About the project
A Liturgical Calendar for Sustainable Living
Over the past two years, First Congregational Church has used the images of water and earth as a liturgical focus in celebrating “A Season of Creation.” Toxins had been deposited in the groundwater and earth in the impoverished neighborhood near the church. First Congregational has used liturgy and mission to address this concern, developing rituals connecting the life-giving power of creation to outreach programs during the autumn months of 2010 and 2011.
Building upon this work, First Congregational proposes to deepen their relationship with other elements of the natural world using the liturgical calendar. How might Lent be a season in which to focus more intently on the dark fecundity of earth? How might Pentecost, with traditional images of fire and wind, offer opportunities to examine the theme sustainable energy? How might the Easter season offer opportunities to consider recycling as new beginning from what seemed empty and unpromising.
By developing a liturgical calendar based on the elements of nature, First Congregational intends to deepen their understandings of the relationship between the changing liturgical seasons and the environment, connecting ritual with the need to live in environmentally sustainable ways.