Another year draws to a close and at FCG we are reflecting on what matters in life, what we hold dearly, what we value the most. For us, it’s relationships: to one another, to the animals, plants, water, the soil, the air, to Creator, to ourselves.
Our faiths and spiritualities play a critical role in healing all our relationships. For 21 years, we have been establishing connections with and harnessing the power of diverse religious and spiritual groups with the goal of building more resilient and sustainable communities for the good of all Creation.
In the coming year, as we look ahead to the next 21 years, we aim to strengthen and grow our network further, so that even more will join us, and together renew our moral duty to restore the sacred balance and steward Earth and care for “All my relations” (North American Indigenous teaching).
FCG is unique in Canada, as the only environmental network of religions and spiritualities putting our diverse faith teachings into action for climate justice, through our offerings of projects, webinars, free resources, advocacy and more.
In this year-end season, I hope you will consider giving a gift of any size to FCG, to support our work in the years ahead. As we nurture one another’s passion for the common good, heal from wrongs and create a brighter future, we will use your gift to expand on FCG’s 21 years of inspiring, equipping, and mobilizing people like you, through supporting project work, updating resources and developing new ones, and increasing our impact across all platforms.
I am tremendously grateful for the depth, breadth and width of the FCG network; especially the extraordinary team I get to work with on a daily basis. Women and men who are knowledgeable, creative and deeply committed to working together for the common good.
We are wishing you all peace, blessings and health during this holiday season.
Michelle Singh, Executive Director
Some 2021 Highlights
Faith Food Forests (Divest Waterloo).
Faith Food Forests was an incredible initiative that engaged five diverse faith communities and an Indigenous lodge in planting food forests on their properties. Read more.
Food Forest planting at Ram Dham Hindu Mandir, Kitchener, ON.
Energy Benchmarking (EB) Program (GSS Ottawa).
The GSS Ottawa Team. L to R: Charlie, Hannah, Aminah and Manon.
We experimented with our new Virtual Green Audit. Bethel United in Marion Bridge, NS, and Bethel United in Rideau Ferry, ON were participants. Both of these congregations were small, rural buildings with difficulty in getting skilled support to help them with their sustainability and energy efficiency goals. The Virtual Green Audits offered them expert advice in a pandemic safe manner to accompany them through their church, with practical, applicable advice and recommendations. More Virtual Green Audits are planned for the beginning of the new year, as more people hear about it and see the value it offers.
As collaborators with GreenFaith International we worked on a number of initiatives to demand climate justice and action. Sacred People, Sacred Earth (March 11) and Faiths for Climate Justice (October 17 & 18) were opportunities to join people of diverse religions and faiths throughout the world and send a message to world leaders at #COP26: destroying the planet is against our religions!
FCG Saskatchewan Chapter, Communities inspired for Environmental Action
Vancouver GreenFaith Circle. Global day of Climate Action, October 2021
FCG Network Learning Opportunity: Join us for Indigenous Canada 2022
FCG is committed to learning how to be a better ally to Indigenous communities. As part of our reconciliACTION, we are inviting you to join us for Indigenous Canada, an online course starting in January 2022 that is offered by the University of Alberta. Please contact Network Coordinator Elyse at [email protected] if you would like to walk together with us on this journey.
World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7, 2022.
FCG will be participating in the World Interfaith Harmony Week, happening February 1-7, 2022. We invite you to join us during this week at a virtual event on the importance of interfaith dialogue on climate change. We aim to create a space for values-based conversations on climate change that motivates diverse faith and spiritual groups to take action and help build more resilient communities. Stay tuned for more detail on this event in the new year.