How to "Green" Your Church's Eucharist, or Holy Communion
a church garden in which to grow the necessary ingredients for communion.
washable cups for individual portions of wine/grape juice, or practice
a specific prayer for Creation during the Prayers of the Church.
and include moments of silence to reflect upon our relationship to the
earth and our relationship to food.
- Source the elements of Holy Communion locally if at all possible.
- Is there a local and independently owned bakery to purchase loaves of bread?
- Is there locally grown or milled flour to bake with?
- Is there a local winery?
- Do any members of the congregation farm or produce flour or wine?
- Are there organic options available?
- Call upon congregation members with green thumbs to help out.
- Obviously this will vary depending on local climate and seasons.
- For those who do not wish to drink from the common cup, using small washable glasses reduces waste tremendously.
- If this is not feasible, use recyclable cups instead.
- Practicing intinction (the dipping of the bread into the cup) eliminates the need for either.
- Thank God for the bounty of Creation that provides us with bread and wine so that we can partake in this sacrament.
- Reflection can help to foster care for the earth and all its inhabitants.
- By inviting all to the table, Christian communities embrace the diversity of all people and all of God’s creation, including the earth.
From Galbraith, K. L.(2009). Broken Bodies of God: The Christian Eucharist as a Locus for EcologicalReflection. Worldviews: Environment Culture Religion, 13(3), 283-304.