First United Methodist Church - La Grange, IL
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Environmental Justice


Current members: Clayton Daughenbaugh, Lucy Greer, Mike Greer, Jim Huff, Linda Huff, Ann Lee, Beth Pendergrass, Janice Miller, Hal Miller, Susan Schuengel, Peggy Ellis, and Katie Slivovsky

Background: In 1998 our church committed to a ministry of environmental stewardship and justice by becoming an Environmental Justice Covenant Congregation. An environmental justice committee was formed to raise awareness of environmental issues and provide opportunities for the congregation to participate in the healing and reconciling of all creation.


  • Comprehensive Recycling Program
    • Annual spring fundraiser. Shop and Share Days at Vern Goers Greenhouse to support expenses associated with the church’s recycling program.
    • Sunday Coffee Fellowship. Committee members wash coffee mugs to reduce use of disposable cups and also recycle the juice cups.
    • Electronic Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Days. Promote dates and locations in the Methodist.
  • Environmental Justice Worship Service
    • Annual worship service to honor God’s magnificent creation.
  • Fair Trade
    • Sale of Equal Exchange coffee, tea, baking cocoa and chocolate bars on the second Sunday of the month in Fellowship Hall after the 10:15 am worship service. 
    • Fashion Show and Fair Trade Gift Fair, November 2005:  The committee co-sponsored a fashion show and gift fair with the United Methodist Women. All items for sale were fair trade products - the clothing from Marketplace Handwork of India and gourmet coffee and chocolate from Equal Exchange.
  • Native Wildflower Garden
    • During the re-landscaping of the church grounds in 2003, the committee installed a native wildflower garden on the northwest corner of the property to convey the wonder and interconnectedness of nature.
    • Twenty different species of native plants are identified along the flagstone path that meanders through the garden.
    • The committee maintains the garden with periodic new plantings, weeding, mulching, and pruning.
  • Speakers/Presentations
    • Global Warming
    • How Other Religions Honor Creation
    • Public Lands at Risk
    • Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment
    • Shawnee National Forest
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Wilderness, including a letter writing campaign to support Utah’s Redrock Wilderness
    • Wolf Road Prairie
    • Year of Clean Water
  • Websites
     Check out our online photo album!