St. Paul’s Earth Care committee focuses on helping the church and individual members find ways to promote climate justice and to reduce our contributions to climate change. Our active members range in age from 5 to 93.

In recent years, we’ve hosted a film series, informational presentations from experts on Earth Day, and hands-on educational programs for our younger parishioners. Other hands-on projects include implementing a compost program for food waste from church gatherings, building a rain garden to filter run-off from our large expanse of roof, and, in 2022-23, transforming a wasteland of invasive plants and trees into a beautiful, restful native garden open to all.

Made possible through funds from the Lilly Foundation, granted to support St. Paul’s hospitality initiatives, the new garden is planted with trees, shrubs, and 1400 perennial plants that support native insects, birds, and mammals. Our goal is to provide a hospitable sanctuary, a “refugia,” in which all God’s creatures can find peace and sustenance.