- No synthetic pesticides.
- No genetic engineering. The US government has allowed the development and release of many GMOs into our environment and our food. Until compulsory GMO labeling is adopted in this country, buying certified 100% organic products is the best way to keep genetic engineering out of your food.
- No antibiotics.
- No growth hormones.
- No sludge. US government regulations permit sludge to be used on conventional farms despite concerns about contamination by high levels of heavy metals, dioxins, and other chemicals from industrial and commercial sources.
- No irradiation. Proponents argue that irradiation extends shelf life by killing microbes that spoil food and cause illness. Opponents argue that it also breaks down the enzymes and vitamins that make the food healthy in the first place.
- Promotes Biodiversity. Organic growers contribute to the survival of songbirds, bees, fish, and other species that have been harmed by persistent chemicals in the environment. Many organic growers also raise and preserve rare heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, and animal breeds that cannot be commercially grown on factory farms.
- Supports a true economy. Buying organic and local is a direct investment in sustainable agriculture and the long-term future of our county and planet.
- Organic foods meet strict standards.
Oct 31 at 5pm
Jim Couture will join other organists to present a family-friendly event with classic organ tunes from your favorite spooky movies and story-telling!
Either in the Sanctuary or pre-produced, TBD - stay tuned!
Over the last year, I have been very clear that the decision on how we worship during the COVID pandemic would not be made in isolation. Rather, I have consulted with physicians in our parish, with our vestry, and paid attention to the guidelines offered by our diocese. As you know, based on the very dramatic spike of new cases in late summer and early fall, we went back to virtual worship. At the time we made this decision, the number of cases per 100,000 was over 1,200. We are currently at 530, so the numbers are going in the right direction.
Based on this, we began discussion regarding resuming in-person worship. What we know:
- The numbers are going in the right direction but still high.
- Masking, social distancing, and the vaccination are the three best things we can do.
- This pandemic could last a long time.
This past week the vestry voted that we begin in person worship Sunday October 24th with the requirement of showing proof of vaccination in addition to wearing masks, and social distancing. Adding this third layer of protection means we are taking science seriously as well as the need to be together seriously. Beginning October 24th, we will resume the Sunday 8:00am, 10:00 am and Wednesday 11:00 am services with a table outside under the portico where you will show your proof of vaccination. We will use this protocol only until the numbers decrease more significantly and then we will remove this requirement.
This congregation has shown great patience during this difficult time, and I am most grateful to you for that.
Adam Gilbert Bartholomew is Co-founder of Network of Biblical Storytellers, International. He taught New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania for 25 years.
He lives in Spokane, WA, where he is an adjunct professor in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University.
The course, Healing Creation, brings together the Biblical story of the universe with 20th century developments in science. Adam. along with Joan Connell, a career journalist in religion and ethics, have written Healing All Creation: Genesis, the Gospel of Mark, and the Story of the Universe.
Adam and his wife Linda are both retired Episcopal priests. Their daughter, Jessica, lives in Cincinnati, OH, with her husband and their four daughters whose ages range from nine months to nine years.
When: Sunday Oct. 31 @ 1:00 pm
Where: This will be a Zoom presentation. The link will be provided soon
How: Supplemental Reading for this discussion is provided below but not required.
Healing All Creation: Genesis, the Gospel of Mark, and the Story of the Universe
We invite you to bring in creation-themed artwork to hang in the sanctuary. It could be a photo or painting of animals, landscapes, the night sky, etc. Be creative. The walls have been bare for far too long.
The C-news will resume with articles on Green Faith, projects St. Andrew's has done, the Elwha dam removal, and other interesting topics about our big, beautiful island home we call Earth.