Who/how does the ministry serve? The St. Martin's Climate Action Team brings members of our congregation together to understand, act on, and pray about the very real challenge of climate change. We meet monthly and aim to serve as a hub for connecting folks within St. Martin's with fellow congregants called to act in response to climate change. We structure activities to allow fluid participation, with small teams taking charge of individual actions.
How do I get involved? Reach out to Climate Action Team leaders Jess Ballenger and Kathy Greely.
Who is involved? The Climate Action Team includes Jess Ballenger & Kathy Greely (co-leaders), Sue MacQueen, Andrew Reumann-Moore, Del Bright, Kim McNulty, Pam Darville, and Bill Cozzens, and collaborates with a wider community of organizations including PA Interfaith Power & Light and POWER.
Identify some successes: Recent activities have included book groups, solstice walks, film discussions, invasive plant removal at Buttercup Cottage in Fairmount Park, Parish Forums, Earth Day activities, and legislative advocacy.
Share the impact:
In collaboration with PAIPL, we produced "A Toolkit for Climate Action", which is offers a comprehensive resource guide for other congregations seeking to engage in climate work. Access the toolkit below!
A Toolkit for Climate Action
Bike & Hike Event for Climate Action
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PAIPL) click here to learn more is a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as an ethical and moral issue, through advocacy,...
Climate Action Team
St. Martin's has long been focused on and involved with climate issues. Our Climate Action Team has organized direct service programs, advocacy opportunities, and training in support of these issues. For several years we were closely connected w...
MLK Jr. Day of Service 2023
St. Martin's has been invited by the parishioners of Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church to join them for a day of service at the Rising Sun Gateway of Tacony Creek Park on Monday, January 16, 10am - 12 noon to pick up trash at this import...
Sustainable Advent Gift Giving Guide
Support a Cause
❖Donate to children’s hospital
❖purchases from Ten Thousand Villages
❖purchases from Raw Tools
(advocating against gun violence)
❖Beyond Borders (Haiti) ❖Guatem...
Winter Solstice Walk
In celebration of the Winter Solstice, the Climate Action Team will hold the annual Winter Solstice Walk on Wednesday, December 21, the day of the Winter Solstice.
We will gather at Valley Green Inn at 6 pm which is located at 7 Valley Green ...
Community Engagement Handbook
The Community Engagement Committee at St. Martin's (CEC) provides support, oversight, and funding for the community engagement ministries of St. Martin’s as they work in direct service, granting, advocacy, and organizing to advance a transforma...
Book Discussion Group led by Del Bright
Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe
Led by Del Bright, St. Martin's parishioner
Climate change is a real and present threat to our lives on planet Earth. Even thoug...
Winter Solstice Walk
Wellspring and the Climate Action Team are joining forces again to offer two ways to mark the shortest day of the year with prayer and nature. At 6 p.m. join the Climate Action Team for its annual Solstice Walk in the Wissahickon, featuring walk...
A Note from Connie Haggard
Posted September 7, 2021 As many of you may already know, our beloved members Connie and Dick Haggard had a close call when the tornado crashed through Upper Dublin Township Township last week. Connie had one request for me when I visited the...
Generation to Generation
Posted August 31, 2021 As we emerge from the hottest summer ever recorded and look forward to the cool breezes of the Fall, my thoughts turn to the future of our planet. Year after year, we are breaking records for global temperature and we ar...
Prayer List: August 26, 2021
St. Martin's ministries and partners: Climate Action Team and Diaper Collection for the Church of the Crucifixion.
Prayers: Claire Concilio; Max and family; Sharika Browne; Lyn and Andrew Fulton; Stacey Hogan-Tietz; Alexandra Ashbrook; C...
Prayer List: June 24, 2021
S t. Martin's ministries and partners : Climate Action Team, Acolytes.
Prayers: Claire Concilio; Max and family; Sharika Browne; Lyn and Andrew Fulton; Stacey Hogan-Tietz; Alexandra Ashbrook; Carter Bridges; Caroline Simmonds Cook; Ferris;...
