WELCOME

There is a place waiting for you at our table. We are a community of 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 belong and are warmly invited to join us for 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.

unnamed-12.jpg

LoCation

Earth Church is located at beautiful Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, NY. Roxbury is located just south of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site on NY Route 9H. There is a long drive next to a yellow shed with a blue sign that says Roxbury Farm Commercial Entrance. Follow this drive to the farm office and pavilion and you’ve arrived at Earth Church!

Accessibility and parking

The pavilion at Roxbury Farm is accessible by vehicle and you can park just feet from the space where we hold our services. There are no stairs to climb and, generally speaking, persons of all abilities can easily access our gathering space. We sit at picnic tables, but more comfortable chairs can easily be made available upon request. If you need special accomodations to join us, feel free to reach out to us at earthchurchhudsonvalley@gmail.com.

How should you be prepared to come to Earth Church?

We are a no-waste community and always share in a common meal together so please remember to bring a utensil, plate, and cup for everyone in your party.

You may also bring a potluck dish to share with the group, but we ask that you please make a plant-based (vegan) offering.

SERVICES

In 2019, four inaugural services will be held in spring, summer, fall, and winter. In 2020, Christian worship in the Reformed Tradition is led by The Rev. Kathryn Beilke once a month on the 4th Sunday at 4pm, with dinner following at 5pm. These are supplemented by services of various other faiths led by clergy and laypersons who are authentically invested in that faith reflecting on their own tradition’s intersection with creation care. To learn more or to join us please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for upcoming events.

 

WHY OUR MEALS ARE VEGAN?

This is simply to be in line with our aim for all our gatherings to do no harm. Setting aside this particular place and time as one that has minimal impact on the web of life is a spiritual practice. A 2018 Oxford University study concluded that eating a vegan diet is the “single biggest way to reduce environmental impact…” and found that it would reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food up to 73% because animal agriculture is one of the single biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. We do not expect our attendees to adopt this lifestyle, but we do humbly ask that potluck contributions meet this criteria especially as it is a “best practice,” of an inclusive community to defer to those with the most restrictive diets as a gesture of hospitality.

Many of our attendees not accustomed to vegan cooking find this to be a refreshing opportunity to learn a new skill, and have discovered deeper spiritual purpose in reserving this one day of the month for doing no-harm to the web of life.

Great recipe suggestions for beginners can be found at:

https://www.brandnewvegan.com/

Praise the Lord, sun and moon; praise God, all you shining stars... Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for God gave the command that they be created and set them in place to last forever and ever. Praise the Lord, you from the earth, you creatures of the sea and all you depths, fire, hail, snow, fog, and wind storm that carry out God’s command, mountains and every hill, fruit trees and cedars, living creatures and livestock, insects and flying birds, earthly kings and all peoples... young men and young women alike, along with the elderly and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for God’s name alone is lifted up; God’s majesty transcends earth and heaven!”
— Psalm 148