Here are just a few of the many free Earth care resources designed especially for congregations. If you have a relevant resource you'd like to share with the Michigan IPL community, email it to [email protected].
- Back to Shul - A Return to Synagogue Template Plan from Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Word doc, 2020)
- Plan for Re-entry for Great Lakes Episcopalians (PDF, 2020)
- Post-COVID Building Ventilation and Water Systems Reopening Recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE, 2020)
- Going Solar: Michigan IPL's Guidebook for Houses of Worship (2015)
- Statements about Earth care from diverse faith traditions
Study Guides & Sustainability Manuals
Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping
A four-session small group study curriculum designed to encourage, empower, and equip members of faith communities in their calling to care for creation. Prepared by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life's Resources for Congregations
COEJL has a wealth of resources for congregations, ranging from environmental issues (rainforests, oceans) to many Jewish holidays to sermons.
EPA ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations
This 79-page workbook provides practical advice to help congregations implement energy efficiency changes in their houses of worship and start saving money (2019).
Green Gurdwaras: Guide to Greening Sikh Places of Worship Across the U.S.
This 18-page guide by Eco Sikh covers green landscaping, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, food and waste reduction, and the indoor environment.
Green Sanctuary is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association. It provides structure, leadership, and support for the UU faith community to engage in an ambitious Environmental Justice and Climate Justice movement. The program is meant to help congregations deepen their reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth and it suggests specific activities that congregations of all denominations can do to further these goals.
International Environment Forum: Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change course
This 9-session course is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of climate change, to explore ethical questions connected to climate change, and to learn how to address these issues in the context of the spiritual teachings from the world’s religions. Bahá'í-inspired and designed to be used by any faith group.
United Church of Christ's Resources for Individuals and Congregations
The United Church of Christ has an environmental justice section of its website with a variety of helpful resources.