Our Congregation has been the recipient of the Cool Congregations Award given by Interfaith Power and Light.  We commend Sister Karen Burke who has spearheaded our efforts to  implement our Land Ethic Statement in preserving the Brentwood grounds in environmental sustainable ways. The letter announcing the award is printed below.


Dear Karen ,

We are pleased to announce the inspiring five winners of Cool Congregations Challenge in the Cool Planner, Sacred Grounds Steward, Energy Saver, Renewable Role Model, and Community Inspiration categories.

Every year our Cool Congregations Challenge celebrates the hard work being done by congregations across the county who are addressing global warming by reducing their carbon footprint and by becoming inspirations to their members and communities.
“The Cool Congregations Challenge winners inspire and show us what is possible.  We awarded Catholic Sisters creating sustainable farms in New York, a church in North Carolina that rallied 15 other churches to work together to weatherize low-income homes, and a synagogue in Maryland that swapped out 477 light fixtures.  These winners are creating jobs, saving money, and saving Creation.  There are dozens of excellent applications, but the five winners really stand out for the creativity and impact of their projects,” said The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, founder and president of Interfaith Power & Light.

The Cool Congregations Challenge shows that people of faith are united by concerns about climate change and are taking action – with or without support of government policies. The winners provide strong moral role models for their communities, and their activities have a ripple effect with people in their own homes.

Congratulations to our five winners!  Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh; NC, Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD; Congregational Church in Cumberland in Cumberland, ME; Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, NY; and Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, MO

With joy,

Kari Kiser
Community Engagement and Programs Manager
You can read the stories of the winning congregations and projects by clicking on:

Cool Congregations Winners