B.E.S.T.

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B.E.S.T. follows the Episcopal Ecological Network framework of Reflection, Education and Action:

  • Reflection . . . through prayer and worship.
  • Education . . . about current environmental issues before us.
  • Action . . . in ways that protect, heal and honor the integrity of God's creation.

B.E.S.T. sponsors creation-centered programs and worship for our parish, Preschool and Church School programs.

B.E.S.T. promotes environmentally sound practices for campus landscaping, energy use and the use of other resources.

Links we Like
When we clean out our closets, just what happens to the clothing we discard?  Read more here.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to restoring our area's greatest and most important natural asset - Sarasota Bay. Learn more here about our estuary and the Program's activities to protect it.
 
B.E.S.T. recycling
B.E.S.T. collects inkjet cartridges, cell phones, and laptop computers.  Items are recycled by an organization in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold. Donations may be tax deductible. Items will be accepted on Sundays in September.

BEST: Boniface Eco-Stewardship Team seeks to include care of our environment in our call to be faithful stewards of God’s bounty. The team explores ways to become more ecologically aware and active, and provides educational opportunities for parishioners and community members

BONIFACE ECO-STEWARDSHIP TEAM
Few things are more important than this…the life of our planet!  With God’s guidance, Team members seek to provide parishioners with awareness and practical solutions for best practices on the environment, ecology, and sustainable living.  Educational activities include:  field trips, speaker programs, published Green Tips, recycling drives, and the worship opportunities of The Blessing of the Animals, and Creation Sunday.  Join us and help the world by changing the way we live, work and play.  For more info, please call Grace Riker or email.
 

WHY IS THE ENVIRONMENT A RELIGIOUS CONCERN?

(From the National Religious Partnership for the Environment)

“The environment” is only a pale reflection of a much richer word: Creation. Not simply what happened “in the beginning,” but the world that reflects the glory of the Creator here and now…through which we are sustained and enlivened…in which we meet the neighbor whom we are to love as ourselves. Creation is the world in which we daily encounter bread and beauty, majestic mountains and familiar neighborhoods, painful brokenness and solace for the spirit. Creation is where we stand as we hear the divine summons to care for our neighbor and for the earth. 

Creation invests the world with a depth of meaning not fully captured by the terms “environment” or “nature”. Creation means that all things in heaven and earth are related to the One who gives them their being. Creation means that our dealings with everything around us are bound up with our relationship to the Divine. Creation means that we are creatures, too; the healing of the earth and the healing of human persons and human society must go hand-in-hand.

At the core of Jewish and Christian ethics are the commandments to love God and one’s neighbor. Can we love the Creator without celebrating and caring for the creation? Can we love our neighbor without protecting the environment on which that neighbor’s life and health depend?

B.E.S.T. LINKS

Stewardship is all that I do with all that I have after I say, "I believe".

Diocesan of Southwest Florida Greenteam:

BEST and the HOUSE of BISHOPS

On September 20, 2011, the House of Bishops, while meeting in Quito, Ecuador, issued a pastoral teaching on the environment. You may read the full text of the letter at this link:

Some excerpts:

"This is the appointed time for all God’s children to work for the common goal of renewing the earth as a hospitable abode for the flourishing of all life. We are called to speak and act on behalf of God’s good creation."

"This is why the Church prays regularly for the peace of the whole world, for seasonable weather and an abundance of the fruits of the earth, for a just sharing of resources, and for the safety of all who suffer. This includes our partner creatures: animals, birds, and fish who are being killed or made sick by the long-term effects of deforestation, oil spills, and a host of other ways in which we intentionally and unintentionally destroy or poison their habitat."

"Our churches must become places where we have honest debates about, and are encouraged to live into, more sustainable ways of living. God calls us to die to old ways of thinking and living and be raised to new life with renewed hearts and minds."

"Our current environmental challenges call us to ongoing forms of repentance: we must turn ourselves around, and come to think, feel, and act in new ways. Ancient wisdom and spiritual disciplines from our faith offer deep resources to help address this environmental crisis. Time-honored practices of fasting, Sabbath-keeping, and Christ-centered mindfulness bear particular promise for our time."