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Creation Care

The Diocese of Southern Virginia is committed to developing and maintaining a model of creation care that articulates and implements an action plan advancing our stewardship, not only of Diocesan resources, but of the earth and all its resources. 

Awakening to Our Disconnect

In a world consumed by busyness and distractions, it's easy to overlook the beauty and fragility of our natural surroundings. We've become disconnected from the rhythms of the Earth, forgetting our interconnectedness with all living things. Our neglect has led to environmental degradation, threatening the very ecosystems that sustain life.

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Answering the Call

In response to the urgent call to stewardship, our diocese has established the Creation Care Team, a collective endeavor rooted in the Episcopal Church's commitment to caring for God's creation. Under the guidance of Bishop Haynes' creation care initiative, the Diosova Creation Care Team is dedicated to embodying the principles of compassion, stewardship, and environmental responsibility.

Embracing Our Mission

Our mission is clear: caring for God's creation. We invite you to join us on our journey of faith-driven stewardship, where we prioritize formation, advocacy, and action. Together, let's make a meaningful difference for our planet and its inhabitants. Your participation matters. Join us today!

The need is urgent. The time is now.

upcoming diosova creation care programs

Please register in advance. The Zoom link will be emailed to you after registering.

Food Waste with
Lynnette Johnson

April 22 @ 6:30pm on Zoom
Executive Director Society of St. Andrews. Visit the link below for registration information.

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Pollinators Program

June 15, 10-11:30am @ the Norfolk Botanical Gardens

In-person at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens with Alex Cantwell. More information and registration forthcoming.

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Past Program Archive

Composting with
Alexandra “Alex” Cantwell

The Creation Care Team hosted a Zoom program on composting with Alexandra Cantwell, Director of Adult Education at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 

The program provided an introduction to composting and covered how to compost, why we should compost, as well as dispelling common myths and misinformation regarding backyard composting.

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Straw Bale Gardening with Joel Karsten


Join author Joel Karsten in this Zoom presentation as he introduces the practical and effective technique of Straw Bale Gardening. Delving into its technical aspects and showcasing real-world successes, Joel offers valuable insights into this approachable method that's changing the way we garden.

Whether you're a novice or seasoned gardener, don't miss out on discovering the simplicity and effectiveness of straw bale gardening.

A recording of this presentation is available. Please contact Canon Lynn Farlin.

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A Conversation with
Katherine Hayhoe

Join climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe in her uplifting Zoom presentation, inspired by her book "Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World."

Discover a transformative conversation that counters the despair often associated with climate change, offering instead motivation, inspiration, and hope. Through her infectious optimism and practical solutions, Hayhoe empowers us to embrace a positive outlook and take meaningful action toward a sustainable future.

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Resources

Creation Justice Ministries – Creation Justice Ministries represents the creation care and environmental justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States. They work in cooperation with 38 national faith bodies including Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions as well as regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God’s Creation. 

Cultivate: Episcopal Food Movement – A growing network of Episcopalians cultivating resilient communities through the growing and sharing of food. 

GreenFaith – GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition for the environment that works with houses of worship, religious schools, and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.