The church in the woods that demonstrates God's love through inclusive community,
thoughtful exploration, loving service, and dedication to ecological ministry.
St. Aidan's Episcopal and Northside Presbyterian Churches occupy five acres of forested land located in an otherwise congested urban environment adjacent to the University of Michigan North Campus. At St. Aidan's and Northside one really does worship in the woods as we face the NWF certified wildlife habitat through pane glass windows (sometimes the deer interrupt the service). The God of Creation is never far from mind. And we have found through the years that many of our members receive much of their spiritual nourishment from nature and are especially attracted to this setting. Preservation and sharing of this precious gift with the community is very important to us.
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Susan McGarry, Rector, and Alan Vayda, Senior Warden, present GreenFaith Certification program to the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan Ministry Fair, Detroit, May 7, 2011
St Aidan's Episcopal, Ann Arbor, is the first church in Michigan to join the GreenFaith Certification Program ........read more
St Aidan's Episcopal and Northside Presbyterian Churches officially dedicate their joint property as a Certified Nature Habitat on May 3, 2009
The Easy 8: Eight Ways to Become Water Conscious in your Home from GreenFaith
The prefix, Eco, is derived from the Greek word, oikos, which means household, house, or a family. And, whereas the term's root meaning is the same as for Economy and Ecology, its connotation within an eco-justice ministry is "action to wholeness for God's household," that is, all of creation. Therefore, Ecotheology and its action corollary, Eco-justice Ministry, speak to the interrelatedness of all beings, as it advocates for world peace, social justice for all creatures, and environmental sustainability.........read more