Creation Care at St. James Church

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Creation Care

A few tips to consider when caring for God’s creation:

    • Reduce your consumption, reuse, and up-cycle things you already have, recycle items that have the recycle ♻ symbol that has a 1-5 in it (numbers 1 and 2 indicate plastics that are frequently recycled.)
    • Volunteer to help clean up natural areas, parks, and trails.
    • Educate yourself; share knowledge and insights you gain.
    • Reduce your water usage.
    • Choose sustainable seafood.
    • Buy fewer plastic items and use reusable shopping bags.
    • Use energy efficient light bulbs (such as LED bulbs).
    • Plant trees and native plants.
    • Look for and use non-toxic cleaners.
    • Walk and bike when you can instead of driving.

St. James plans to do an energy audit each year. Basically, this is an inspection and analysis of the energy-efficiency of the building.

The Creations Care Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas has a Facebook page! Check it out and see what people are sharing!

What is the Episcopal Church’s position on Creation Care issues, Social Justice, and other areas of concern?

Creation Care has been exploring advocacy at the Kansas Legislature. Click here for some advocacy actions and recommendations, as well as an overview of the 2 issues Creation Care is focusing on during this session.

Look up House bills HERE
Find your state Representatives and Senators HERE

Updates on several bills in 2024 Legislative Session

Note: Legislature is adjourned until 4/25.

General Environment:

HB 2541 – would enact funding for land conservation, wildlife, habitat, and recreation – had  a Committee Hearing. 

HB 2607 – requires improved reporting requirements under the Kansas Pesticide Act – it was passed by the House.

HB 2476 and SB 307 – the legislation contained in these similar bills is being considered in the Federal and State Affairs Committee – requiring legislative approval of the designation of national heritage areas, as well as requiring legislative approval for the funding of these areas.

SB 347 – passed by the Senate – Would require legislative approval of persons appointed to Wildlife and Parks Commission.  HB 2582 – would change the composition of the Wildlife and Parks Commission.

HB 2590 updates maximum penalties on pipelines for certain occurrances – Governor signed on 4/4/24.

Plastics Pollution:

HB 2446 – This is the act that prohibits localities from banning single-use plastics.   It was passed and sent to Governor Kelly on April 5. 

Water bills

SB 331 – Allows leaded joints in public water pipes and was passed and sent to the Governor.  She signed it on 4-4-24. 

Energy bills

SB 456 – in the Utilities Committee and is related to prolonging fossil fuel power plants. 

SB 455 -allows utilities to continue to charge consumers for seldom-used coal power plants.  It was referred to a conference committee.  There is no further action currently. 

HB 2268 in the Local Government Committee. – solar freedom in Homeowners Associations – associations could not ban solar panels.

HB 2588 was passed in the House – expands the size and capacity for net metering.   

HB 2227 – allowing solar power purchase agreements – in the Energy Committee. 

SB 126 and 278 – Individual income tax credit and utility reporting for community assistance – being considered in the Energy committee.

Rail Related:
  SB 349 – promotes rail between cities.  It was in a conference committee and amended, no further action currently.

SB 402 -prohibiting crew size requirements on Class II and III railroads – This is in the Transportation Committee. 



Net metering = a billing arrangement between solar energy system owners and utility companies. It allows solar panel owners to feed excess electricity they generate back into the grid in exchange for credits. These credits can be used to offset future electricity consumption when their solar panels are not producing enough energy to meet their needs.

Requiring public utilities to report information for community assistance = requiring utilities to report on their customer assistance programs, account delinquencies and disconnections. 

    The Creation Care Committee offers the following reading list with a few suggestions that might cheer or challenge you: 

    • Berry, Wendell. Jayber Crow: A Novel. Washington D.C.: Counterpoint, 2000
    • L’Engle, Madeleine. Penguins and Golden Calves: Icons and Idols in Antarctica and Other Unexpected  Places. Colorado Springs CO: Shaw Books, 2003.  
    • Macdonald, Helen. H is for Hawk. London: Jonathan Cape, 2014.
    • Merton, Thomas. When the Trees say Nothing: Writings on Nature. Edited by Kathleen Deignan. Notre Dame IN: Sorin Books, 2003.
    • Muir, John. Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple. Edited by Chris Highland. Berkeley CA:  Wilderness Press, 2001.
    • Note: because we’ve started here with some well-loved classics that may have fallen off your list, this collection tends toward the inspirational rather than the instructive or organizational. Let us know what you’re reading and what you love—our To Be Read piles can always use another book!

    Bishop Cathleen’s Challenge: Sustain Island Home

    Bishop Cathleen is challenging us to reduce our carbon footprint. Launched by the Diocese of California, Sustain Island Home is a tool for individuals and congregations to measure carbon footprint and then take measurable actions ranging from easy to challenging. Learn more and register at

    Other Resources

    Native Land locator:

    Episcopal Public Policy Network:

    Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith, By Brian Sellers-Petersen:

    Anglican Alliance: content for a DIY Climate webinar:

    Christianity and the Renewal of Nature: Human Responsibility and the Environment
             by Sebastian Kim & Jonathan Draper (Recommended by the Bishop)

    EDoK Care of Creation Task force website:

    EDoK Care of Creation Task force Facebook:

    Care of Creation Liturgical Resources:

    WRI: World Resources Institute:

    The Diocese of Kansas has been selected to participate in this grant-supported project
    Good News Gardens:

    Agrarian Ministries Facebook Group:

    Food and Faith podcast:

    Faithlands Agrarian Trust:

    Edible Theology:

    Brian Sellers-Petersen Facebook: or

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