Green Sanctuary Ministry Team Blog

Only 3% of all the Earth’s water is fresh. That’s not a lot. Especially considering that fresh water is essential to all forms of life! Starting in the fall, the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team’s new theme will be: “Fresh Water – Rivers, Ponds & Wetlands.”Around the globe, fresh water is threatened by overdevelopment, polluted runoff and climate change. As the World Wildlife Fund website notes, “Despite their importance to life … freshwater habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate.” We’ll learn about the threats as well as what action we can take both as individuals and as a church. And although we’ll be thinking globally, we will be looking at our own back yard as well. The North Shore is primarily valued for its proximity to the ocean – that great salty sea – but it also has fresh water treasures including rivers (like the Forest and Ipswich Rivers), and ponds (like Breeds and Walden Ponds in Lynn) – we even have our own pond and wetland right on the church property! So, get ready to join us as we explore and celebrate fresh water bodies and their habitats!

Green Book Club!
The Trees in My Forest,
by Bernd Heinrich

If you are interested in joining the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team’s book club discussion, there are two slightly used copies of this year’s book, The Trees in My Forest, by Bernd Heinrich, under the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Please feel free to take one – but only if you intend to read the book and come to the discussion group!
We’ll be meeting on Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship (Library/Fireplace) Room.
The Trees in My Forest is destined to become a classic … biologist and acclaimed nature writer Bernd Heinrich takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the hidden life of a forest.
 
Winner of the New England Book Award Best Nonfiction Award.
This event is hosted by the Church’s Green Sanctuary Ministry Team with its mission of honoring the interconnected web of life and by promoting environmental education and sustainability both within the church and in the larger community.

We all became little kids again when Wingmasters visited. What a wonderful program.