Greetings from the Green Team!
We invite you to embrace the Lenten spirit of simplicity and join us in purging your toxic household waste that has slowly accumulated over time in junk drawers, under the kitchen sink, the back of your garage and in other out-of-sight-out-of-mind spots. Please set aside the time to pack up your waste and deliver it to one of the recycling centers listed on our downloadable flyer. But before you rid yourself completely of those dead fluorescent light bulbs, nasty cleaning solutions, and old paints, take a picture! We will proudly display the collective efforts of the congregation on a poster during the season of Lent. Join us in “laying down your toxic burden!”
The Green Team met on Saturday, September 17! A lot is going on. Send an email to our Administrator if you would like a copy of the minutes.
The Green Team is doing a survey! They want to know how many people at the Chapel would like to participate in some kind of program for buying organic and other environmentally-sound/socially-just products. Click here for a simple 3 question anonymous survey to assess how much interest there is.
If enough of us are interested, we will gather more information on what is available. It will take you 5 minutes at the very most.
Thanks! The Green Team
Bee Talk @ the Chapel:
by Simone Dippon, Chapel Apiarist (beekeeper)
YES, the sunny rooftop at the chapel is now home to 2 very tiny bee swarms, safely housed in 2 separate Warre Style hive boxes. Both swarms spent a few weeks at our family home in EL Cerrito, a few feet away from our patio table so we could enjoy their company. Just like most honeybees in our climate they are gentle, mellow and happily going about their nectar and pollen searching business.
Africanized hybrid bee strains can only survive in warmer climates like San Diego and are not suitable for urban beekeeping, even if introduced into our area they would not survive.
Our area is home to the European honey bee. They are absolutely fascinating: dedicated, hard working, extremely loyal, good house cleaners, caring nurse mates, innate building skills and ferocious defenders of their hive, strong foragers, dancers, able to fine-tune temperature through cooling and warming, skilled in finding, collecting and mixing medicinal material with antiseptic properties, great sense of direction, gentle if unprovoked, great fliers and much more.
Please talk to me at the chapel if you are curious or have more questions around these ‘new comers’. If you would like to get involved with the bees @ the chapel you can also e-mail me.
I will keep you updated!