Green Life Church, Rev. Helen Nelson
Green Life Church
Kansas City, Missouri
Green Life Church is a progressive, inclusive, holistic community living out the gospel of Jesus Christ through health and wellness, peace and justice, and environmental sustainability. Worship, programs, and other church activities are offered outdoors and at existing venues to maintain a low carbon footprint and in accordance with guidelines for green events. Outdoor worship and spiritual discussions are held at a wheelchair-accessible city park from May through September. Organic gluten-free communion elements are served during worship, with unconsumed elements respectfully returned to nature in a Creation Communion Ritual. Additional outdoor worship events are held as weather permits for Holy Week, Easter, Earth Stewardship Sunday, and other occasions. Season of Creation is observed during September worship services. Reverence for both Creator and Creation is articulated in liturgy and in practice. Missional outreach programs/projects include Bible-based study series and games; Eco-Fest Watershed Protection Exhibits based on Psalm 23; Drawdown Workshops based on the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming; Dimensions of Wellness Classes; Mindfulness Mondays; and Back-to-School Supplies Giveaways.
— Rev. Helen Nelson