Two Chatham churches earn Earth Care Congregation status

Pittsboro, NC – Chapel in the Pines and Pittsboro Presbyterian congregations have been certified as Earth Care Congregations by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Pittsboro Presbyterian Church
Pittsboro Presbyterian Church

According to Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),  “Pittsboro Presbyterian Church and Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church are two of the 233 churches that chose to dedicate themselves to intentional care of God’s earth this year. The congregations’ activities and commitment will inspire others to respond intentionally to God’s call to care for the earth.”

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church

The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden. To become an Earth Care Congregation these congregations affirmed an Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach.

Started in 2010 by PC (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries, the goal of this program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way through integrating earth care into all aspects of their church life. The certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.

As an example of their environmental stewardship, Pittsboro Presbyterian Church in the autumn of 2017 had solar panels installed on their building. Chapel in the Pines is currently in the process of doing likewise.

For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program visit
www.pcusa.org/earthcarecongregations.