Earth Stewardship


To involve ourselves and others in activities which deepen our relationship with creation and with the God of creation. We believe that as our lives are thus transformed, our need to transform the culture will grow as well, leading to such actions as simplified living, responsible environmental stewardship of church, home and business, and work for justice for the whole natural world.”

New members are always welcome.

Important Dates

Fair Trade Equal Exchange Coffee & Tea Sales: Every 2nd & 4th Sunday

Commission Members

  • Kathleen Pagan, Chair
  • Martha Banks
  • Janice Hamilton
  • Anna Lake
  • Anne Seraphine
  • Barbara Schanze

Fair Trade: A Taste of Justice

The Earth Stewardship Commission is subsidizing the cost to bring you organically grown gourmet coffee and tea from a joint project between the Church of the Brethren and Equal Exchange, a worker-owned fair trade organization.

Through the project, farmers in the developing world and their families earn a fairer share of income, have access to credit and technical support, and gain a trading partner they can trust, Equal Exchange.

In addition, for each case of coffee purchased by congregations through the project, Equal Exchange makes a contribution to programs that support and strengthen community-based cooperatives in coffee-growing regions.


God’s Gift to Water

dscf5699Clean water: a necessity for all God’s flora, fauna, and folk. Remembering our mission statement to involve ourselves and others in activities which deepen our relationship with creation and with the God of creation, the Earth Stewardship Commission adopted clean water for all our neighbors as a focus for our program during 2004.

We are working with the rangers and staff of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, and with Adopt a River, a non-profit environmental organization, to clean a section of Sweetwater Creek. This section is located within the boundaries of the Preserve just beyond the end of SE 15th St. in Gainesville (see map). Sweetwater Creek flows into Alachua Sink, the major source of Gainesville’s aquifer.

Our activities include both educational programs and clean-ups. In 2002 and early 2003, over 125 volunteer hours were spent in the project to pick up over 2,500 pounds of polluting material. Many rusting cans, plastic and glass bottles, tires, television sets, and even one fiberglass double utility sink, propane tank, and refrigerator, were recovered from the creek.

We report the weight of our collections and the identification of the materials to Adopt a River so that we might ultimately trace the sources of many of these pollutants.

We are continuing to partner with Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Adopt a River, and to provide education on clean water for our neighbors.

Please join us in putting our Christian creeds into deeds in caring for all of God’s creation, especially his bountiful gift of water. Let us work with our partners to make Sweetwater Creek the cleanest possible source of water for the Gainesville aquifer, giving access to healthy water for all our neighbors – flora, fauna, and folk.

Contact the parish office (372-4721) for further information.