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What better way to honor our connection to Mother Earth than by keeping her healthy? Plan, as a group, to participate in a local clean-up effort. Many communities have annual clean-ups of lakes, rivers, or parklands. Some communities sponsor school clean-ups, which include the school grounds. If you are not aware of any of these, consult congregants, especially people involved in the Social Justice Committee or "green" organizations. Sierra Club members may have ideas. If someone in your congregation belongs to a group or business that sponsors a portion of a nearby highway, ask if the youth can participate in their next clean-up effort.
To bring a greater spiritual focus to this activity, ask a Pagan member of your congregation (or another Pagan group, if you cannot find a congregational volunteer) to start the clean-up off by blessing the group's efforts. During the clean-up, sing Hymn 73 in Singing the Living Tradition, "Chant for the Seasons," if the group has learned it.
After the clean-up, gather together and discuss the experience:
Make sure the clean-up site you choose is accessible to all the youth as well as other congregational members who may accompany the group.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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