Since the fall of 2013, with the support of the Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s Board of Directors, Trinity has formed a Green Seminary Task Force, initiated an energy audit with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, established a significant garden project, engaged in more robust recycling efforts, and participated in local, state, and national movements that promote creation care. The Green Seminary Task Force also established a three-year planning process to meet more specific goals in four areas:
1. Facilities: implement energy upgrades, reduce carbon emissions, and attend to land use and sustainable hospitality;
2. Curriculum: encourage faculty to incorporate creation care into courses, increase course offerings dedicated to eco-theology and eco-justice;
3. Community Life: become a zero waste facility, increase sustainability of on-campus housing, and promote and engage students in green activities;
4. Public Leadership: engage students in advocacy on public policy.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary is part of the Green Seminary Initiative (http://www.greenseminaries.org/) and is in the GreenFaith certification process.
- Name:Margaret Farnham
- Faith Community Name:Trinity Lutheran Seminary
- Phone:(614) 235-4136
- Email:[email protected]
- More Information:Trinity and Bexley Seabury Seminary (located on the Trinity campus) formed a campus group called SEEDS (Stewarding Earth and Environment Daily and Sustainably) in 2006. The group hosts speakers, initiates projects such as the seminary garden, and promotes political advocacy as it relates to the environment. SEEDS also sponsors periodic cleanup of the portion of Alum Creek located near the seminary and seminary apartments. Trinity is a partner with Friends of the Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the creek, a main water source for one Columbus community and home to an abundance of plant and animal life. The Trinity/Bexley Seabury community participated in the Lutheran World Federation Fast for the Climate on February 26, 2015. Students chose various fasting disciplines for the day. Some gave up food entirely, while others gave up meat or various activities that produce carbon emissions, such as electricity use, electronics, or driving. The fast concluded at Bexley Seabury’s common meal that evening, where a vegetarian meal was provided, along with some advocacy materials. The Fast for the Climate is part of a year-long, global campaign to heighten awareness of climate change. During Earth Week 2015, the seminary community worshipped outdoors in the natural contexts of the seminary. Also part of the weeklong celebration: (1) worship leaders directed a blessing of the trees in the city of Bexley, the only city with the national designation as an arboretum; (2) the community gathered for worship at the Trinity/Bexley Seabury community garden behind President Barger’s residence for a special blessing of the garden; and (3) participants in worship acknowledged the community’s waste and consumption in connection with the start of a “waste audit.”