Independent Presbyterian Church is now certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Environmental Ministries through February 2018. This honor recognizes the church and its members for committing to God's charge to till and keep the Earth.
To become an Earth Care Congregation, this congregation affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of its church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
IPC did this through educational programs and field trips, like the Highland Avenue Forum and its 2016
emphasis on water ecology. Information about being good stewards of the Earth was also published in The
Window and eUpdates. The church also changed how 3100 Highland Avenue was heated and cooled with new
boilers and air handlers, which provided energy and cost savings.
“It is exciting that Independent Presbyterian Church is dedicated to intentional care of God’s earth. The
congregation’s activities and commitment will inspire others to respond intentionally to God’s call to care for
the earth,” says Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns for the Presbyterian
The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries. The goal of
the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s Earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into
all of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment
and encourages others to follow their example.
A special thank you to Jane Cooper for assembling and submitting the church's application.