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Creation Care Resource Page

Welcome to the Creation Care Resource Page!

We're glad you're here.

As Episcopalians, we celebrate God’s creation and acknowledge our duty to be faithful stewards of our environment. Here in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, we are blessed to live in an area of beautiful and rich natural resources. Yet our rivers, streams, forests, and mountains are not immune to the effects of pollution and greed. And the global crisis of climate change impacts all of God’s creation, no matter where we live.

The Creation Care Committee is a group of people from all over the diocese who share a commitment to this ministry with a goal for supporting this work throughout our region in a variety of ways. Our mission is shaped by the three goals of the Episcopal Creation Care Covenant: loving formation, liberating advocacy, and life giving conservation.

If you’d like to be involved with this committee or have questions, please contact our convenor Katie Ruth at

Story Collection

We believe in the power of stories to inspire and influence change—and here’s where YOU come in! We’d love to hear about ways you or your parish are caring for creation. These stories can be anything from sharing a favorite prayer, telling us about how you’ve reduced your church’s carbon footprint, or making us aware of how you’ve advocated for environmental policy change. These stories will inspire us all to further action. We’ll hope to eventually share some of these stories and pictures here.

Click here to share your creation stories with us:

Education Program

We are hosting a quarterly event on Diocesan Facebook/Zoom.

2023 programs are scheduled for:

  • March 23rd – Introduction & Panel Conversation w/ Bishop Scanlan, Katie Ruth, & Phoebe Chatfield
  • June 22nd – Energy Usage & Savings for your Congregation
  • September 20th – Creation Stories around the Diocese
  • December 6th – Celebrating Creation Care in the season of Advent
Watch the quarterly program on FB Live here:

More information and presenters will be announced in the Diocesan Digest closer to each date, so stay tuned!

Funding for Creation Care Projects

Share your creation care plans with us! 

The Creation Care Committee of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania invites you to share your creation care plans with us. We have a small amount of funding that we intend to distribute to fund projects across our diocese in 2024. We anticipate funding about 10 projects at about $500 this year (individual projects may receive more or less funding than this depending on need, a maximum of $1,000 will be granted to any one project). Your project must be implemented between January 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. 

Are you, for example: 

  • Installing alternative energy or finding ways to reduce your energy consumption? 
  • Planting native trees? 
  • Installing a stormwater mitigation practice? 
  • Planting a pollinator, native, or food garden?
  • Hosting an environmental education program? 
  • Advocating for an environmental issue in your community? 

Projects must be led by and in support of an Episcopal parish/ministry located in the Central Pennsylvania Diocese. Interested parishes are encouraged to apply, with endorsement from church leadership. This funding must be used in support of a specific project and not the generic work of a creation care team.  

Because we have limited funds, we will give priority to proposals that will result in an improvement in the environment or energy efficiency, that will have a substantial impact on the community or people in need, or that will be a building block for greater care of creation in the future.  If applicable, refer to the ways your project will support one of the steps outlined in the draft of the Diocesan Creation Care Plan.

Please fill out the form below with as much information as possible. A member of our committee may reach out to you with further questions. If your project receives funding, you commit to delivering a short written report back to the Creation Care Committee by December 31st, 2024. 

Applications open: March 15, 2024
Applications close: May 31, 2024
Application review begins: June 1, 2024 
Funding decisions announced: June 30, 2024 

Funding will be distributed in as timely a manner as possible after funding decisions are announced. 

If you have questions about this form or are seeking additional resources to support planning a creation care project, please reach out to the lead of our Creation Care Committee, Katie Ruth.

Apply Here: 

Suggested Resources

Below are some resources that we find especially helpful and relevant.

Please let us know if you have other suggestions for us to add to the list. Please note that resources shared here are not equivalent to organizational endorsements by either our committee or the Diocese.

Episcopal Creation Care

Episcopal liturgical resources, learn about the Episcopal Creation Care Covenant framework, information about national church advocacy at the United Nations, and more!

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

Free native trees available in the Spring & Fall, environmental education programming, congregation resources & multi-faith network, information on PA-specific advocacy, and more!

Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

International multi religious project contributing to a new academic field and an engaged moral force of religious environmentalism.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Watershed resources, green leader training program, site assessments (limited to Lancaster County), and more!

Interfaith Power & Light

Cool Congregations Grant Program, Faith Climate Action Week, and more!

Articles/Books/Other Resources

Creation Care Committee Member List 2023 - 2024

Katie Ruth, Chair
Sarah Klinetob Lowe
Maggie Chappen
Janie Coyne, Secretary
Victoria Wilcox
The Rev. Barbara Anne Hutchison
Sylvia Neely
Rob Gokey
John Gould
Greg Williams
Barbara Blakistone
Mel Graves, Liaison to Council of Trustees

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