Cairn Christian Church Receives the Disciples of Christ Green Chalice Certification Award!
Article by Kay Lowe Wendling, Chair of Cairn’s Green Team
Cairn has always been an eco-friendly church and congregation, and in 2014 received the Green Business award from the City of Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee . This award was to recognize local businesses making steps to positively impact Lafayette’s environmental footprint.
- In June of 2014, the kick-off to Cairn’s Green Chalice Journey began with a verdant decorated sanctuary, including green fabric draped in the entryway, a moss covered alter table decorated with fresh flowers from our gardens, and two moss covered churches on display.
- The sermon was focused on conserving God’s green Earth and basil plants were given to congregation members, who returned the grown plants, which were made into a tasty pesto for a spaghetti pesto dinner evening, including home grown roasted vegetables.
- Cairn consulted local Eco-Cycle leaders who visited the church property and advised the congregation about the best ways to reduce waste and recycle, and a Colorado State University county extension agent presented Cairn with an eco-friendly plan for preservation of our land and natural resources during the recent remodeling of the church sanctuary.
- Following the advice of the county extension agent, church members planted 16 native Colorado trees and in another year, children scattered pest control lady bugs throughout the rose bushes. Runoff precipitation is directed from the building to water the lawn, and all snow is removed and placed onto the landscape.
- Each summer, Cairn has reduced the energy required for the air conditioning system when our pastor, Charisa Hunter-Crump and family/friend bluegrass band, Briar Branch, play in an outdoor Bluegrass concert and church service followed by a homemade ice cream social. Another summer outdoor service on the Cairn lawn is the blessing of the animals, a lively event!
- To increase natural lighting, fifteen new skylights have been added to the sanctuary ceiling and Alvin Corn Homemade glass cleaner https://crunchybetty.com/
battle-of-the-homemade-glass- cleaners/ is used to clean all church glass, in addition to other eco- friendly cleaning supplies.
- Church rooms use light switch motion sensors to conserve energy.
- The entryway is spilling over with egg cartons which are collected for reuse at the Louisville Food Bank and members’ used spectacles are recycled through the Lions Club Prevent Blindness Program.
- Our church leaders are good examples of ways to conserve energy and reduce air pollution in their modes of transportation, as Pastor Dr. Charisa Hunter Crump drives a hybrid car and our youth pastor, Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, often rides her bike to work.
Having the Green Chalice Certificate is an honor, but it is not the end of Cairn’s commitment to protecting and preserving the environment. We have always been a congregation who is aware of the fragility of our eco- system. Cairn Christian Church will not rest on its laurels and will continue to improve and increase our Earth saving efforts for many years into the future.
We thank the Disciples of Christ Green Chalice Board for this award, and for thinking not just about the present, but about preserving the future of the Earth for generations to come.
View the beautiful new plaque will be displayed in the church entryway. Next to the plaque you may read a more detailed report of the Green Chalice Certification Program.
Green Team Members: Charisa Hunter-Crump, Thandiwe-Dale Ferguson, Peggie Hudiburg, Kay Lowe-Wendling, David Shepherd, Gordon Koshio, Tim Byers, Jenne Wallace, Jason Schneider, Dustin Adkins