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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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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.


  • 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.

Green the Church News

Chicago, August 19-20: The National Green The Church Summit will include two days of worship, discussion, and action. We'll share resources for helping your church and community save money and energy by going green. You'll learn about important clean air protections that are under threat, and what churches can do...
On Thursday March 12th, some of the most influential African American church leaders in the country joined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council and Green For All to launch Green The Church. You can listen to this inspiring tele-conference right here. The press teleconference featured a number of prominent clergy...
Green The Church Summit - Inspiration and Action! Green The Church held our first major gathering during the Fall of 2014. The first ever Green The church Summit was held on November 11th & 12th at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. The Summit gathered some of the...