Black Churches Are Going Green
Green The Church engages congregations in the fight against climate change, and helps churches serve as centers of resilience that ensure their communities survive—and thrive—in the face of disasters.
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The African American church has been on the frontline of the most important social movements of the last century. Black churches have a powerful role to play in fighting for clean air and water--and increasing health, wealth, and opportunity in our communities.
Green The Church (GTC) is an initiative designed to tap into the power and purpose of the African American church community, and to explore and expand the role of churches as centers for environmental and economic resilience. Developed in partnership with Carroll Ministries and Pastor Ambrose Carroll (a Green For All Fellow), GTC works to empower church leadership and lay people to develop practical solutions to economic and environmental issues in the Black community.
OUR THREE PILLARS
- Amplify Green Theology: Green The Church emphasizes the message that Christians have a duty to protect God’s creation. We work with church leaders to develop and share resources for theological environmental teachings. We also work to lift up the many voices of church members across the country who are already doing powerful work to care for our Earth and increase prosperity in our communities.
- Promote Sustainable Practices: Green The Church works with church leadership to make church buildings and operations more sustainable. From energy audits to healthy food programs, we work with congregants and leaders to literally green the church from the bottom up. These measures are good for the environment, good for the bottom line, and good for the health and well-being of church members.
- Build Power for Change: Our ability to create health and prosperity at the community level is tied to state, local, and federal policy decisions. Green The Church supports member churches in identifying how they can flex their shared political and people power to transform how our government acts on climate change, supports the green economy, and invests in resilient communities. By connecting Black churches to the climate fight, we’ll increase the power and potential of the national climate movement.