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Earth Care

University Presbyterian Church has been certified as an “Earth Care Congregation” by PC(USA)’s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2020. Started in 2010, the Earth Care program inspires congregations to care for God’s earth in a holistic way by integrating earth care into all aspects of church life.

Churches must be re-certified as Earth Care Congregations at the beginning of each year based on new earth care actions in worship, education, outreach, and facilities. UPC’s Earth Care Team hopes the congregation will be inspired to become good stewards of creation through our ministry and life together.



Earth Care Pledge

Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.

  1. Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth. 
  2. In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice, and community.
  3. Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
  4. Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation, and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships. 

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Ways to Be Involved

Coffee Mugs for Coffee on the Landing

Help us minimize our footprint by bringing your mug to church. We welcome donations of surplus clean mugs (traditional or travel) to leave at the coffee machine so that we can share with those who forget. After enjoying your warm beverage, take your mug home, wash it, and bring it back for a refill of coffee and fellowship the following week. Thank you for helping the church live out our Earth Care promise!

Composting at the October 13 Second Sunday Lunch!

A 2017 study revealed that 78% of Orange County’s “trash” sent to the landfill was not trash at all. Almost 50% was compostable! At Second Sunday Lunches, we’ve been throwing all of our plates, cups, napkins, utensils and food waste into trash cans destined for the dumpster and landfill. In September, we generated three enormous bags of trash totaling 82 pounds. For the October 13 Second Sunday Lunch, hosted by the Stewardship Committee and Presbyterian Campus Ministry, UPC’s Earth Care Team will set up composting stations so we can see how much we can reduce what we throw away. For more about composting, visit Compost at Home.

UPC’s Earth Care Team collected 56 pounds of compostable plates, cups, utensils, napkins, and food waste at the October 13 Second Sunday Lunch, leaving only two pounds of lunch trash for the dumpster and landfill! Compare this to the 82 pounds of trash we sent to the landfill from September’s Second Sunday Lunch, when we did not compost!  What a difference!

Compost and trash bags after October’s Second Sunday Lunch, 10/13/19.

Action Alerts

Tell Your Representative to Cosponsor the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019!

The House of Representatives is expected to introduce the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019. This bill seeks to transition the U.S. to a 100% clean energy economy by 2050 through collaboration between the administration and all federal agencies. Passage of this bill will put the U.S. on track to achieving net-zero carbon pollution across the U.S. economy by 2050. The bill will also create clean energy jobs and transition the country to cleaner sources of energy.

As people of faith, environmental stewardship is an essential tenant of our beliefs. Psalm 24:1 tells us that “the Earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” God’s creation is precious, and humans have been tasked to be faithful stewards of the Earth. As Presbyterians, we are extremely concerned about the climate crisis and the effects that it will have on all areas of our society.

Tell Your Representative to Cosponsor the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019

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Solar Resources

“In the heavens, the Holy One has set a tent for the sun, 

which…like a strong man runs its course with joy.”       Psalm 19:4-5

“As the realities of climate change present an ever-increasing urgency to our need to act faithfully in our energy consumption, many Presbyterians are exploring ways to support, purchase, and share renewable energy resources as an alternative to fossil fuel energy. From Presbyterian congregations drawing interest from the passers-by that notice solar panels on their rooftops, to a Presbyterian teen purchasing solar panels to charge his electric lawnmower (part of his carbon-neutral lawn-care service), the time is ripe to explore the options of solar energy as part of our Christian discipleship.”  PC(USA) Presbyterian Mission Agency

Check out these exciting solar projects at nearby churches and synagogues!

Solar Project | Pittsboro Presbyterian Church

Solar Energy Information – Chapel In The Pines

Project Solarize Kehillah – Kehillah Synagogue

Earth Ministry | Binkley Baptist Church

United Church of Chapel Hill’s Solar Journey

Solar Panels – The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist

West Raleigh Presbyterian – Solar Power Project

Resources for congregations considering solar:

Presbyterian Mission Agency: Solar

Presbyterian Mission Agency: Churches and solar energy

Solar Best Practices for Congregations – NC Interfaith Power & Light

Interfaith Power & Light: Congregational Solar Directory

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