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Our Ministry Partners

Connectional Ministries/ Church and Society

United Methodist Creation Justice Movement 

The Creation Justice Movement is emerging at this kairos moment to connect
and support groups within the United Methodist Church and beyond for the work of creation care, justice and regeneration.

[It’s] website hub has been created to build connections within and partnerships outside the United Methodist Church, to facilitate communication for the sharing of best practices and resources, to increase power through collaborative action, and ultimately to grow the number and impact of Christians engaged in ministries of creation care, renewal, and justice.

Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light 

Mission Statement : The mission of the Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light is to spiritually respond to the challenges of the climate crisis through upholding the
sacredness of all life, protecting vulnerable communities, and caring for the Earth.
We manifest our spiritual values by reducing our carbon footprint within our daily lives, releasing the spiritual power of our faith communities, and advocating for
transformative climate protection and justice policies.

Other United Methodist Entities

 

Board of Global Ministries Creation Care Network

United Methodist Energy Managers Group  (Quarterly webinars and more!)

Board of Global Ministries Earthkeepers

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training.

United Women in Faith

Just Energy 4 All

Looking for ways to connect with other United Women in Faith members and people of faith who are working to advance just energy all year long?   Newsletters, monthly webinars, and focus work groups.  Get involved!

General Board of Church and Society

The worldwide mission, relief and development agency of The United Methodist Church

Life Around the Table

An ecumenical ministry of the United Methodist Church which provides congregations with a framework to explore the connection between food and faith, justice and creation — “what it means to eat with God’s intentions for all creation”.

United Methodist Conference Camping Ministries 

Cedar Crest Camp Environmental Education  (Russell Casteel, Director)

[Mission: To join with lifelong learners in education, justice, and advocacy with and for the earth.]

Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center (Rev. Gary Lawson, Sr., Director)

Area Colleges and Universities 

Austin Peay Sustainability Program

University of Tennessee Southern Sustainability Program

Memphis Theological Seminary:     Green Seminary Initiative

Land, Food and Faith Formation/ Doctoral program

Wesley Foundations 

MTSU

University of Tennessee Southern

University of Memphis

National Organizations

Sierra Club 

We are the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the world’s oldest, largest,and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Moms Clean Air Force

We are a community  of one million moms and dads united against air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate — to protect our children’s health.

Interfaith Power and Light

Interfaith Power & Light inpsires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

 

Audubon Society 

https://www.audubon.org/about/audubon-near-you   

Audubon protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.   

350.org 

We believe in a safe climate and a better future — a just, prosperous and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people.   We are standing up to the fossil fuel industry to stop all new coal, oil and gas projects and build a clean energy future for all.

Project Drawdown: Solutions for Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Since our beginning, we’ve championed 100% renewable energy for 100% of people. First, through connecting science, culture, and business. Then, through focusing on local communities. They’re the ones most impacted by climate change. They’re the ones leading and finding solutions. And they’re the ones who inspire us to do what we do.

Sunrise Movement 

We are the climate revolution.

Earth Justice 

At Earthjustice, we’re a nonprofit in the business of building a better future. 

Since 1971, we have been the legal backbone for the environmental movement. We represent our clients free of charge.

Society of St. Andrew

Our ministry prevents more than 30 million pounds of food going to waste each year. Society of St. Andrew food salvage programs have a positive impact on the environment by reducing landfill waste by as much as 30 million pounds a year. Instead of harming the environment, this food instead feeds hungry Americans.

Yale Climate Connections

Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change….

Through articles, radio stories, videos and webinars we “connect the dots” between climate change and energy, extreme weather, public health, food and water, jobs and the economy, national security, the creative arts, and religious and moral values, among other themes.

National Resource Defense Council 

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Regional Entities

Cumberland River Compact

The Cumberland River Basin, one of the most biodiverse regions in the country, encompasses cities, farms, schools, factories, and neighborhoods. We work on the root causes of water pollution, both urban and rural.

Our mission is to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through action, education and collaboration.

 

Harpeth Conservancy

Since 1999, the Harpeth Conservancy’s mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee.

Their mission includes clean water protection, river restoration and protecting our rural lands

Stones River Watershed Association

Since its founding, the SRWA has concentrated on building partnerships with public agencies and related non-profit organizations that share a commitment to water resource protection, fostering public interest in recreational use of our rivers, collaborating with schools and teachers in delivering quality environmental education, developing expertise in the assessment and restoration of river corridors, and networking with sister organizations in other watersheds.

 

Tennessee Environmental Council

Our vision is a Tennessee where people and nature thrive in harmony.

Composting Services/ Metro Nashville Composting

Free compost drop-off sites, links to education, compost bins and more.

 

 

Climate Nashville 

Leading the local charge to move our region toward a 100% renewable energy economy, reduced pollution, and improved community health.

Urban Green Lab    

We transform institutions like schools, businesses, and nonprofits into “labs” of learning that explore sustainable practice.

Nashville Food Project 

Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food,          with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.

Wild Ones (Tennessee Valley Chapter)

Our Wild Ones chapter is dedicated to educating and advocating for biodiversity in the Tennessee Valley.  We offer a variety of programs and events throughout the year that teach sustainable landscaping practices using plants that are native to our region.

 

Connect with what others are doing…

[Still under construction] 

Solar Panel Projects

The following churches have solar panels or projects in progress:

First UMC – Memphis, TN

Blakemore UMC – Nashville, TN

Christ UMC – Franklin, TN

Belle Meade UMC, Nashville TN

 

Geo-thermal Projects

Franklin First UMC, Franklin TN

Newly Formed Creation Care Teams

West End UMC, Nashville TN

Peace Tree UMC,  Collierville TN

Brentwood UMC, Brentwood TN

 

Energy Efficiency Upgrades

South End UMC, Nashville TN

Christ Church UMC, Franklin TN

Clark Memorial UMC, Nashville TN

 

Churches with Long Standing Creation Care Teams

Millington First UMC, Millington, TN

Madison Street UMC, Clarksville, TN

Belle Meade UMC, Nashville TN

 

Churches with Sustainability Policies

Brentwood UMC

Belmont UMC

Belle Meade UMC

Christ UMC

Churches with Gardens or Support Gardens

South End UMC, Nashville TN

Frankin First UMC, Franklin TN

 

Churches who Host Farmers Markets

Crievewood UMC, Nashville

Forest Hills UMC, Brentwood

 

Churches with Creation Care Programing for Youth or Children

South End UMC, Nashville TN  (2019)

Belmont UMC  (2021)

Crievewood UMC  (2021)