The three most effective ways that we, as individuals, can learn to walk more gently on this earth of ours is through our transportation, food and energy choices. Earth Ministry (www.earthministry.org) is a wonderful ecumenical outreach ministry here in the Puget Sound helping churches of all denominations become better stewards of God’s good earth.
Earth Ministry recently launched a program called “Caring for God’s creation: On the Road, At the Table, and In the Home.” On May 23, the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church launched the first phase of this program with a “Car Free Sunday,” encouraging people to car pool, walk or bike to church that day.
Leading up to the second phase of this program, “At the Table,” some church members decided to have a “Parking Patch,” a small garden in one of the slots in our parking lot. This Parking Patch would symbolize the freeing up of a parking space as we continue trying to consolidate our car trips. The Parking Patch would also be a reminder to people to continue tending our pea patch over on Silva Avenue. The money earned from the sale of produce goes to the local food bank.
Well, last Sunday we launched the Parking Patch. Earlier in the week, two church members lined a small green gardening wagon from Costco and filled it with compost-rich soil. On Sunday, the children planted salad greens, radish and spinach seeds in the Parking Patch wagon and were going to tend it during the rest of the summer, until the plants matured. At harvest time, we would launch the second phase of Earth Ministry’s Caring for God’s Creation program, “At the Table.” The wagon, without its handle, was to remain in our parking lot throughout the summer, as a symbol of our attempts to make better transportation and food choices.
Unfortunately, sometime during Sunday night someone stole the green gardening wagon! Whoever took the wagon would more wisely learn to walk more gently on this earth of ours than walk heavily on people’s hearts.