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February 2021
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Black History Month
February is Black History Month in Canada, a time to honour the historical and present contributions of people of African descent. This could also be a time for congregations to make a commitment to becoming more culturally sensitive, racially inclusive, and justice conscious.  Here are some worship ideas offered by the United Church of Canada:  Black History Month 2 | The United Church of Canada
 
The GreenFaith International Network is organizing a multifaith global day of action for ecological and climate justice on March 11th called Sacred People, Sacred Earth . With already more than 50 partner institutions on all continents, religious activists are calling for climate justice and have already mobilized hundreds of actions and events.  Join the mobilization!
At the heart of the movement, is what GreenFaith calls local "circles". These small groups (about 5 to 15 people) are local communities of people that are passionate about faith-based action on climate change and the environment.  Learn more online about the circles here!
The Ottawa Chapter of Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) is currently running a free Energy Benchmarking Program, open to all Ottawa faith communities.  This program helps congregations take practical and cost-effective climate action decisions about their energy use and emissions by increasing awareness, tracking energy use, and assisting in energy audits and retrofits.  Learn more about Energy Benchmarking Program here and the next 2 webinars on Ask the Experts (Energy Projects) here   
 
Grants available to United Churches
 
A historic investment by the United Church of Canada to fight climate change is still underway.  Grants of 5000 $ are available for smaller DIY projects and up to 30 000 $ for larger retrofitting and renovation projects. If you are ready to improve the energy efficiency of your United Church building and need financial support, learn more about the grants here: Faithful Footprint Grants 
 
https://creationcare.teachable.com/p/10-steps-to-greening-your-church
Calling on church staff, wardens and maintenance crew:
If anyone is willing to test different energy audit guides for church buildings, we would really appreciate your feedback.  Please be in touch if this is of interest to you.

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