf)
  • Introduction (34 kb pdf)
  • Simple Steps to Reducing Energy Use (181 kb pdf)
  • Building Systems and Maintenance* (164 kb pdf)
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Systems(305 kb pdf)
  • Lighting Systems* (92 kb pdf)
  • Water Conservation Priorities(33 kb pdf)
  • Purchases and Other Ways to Save Energy* (40 kb pdf)
  • Energy Audits (including audit templates)* (90 kb pdf)

The Green Guide: What we can do to Preserve our Sacred World

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Suggestions to help you live your faith and walk more lightly on the planet. This 8-page booklet is designed to be shared within your community and includes information on:

  • Eco-Spirituality: Why should we look after the natural world?
  • What can we do? Think about values, systems of production and consumption, true life-cycle costs, and changing our habits.
  • Greening our homes, gardens, workplaces, and transportation methods.

Order the Green Guide ($4 each)

Greening Sacred Spaces: Eco-Spiritual Workshops

Ecospiritual Retreat

This is a Christian retreat template for Stewardship and Reconnection: with God, self, others, and all of Creation. It is suitable for groups of approximately 8 - 20 participants attending multi-day reflective spiritual retreats with elements of ecological immersion. The template has modular sections. You can choose how to use it:

  • in weekend (2 night/3 day) retreats,
  • in a series of one-day or evening meetings,
  • as daily sessions of a longer (week or 10-day) retreat,
  • with one theme as a starting point for a month-long or Lenten learning focus

 Download "A Framework for Reconnection" (63 pages, 1.4 MB)

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Explore the connection between your faith and the health of the Earth, and create an action plan to begin making changes and encourage one another. This is a single session workshop guide for introducing the Greening Sacred Spaces program to your faith community. Participants focus on aspects of daily life, such as food, home, place of worship to explore how they may make small and significant changes and apply their spirituality in practical ways to reduce energy consumption and help care for creation.The goals of the session include:

  • Exploring the relevance of “greening” to our way of life
  • Exploring how “greening” sacred spaces is relevant to this faith community
  • Exploring the connection between our faith and the health of the Earth
  • Exploring how our beliefs become concrete in our behaviour
  • Exploring possibilities to make our homes, lives, and sacred spaces greener
  • Creating an action plan to begin making changes
  • Encouraging one another to change

 

Order the Greening Sacred Spaces Workshop($4 each)

 

Free Downloadable Resources

Youth Voices Manual

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Youth Voices Outreach Manual

A comprehensive manual on how to organize an inter-faith youth group.“This is not a typical manual. It wasn’t written by a famous author, or even a single author, but by members of the Sacred Water Circle (SWC), who collaboratively contributed to the words on these pages. This how-to-manual is based on our experience reaching out to young adults of different faiths and backgrounds to rally around a common cause

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Community Gardening Resources

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Community Garden Guide

Greening Sacred Spaces has developed a community garden guide for faith communities creating a community food garden. This comprehensive how-to guide includes information on:

  • setting up a garden
  • forming a volunteer team
  • planting a garden, including depth and drainage, organic matter, container gardening, rooftop gardening, tools, and other options
  • maintaining a garden – weeding, watering, and pest control tips
  • harvesting the garden – picking, monitoring, and chronicling the crop, freezing and fermenting, storing and replenishing soil
  • a garden resource list

 

Download Now!

Community Garden Presentation

This pdf document is a presentation for use with your faith community or garden team to kickstart or support your community garden program.

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Extreme Weather Toolkit

Extreme Weather Toolkit

This Extreme Weather Tool Kit will help your faith group think through the essential components of an extreme weather response plan. It is tailored for faith groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who want to support their most vulnerable community members to better withstand extreme weather emergencies.

Download "Faith Community Extreme Weather Tool Kit" (51 pages, 3.6 MB).

Faith and the Environment Toolkit

Faith and the Environment Toolkit

This toolkit has been created to empower and engage faith communities in building a safe, healthy and sustainable future. This inaugural edition of the toolkit focuses on three topics: water, biodiversity and food waste. We hope that it serves as a meaningful resource to educators, organizations, and others who are engaged in building healthy and sustainable communities. Community Environment Alliance, our Greening Sacred Spaces partner in Brampton, ON, created this guide in 2015 as part of their grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Visit CEA website to download "Faith and the Environment Toolkit" (44 pages, 6.5 MB).

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