Monday, May 25, 2009

Green Living And The Christian Woman

I am conducting a seminar in two weeks for a church sponsored women's retreat. My topic will be on "The Green Economy and The Christian Woman". I chose an economic topic, because it was my understanding that many of these women have professional backgrounds I it was appropriate for my work as a banker. I would love for you to share your thoughts on the role of christian women in growing a greener, cleaner, sustainable and loving economy. These are just some of mine:

  • Our first assignment in this world was to tend to the garden
  • We created all kinds of change, once we ate the forbidden fruit- let's encourage our people to be more mindful of what we eat moving forward. Who is the snake in your life? Ego, stress, greed, lack of discipline, lack of focus, status seeking, insecurity, ignorance, boredom?
  • The Lord encourages us to live frugally and focus on the needs of the poor, not the needs of our closet
  • We are not to seek our treasures in this world, but invest in our heavenly rewards. The Evangelical Climate Change Initiative has wide support among christian leaders and outlines strategies for doing good through doing green.
  • Sisters have been change agents for thousands of years-more recently church going women were the driving force behind the civil rights movement and environmental justice movement. (Read When and Where I Enter and Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots)
  • Our economic clout as a demographic and our roles as caregiver and more often as breadwinners and builders of churches, require that we stay on top of opportunities to improve our bottom lines in a holistic manner, one which factors in benefits to household, community and planet
  • We can't afford to sit on the sidelines and let everyone else make plans for our future-(you see where that got us) much is happening now-green schools, churches and buildings are being constructed, stimulus money is being doled out for housing related projects, energy policy is being turned on its head, Michelle Obama is planting organic gardens on the grounds of the Whitehouse-how are we as women of faith going imprint on this movement?

Anyway, those are some of my thoughts about why women of faith can't afford to sit out on the green movement. I would love to hear your comments.

Ready to act? Click here to learn more about what your spiritual group can do to help our climate. GO GREEN FOR GOD's EARTH!

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