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Hamilton Faith Commuter Challenge

Bike Tour To Eco-Loving Places of Worship

Loueen Saige and DawnOn Saturday June 3rd, 2017, as part of the Faith Commuter Challenge, Environment Hamilton hosted a bike tour of places of worship that do great environmental work. The tour included two churches and ended with a planting of a pollinator patch at a nearby mosque.

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Church Bells and Bicycle Bells

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Anglican Bishop, Melissa Skelton. Photo Credit, Bayne Stanley

Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral has a new bell tower but the bells ringing in the 120 year old church last Monday were attached to the handle-bars of bicycles. With sacramental chrism oil, bicycle chain oil, holy water and prayers, Anglican Bishop Melissa Skelton, two Priests, and a United Church Minister blessed bicycles, transit passes, and a host of people who are making an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their commute to worship.

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Of Teens and Gardens

SS_planting_poster_sm.pngWhat do teens and plants have in common? They both need diversity in order to grow and be part of a thriving community. In Canada, one of our core values is respect for cultural and religious differences. With plants, it is biodiversity that creates a healthy ecosystem.

 

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Helping our Climate-Vulnerable Neighbours

Brampton_lighthouse.jpgThe wide spreading flooding across the country these past weeks is a reminder of our increasing vulnerability to climate impacts. Faith & the Common Good is continuing to work to encourage faith communities to 1) examine their own preparedness for climate-induced extreme weather events, and 2) reflect on how to best support climate vulnerable neighbours in their social and ecological justice work.

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GSS Halton-Peel 2017 Awards Night

Tristan and Ramsha

The Halton-Peel chapter of Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) celebrated its achievements at the annual GSS Awards Night and Networking Event on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Oakville. Two organizations received awards for their greening initiatives in 2016. The venue was the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre — a scenic location with tranquil flower gardens, and a special outdoor labyrinth.

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Announcing Ontario150 Growing Community

Ontario150In recognition of 2017 as Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the Ontario150 Partnership Program is providing youth with opportunities to participate in their communities in ways that reflect their creativity, cultural expression, diversity, inclusion, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, healthy living and civic engagement.

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National Faith Commuter Challenge, June 2-11

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Interfaith ‘get to worship without your car’

Did you know that transportation comprises 40% of an average faith community’s carbon footprint?1 Transportation is the second largest source of Canada’s GHG emissions.2 That’s why traveling green is one of the most important ways we can be stewards of our planet.

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Regeneration Works for Places of Faith: It All Starts with Mission

Peterborough workshop

So you want to regenerate your place of worship? Begin the journey with a hard look at your own mission. That’s the message participants heard at two separate workshops hosted by Faith & the Common Good (FCG) and partners, in Peterborough (February 25, 2017)  and Toronto (March 11, 2017).

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