The Genesis Group


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The Genesis Group sponsors green events and strives to live sustainably in our homes, our church, and our community.

St. John’s doesn’t just talk about our responsibility to uphold the health of our planet; we have a commitment to advocate for its health through the Genesis Group. This group was organized by people who saw a need for our church to act on our concerns for sustainable living. Though quite new to St. John’s, the Genesis Group has taken the reins, and in a short time has realized many objectives, such as using ceramic cups for after-worship coffee hours and meetings; using recycled paper products in the building; distributing free compact fluorescent light bulbs; serving and selling Bishops Blend Free Trade Coffee; drawing on the energies of our Christian education group to step up our recycling program; installing rain barrels on the church grounds; partnering with an organic farm in Southwest Wisconsin to deliver fresh vegetables to St. John’s every week from July to November; and hosting a free trade fair featuring Ten Thousand Villages, a member of the International Fair Trade Association. St. John’s has received a Congregational Best Practices recognition from © Faith In Place for all the Genesis Group’s accomplishments. Individuals in the group are invited to research issues of interest to bring to the table and share with the congregation. Anyone is welcome to join or just come and listen in on one of the meetings, which are held monthly.
– Elizabeth Smolinski

We belong to and support these organizations Click the images to visit their websites

Bishops Blend Coffee from Episcopal Relief and Development

Stronger Congregations for a Sustainable World

Chicago Fair Trade

We host a fair trade fair through Ten Thousand Villages


Sign up for shares in an Organic Farm!
St. John’s has partnered with Genesis Growers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.) Farmer Vicki provides boxes of fruit and veggies. Weekly or bi-weekly egg shares are also available. Produce will be delivered to St. John’s garden on Wednesdays for three seasons. April & May, June through October, and November & December. Click here for the shareholder form.


Begin Going Green
It can be a renewing experience to try to extend your energy-saving habits one step further. Here are some ideas to try:

Buy more locally produced food. You can reduce emissions from transportation by buying from farmers markets and eating foods in season rather than foods shipped in from around the globe.

Use alternative transportation to work, school, or your place of worship. This is a good way to slow down and find a few extra minutes for contemplation during Lent.

Eat less meat. Reducing the amount of meat you consume, even just one day a week, will make a difference in your carbon footprint.

Turn down your thermostat. Grab a blanket and add an extra layer of clothing. Even one degree lower will add up to big energy savings.

Try a media fast. It can be very rewarding to turn off televisions, computers, and radios a few nights a week and sit down to a board game with your family.

Find more ideas here!
–from The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, Interfaith Power & Light


Sustainability supper
A group of people interested in issues of sustainability in our homes and community meet for a potluck dinner. Stay tuned for the next date!