Environmental Ministries Team

Our mission is to engage churches of the Conference in an active program of caring for God's creation via environmental stewardship that will preserve and restore Creation for our descendants and for all living things on Earth.

We accomplish this by working with congregations to:

  • Reduce the environmental impact of their church facilities and activities,
  • Assist their members to reduce the environmental impact of their homes, activities, and businesses, and
  • Reach out to others to work and advocate for environmental stewardship.

The Connecticut Conference Environmental Ministry Team is comprised of lay leaders in local churches across the Conference.  The EMT is led by co-Chairs George Stone, Katherine Freygang and Ian Skoggard. Pam Arifian serves as Staff Liaison. All are invited to join – please contact Pam Arifian for information.

What we do

Green Church Awards three-tiered environmental stewardship program recognizing churches for their environmental stewardship efforts.  Read more.

Witness – work with CTUCC Legislative Advocate, the Environmental Justice Center and nonprofit organizations to increase awareness of local, regional and national environmental campaigns and legislative action opportunities. Members have participated in advocacy directly with legislators, through meetings, petitions, marches and other events.

Education – facilitates workshops to educate communities about various environmental topics, including climate change, eco-theology, fossil fuel divestment, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) waste and natural gas pipelines, transitioning to renewable energy, food justice, and more. The EMT often collaborates with other organizations, such as Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network and Food and Water Watch on educational events.

Meeting – The EMT meets several times throughout the year. All are welcome. Most meetings are held at the CTUCC Conference office, with the option to call-in.