Environmental stewardship

The material and links on this page were designed to be used as an internal resource for our Social Justice team. The content on this page and its sub-pages do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire congregation, nor does it always reflect the stance taken by the United Methodist Church as a whole. We are a church that strives to accept everyone, regardless of social, economic, and political beliefs.

photo of planet Earth (NASA image)Creation Care

God calls us to be stewards of God’s creation.

God spoke, “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself….”

—Genesis 1:28
(Eugene Peterson’s The Message)

As part of this call, we are each challenged to be cognizant of 1) the resources we use and for what purposes, 2) what it takes (and may take away from others) to acquire those resources in the first place, 3) and how to best minimize our personal carbon footprints on the one earth God has given us to tend.

NUMC solar monthly output> See our church’s latest solar output records

Resources for energy stewardship

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Interfaith Power and Light—“A Religious Response to Global Warming”
NUMC is a member of Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DeIPL), one of 40-plus state affiliates of Interfaith Power & Light, founded by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham. DeIPL has over 22 member congregations throughout the state of Delaware committed to the care of Creation. Take action and get involved; check out the aforementioned websites.

Energize Delaware Home Performance residential conservation and efficiency “Improve comfort, save money, save energy, and save the environment”
Delaware’s Home Performance Program provides up to $6,750 to professionally identify and make recommended energy improvements affordable with no income requirements. Learn how to easily reduce waste, reduce emissions, and improve comfort. Contact NUMC member Kerry Hollenbeck (443-207-2194, kerry.hollenbeck@icfi.com) for more information.

Delaware Weatherization Assistance for low-income families
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a free service that is designed to conserve energy, reduce waste, and reduce energy costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their home.

Delaware Energy Efficiency Investment Fund
Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is offering competitive grants to businesses for energy efficiency improvements. and combined heat and power. Our church received a $30,000 grant for improving its energy efficiency during phase one of our Renewing Our Foundation building improvements. Check out the program and see how your business can benefit.

Delaware “Green for Green” Program
The Green for Green Program will offer rebates to new home buyers who purchase and non-profits who build highly energy-efficient homes. Get rewarded for conserving energy, reducing emissions, and being a good environmental steward.

Renewable Energy Opportunities: Delaware’s Green Energy Fund
The Delaware Energy Office offers rebates for solar installations, geothermal heat pumps, and solar water-heating systems through its Green Energy Grant Program.

Delaware Environmental Summit
This organizing committee serves to coordinate the work of Delaware’s environmental advocacy organizations. The committee meets monthly or more often as needed.