Trinity, Menlo Park Launches ‘Reclaiming Eden’: A Year of Climate Action

Posted on March 25, 2019

Many Trinity, Menlo Park parishioners were wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, but for some there was a special significance – Sunday, March 17 marked the launch of a year-long programmatic focus on caring for creation, for “this fragile earth, our island home” and for all the beings that inhabit it.

After church over seventy people, including guests from the Menlo Park community, feasted on a “low-carbon” meal featuring delicacies such as Italian caponata, “crabless cakes” made with hearts of palm, mushroom bourguignon, and sweet potato hash. People were amazed at how good vegan fare could taste, and now, by popular demand, the recipes are posted on Trinity’s website.

Low carbon lunch, and menu

Parishioners Dan and Julie Cooper, and family


Parishioners Fiona Walker, Nat Lewis, and Larry Sweeney help themselves

Energy administrator and climate action consultant Tom Kabat introduced the audience to ways of thinking about climate change that emphasize the important role individuals can play, that each person’s actions make a difference, and the sooner the better, since the problem gets harder with each passing year. Kabat reviewed Trinity’s “three pillars” of creation care: “worshipping and discerning; learning and acting; tracking and sharing our success.” At the conclusion parishioners and guests left with postcards to mail in to Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County’s Community Choice Energy provider, requesting to “opt-up” to 100% renewable energy, a simple action which can save one ton of CO2 over the course of a year for a typical family.

Tom Kabat listens to a question from the audience

Future scheduled events include a Tenebrae for the Earth on Wednesday, April 17, a “Green Your Transportation” event featuring many different types of electric vehicles, bicycles, and more, on Earth Sunday, April 28, and a speaker, Erin Craig of 3Degrees, discussing air travel and explaining how carbon offsets work, on Sunday, May 19.

Guests are welcome at any of these events; check for details and times.

(left to right) Speaker Tom Kabat, Trinity parishioner Nancy Grove, the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, rector of Trinity, Trinity parishioner and “executive chef” for the event, Josie Gaillard