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Welcome New Board Member: Rev. Sarah S. Scherschligt
FACS is excited to announce our newest board member Rev. Sarah S. Scherschligt. Rev. Sarah Scherschligt is the lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria (Fairfax County). With a background in biology and environmental ethics, Sarah has made caring for God’s creation an integral part of her ministry. She founded the ELCA Metro DC Synod Creation Care Team and is currently leading her congregation through a renovation with a focus on sustainable design. She believes that environmental devastation is the most important moral issue of our time and she is grateful to be working with FACS on local solutions to a global problem.
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FACS in the News
Meg Mall, the executive director of FACS, is quoted in this Fairfax Times article about the passage of the Fairfax County Energy Operations Strategy. She agrees that the strategy is a step in the right direction but points out that it does not go far enough to meet the county’s commitments to address climate change.
Read Scott Peterson’s, co-founder and Secretary of FACS, Washington Post op-ed on the recent passage of Fairfax County’s Operations Energy Strategy and the impact of climate change on Fairfax County.
Read Ivy Main’s blog which discusses the Fairfax County Operations Energy strategy and ten actions the county can be taking to take on a leadership role to address climate change.
Does your congregation have a Green Team meeting coming up this Summer or Fall? If so, Jackie, the membership engagement manager, would love to attend your meeting to hear about the work your congregation is doing! Email email@example.com with meeting information.
The Energy Masters program has been promoting a more energy efficient and sustainable community by training volunteers in energy efficiency and water conservation techniques and in delivering community education and outreach programs. Trainees then apply their new knowledge by performing energy upgrades to affordable housing units.
FACS Partner Spotlight
Green Muslims serves as a bridge between Muslim communities and environmental organizations. Their website contains green scripture readings, tips for a sustainable Ramadan, and more. Their Executive Director, Sevim Kalyoncu, is a valuable resource to the interfaith environmental movement in Northern Virginia. Together Green Muslims and FACS are working to connect and work with Islamic Centers in Northern Virginia.
This handbook was created as a resource for FACS members. Here you’ll find a large range of resources to facilitate thoughtful discussion and action in your congregation and Green Team. Explore the links to find websites, articles, videos, and reports with more information. Additional information and resources can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in starting a Green Team at your congregation, but don’t know where to start? Learn about how to form and structure a Green Team, how to create a focus, how to work with lay leaders, and much more. Check out this list of resources!
How is food linked to the environmental movement? Check out these resources!
In conjunction with this campaign, FACS is hosting our Annual General Meeting which will focus on how congregations can take direct action to reduce their waste. We will hear from Rev. Stephanie Allen who founded Zero Waste Church. She will discuss her experience of leading a congregation to reduce waste. This event is designed to teach and encourage congregations to reduce their footprint. All are welcome to attend!
What: FACS’ Annual General Meeting
When: Sunday, September 23rd from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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