"Under A White Sky" Book Discussion
On Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m., St. Martin's Climate Action Team invites you to an open, in-person book group, one meeting only(!),
We'll meet at St. Martin's on the terrace, to discuss " Under a White Sky ", by Elizabeth Kolbert. The Pulitzer ...
Community Organizing Skills Training Opportunity
Posted June 2, 2021 Three trainings and an Action Opportunity.
St. Martin’s Community Organizer from POWER, Lilah Saber, will be training St. Martin’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in the basic skills of faith-based community organ...
Prayer List: May 13, 2021
St. Martin's Ministries and Partners: Infant Supplies for Church of the Crucifixion and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. Prayers: Claire Concilio; Max and family; Sharika Browne; Lyn and Andrew Fulton; Stacey Hogan-Tietz; Guiseppe Parr...
Prayer List: April 22, 2021
St. Martin's ministries and partners: Climate Action Team, Intercessors
Prayers: Claire Concilio; Max and family; Sharika Browne; Lyn and Andrew Fulton; Stacey Hogan-Tietz; Guiseppe Parra; Alexandra Ashbrook; Jennifer, Tyson, Lawson, and...
Week-long Earth Day Challenge
Posted April 12, 2021
Join the St. Martin's community this year as we serve as faithful stewards of God's creation by participating in our Earth Day Challenge. You are invited to post photos of yourselves and your families participating in t...
Earth Day Sunset Compline
Join St. Martin's Climate Action Team for a Sunset Compline Walk in the Wissahickon for Earth Day. We'll meet at 6:00 p.m. at Valley Green Inn to start our walk. Parishioner Sue MacQueen will lead the walk and the Rev. Barbara Ballenger will lead...
Climate Justice and Jobs with POWER
A Community Conversation with Rabbi Julie Greenberg of POWER
POWER's Climate Justice and Jobs team works at the local and state levels to build racial and economic justice on a livable planet. POWER's Climate team works right at the int...
Prayer List: January 21, 2021
St. Martin's Ministries: Climate Action Team and Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Prayers: Claire Concilio; Max and family; Sharika Browne; Lyn and Andrew Fulton; Stacey Hogan-Tietz; Guiseppe Parra; Jennifer Poehlman; Alexandra Ashbrook; Ron Hos...
Winter Solstice Walk and Bonfire
Winter Solstice: Start with a walk, end with a bonfire Dec. 21
Wellspring and the Climate Action Team are joining forces this year to offer two ways to mark the shortest day of the year with prayer and music. Separate registration is requir...
Pet Blessings for St. Francis Day
Join in as we offer thanksgiving to the pets who have brought us love and comfort through the pandemic this year, and every day. We'll offer a general thanksgiving and blessings upon all pets. All species welcome!
Reconnecting to Earth through Spirit
Mondays, April 20 to May 4.
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
via Zoom video conference.
Co-sponsored by Wellspring and the Climate Action Team, this program will center on the book Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
The Sacred Space Between Us: Earth Hour 2020
An Online Earth Hour Celebration Supporting PA IPL, the Earth and One Another
Saturday, March 28 from 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come join Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s (PA IPL) friends and supporters from all over the state as we...
CANCELLED: Buttercup Cottage clean up
Sunday, April 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Let's help Buttercup Cottage. Over the past several years we've been committed to this space in Fairmount Park, which has a fascinating historic connection to St. Martin's. [Which we'll share on event ...
Climate Open Mic: Sharing Our Stories
A Parish Forum led by Kathy Greely and members of the Climate Action Team Parish Hall Come hear St. Martin's parishioners share how they've dealt with the challenge of climate change. These stories of deepening concern, finding hope, and ta...
Engaging Active Hope Virtual Workshop Series
Engaging Active Hope Virtual Workshop Series
Re-invigorate your faith in climate justice Tuesdays, January 14, 28; February 11, 25; March 10, 24
Location: Virtual-Your Computer Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m. ET Cost: $30 for the ser...
Winter Solstice Walk
Meets in front of Valley Green Inn Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Bring your own candle or lantern and join us for a meditative walk on the longest night of the year. We'll meet on Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park i...