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Earth Ministry
EMO's Earth Ministry embraces a variety of environmental priorities and are concerned with how care for creation is woven into faith and the life of congregations and denominations. They provide a place for people of faith to consider how theology, public policy and practice can connect around stewardship of the earth.

Our projects include Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

Resources: Watersheds & Biodiversity | Food & Faith | Fossil Fuels Divestment

For more information, call (503) 221-1054.

Faith-based Environmental Organizations
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life -
United Church of Christ Environmental Ministries -
Episcopal Ecological Network
Evangelical Environmental Network -
Forum on Religion and Ecology -
National Council of Churches, Web of Creation
National Religious Partnership for the Environment -
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) -
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Environmental Justice Program -

Watersheds & Biodiversity Resources
Network of Oregon Watershed Councils: Who's doing what in watershed restoration? Ways to get involved
National Links to Watershed Networks
Salmon Nation
Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

Food & Faith Resources

Food Waste Reduction Guide Use this guide as your jumping off point to reduce your food waste. Download the Food Waste Reduction Guide.

Creating Opportunity through Micro-Enterprise: Faith Kitchens as Micro-Business Incubators
This handbook outlines how your congregation can start a micro-enterprise program.
Download Micro-Enterprise handbook.

Food Sovereignty for All: Overhauling the Food System with Faith-Based Initiatives
This handbook outlines how to start and maintain community gardens, community kitchens, buying clubs, farm stands and other projects harnessing faith community resources. It offers tips for project success and effective collaboration with low-income populations. Download Food Sovereignty handbook.

Farm-to-Congregation Toolkits
“That’s My Farmer” A Handbook to Starting a Grassroots Farmers’ Market Coupon Program includes practical tips gleaned from years of experience with the “That’s My Farmer” coupon program, guidelines for a successful program and templates for replicating it.
Farm to Congregation, A Handbook on Starting a Congregational Farm Stand documents our experience with five different farm stand models at faith communities. It outlines the typical tasks and responsibilities for the congregation and farmer, provides a recommended timeline and details how to integrate a farm stand into the life of a congregation and its surrounding community.

Food Assessment Reports
From Our Own Soil: A Community Food Assessment of Benton County
View full report or short report.
Everyone Eats! North/Northeast Portland Food Assessment
View full report or Executive Summary.
Food for Rockwood: Highlights from the Rockwood Community Food Assessment. View.

Congregational Wellness Project
The Congregational Health Index is an assessment and planning tool that enables congregations to identify possible changes in their environments and practices and make concrete improvements that support health. The Congregational Wellness Project developed tools for congregations to prevent obesity and chronic health problems. Because obesity disproportionately impacts lower-income and people of color, the project placed special emphasis on these communities. This project produced the Congregational Health Index in English and Spanish, a website ( with resources for congregations and families including sample congregational wellness guidelines, wellness policies, and more.


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