To help highlight MMSD Green Luminaries awards, we’re focusing on the winners by asking questions about their practices and new environmental approaches.
MMSD's goal is to create enough green infrastructure in the region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains, to reduce water pollution and improve Lake Michigan and our rivers.
First up was the new Outpost store in Mequon.
Today, it’s All People’s Church, 2600 N 2nd St. I spoke with Linda Muth, the church’s minister of partnerships.
OnMilwaukee.com: Talk a bit, please, about the general mission of All Peoples Church?
Linda Muth: The general mission is to let the glory of the Lord rise among all peoples. We are guided by these core values: Children come first; We make disciples; We create sacred space; We serve soul food; We partner for justice and All Peoples really means all.
OMC: How are gardening and the environment so connected to the mission of the church?
LM: We believe that sacred space not only includes our worship time in our sanctuary, but the time we spend in nature and the care that we provide for God's creation. For more than 20 years, we have used vegetable gardening as a means of bringing children together to learn about God, to experience good work, and to care for the earth and themselves by growing good food.
As we have grown in understanding of "food justice" we have increased our dedication not only to growing food in small ways through our child/youth work program, but in our dedication to grow substantial quantities of healthy fruits and vegetables to share with the broader community. We have also grown to provide holistic education opportunities for the community, as well as opportunities for advocacy and partnership with local government and environmental groups.
OMC: What specific improvements have you made to your land that make it better for the environment and city?
LM: Through the planting of more than 60 fruit tre…Read more...