Holding space for reflection of self-in-relation to Creator, Creation, and Community.
Together we are re-contextualizing church, re-claiming ritual and liturgy, and re-forming how each of us relates to the environment and each other. Located at Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, NY we look to the farmscape as a laboratory for exploring our sacred covenant with God to steward the earth.
3. No Impact
Earth Church has no building with need for heat or electricity; we meet outdoors under a covered pavilion in all seasons - rain, snow, or sun - from Ash Wednesday through Christmas (we take a break in January and February). Our gatherings do not contribute any waste to a landfill; we print no song sheets or bulletins and all our fliers are block printed on recycled grocery bags. We eat a plant-based (vegan) potluck all our gatherings, so make sure to bring your own a bowl, spoon, napkin, and cup! Our pastor even rides her bike to Earth Church!
5. Mission in Partnership
Our service to the greater community is oriented to the protection and care for God’s good Creation. But we don’t feel the need to re-invent the wheel when so many are doing great work in and around NYS that needs our support. Therefore, we seek to come alongside organizations and activists to complement their existing initiatives.
6. UNCONDITIONAL INCLUSION
No matter where you are on your spiritual walk, no matter what your faith background, or if you have no faith at all, you are welcome to journey with us and are warmly invited to any of our services or events. You will be embraced fully no matter your race, age, economic status, orientation, or gender identity. Children are always welcome and our activities are chosen such that people of any age or ability can participate. While our regular services are officiated by a Christian minister who leads from her tradition, we make an effort to offer interfaith opportunities led by clergy and laypersons authentically invested in a diversity of traditions.
Our Core Values:
1. Liturgy and Ritual
We believe these are fundamental to who we are as humans and that faith communities play an essential role in raising consciousness that leads to personal and societal transformation. At Earth Church, these are just as fundamental; ritual and liturgy serve as the container that holds a moment for pause and reflection on the self in relation to Creator, Community, and Creation.
2. Slowness, simplicity, and beauty
These are our gift to you and serve as markers of our aim to resist commodification and institutionalization. Earth Church is a Sabbath place where you have permission to unplug and be fully present to our activities, whether it be singing, prayer, cutting vegetables for a shared meal, building a fire, or arranging flowers for a centerpiece. We have no higher goal than mindfulness, and the consequence may be that we “accomplish,” very little.
The leadership of Earth Church convenes our gatherings open to the public free of charge without receiving any compensation to ensure that all resources generated from grantmaking to in-kind donations will directly benefit, enrich, and sustain the mission of Earth Church. We hope that this initial act of goodwill will create a culture of gift-giving amongst us that will radiate throughout our community.
Come join our initiatives or support us with a financial contribution! Earth Church’s inaugural project is to provide transportation with integrity for people of faith from the Hudson Valley to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC in April of 2020, enabling and training moral witness to the United States Congress on the critical issue of climate justice. We are currently raising funds towards the purchase and conversion of a 15 passenger van to run on vegetable oil, and planning a route based on donors who are willing to recycle used oil for our use. Be sure to sign up for emails, and check out our pastor’s blog for updates along this journey to make means as important as ends!