In the two years since Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA, began its Creation Care Team, more than a dozen people have met together monthly and the team has forged ties with a number of other groups. “We believe it is better to partner with others than to work at environmental stewardship alone,” remarks team member Ned Leight.
In 2009, the team worked closely with their congregation’s Fellowship Committee and with Table of Plenty, a local soup kitchen, to purchase lightweight but durable place settings to be used in lieu of disposable plates and bowls at Table of Plenty and the congregation’s monthly fellowship meals.
The Creation Care Team worked with St. Paul’s Lutheran, a neighbor congregation, to promote and run metal and electronics recycling days. In 2010, the group plans to work with their congregation’s Property Committee to add aluminum and plastic recycling and small-scale composting to the paper recycling that is already happening at Zion.
Zion’s Green Team also has ties to the SAVE Alliance—an outgrowth of Students Against Violating the Earth, an environmental group at a local high school.