St. Louis Pastor Works to Enlighten and Bring More Youth Into the Environmental Movement

By Chelsea Blackmon

While researching methods to reduce the cost of electricity for his church, Rev. Rodrick Burton (pastor of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO) stumbled upon the concept of environmental sustainability. He started by purchasing solar panels for his church, then it was a snowball effect for him. The more he learned, the more he wanted to apply this knowledge to benefit his own community. 

The goals that he has for St. Louis are simple: bring other congregations in, educate young people on the topic as it relates to their own communities, and eventually have a regional conference surrounding all things environmentally conscious.  

Rev. Burton hopes for a future where young people will lead  environmental sustainability efforts. He recognizes that the demographic is concerned about the topic, but he also wishes to show them what they can do in their own communities. According to Rev. Burton, one way to spark interest would be...

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Co-Pastors in St. Louis Lead Environmental Practices By Example

By Chelsea Blackmon

Married pastors Rev. Clinton Stancil and Rev. Christine Stancil are deeply invested in the betterment of their community, starting with Wayman AME Church in St. Louis, MO. The Stancils’ long-term goal is to represent a productive, well-rounded community and they have been strategic in offering solutions to numerous issues facing their congregants and neighbors.

Rev. Clinton Stancil is no stranger to working at the forefront of social justice issues. His voice was frequently heard demanding for justice for Michael Brown in the wake of his murder by a white police officer. This experience is particularly relevant in today’s racially charged climate. 

Environmental racism is another issue impacting the Black community, including in St. Louis. The facts are undeniable, climate and pollution impacts people of color and low income families more than anyone else. There continues to be a need for sustainable...

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Green The Church 2019 St. Louis Pre-Summit Trip: Pastor Bruce and Vickie Carroll on Mission to Help Unify Green Leaders in the Community

While visiting St. Louis, MO to prepare for the Green The Church Summit in October, Rev. Bruce Carroll Sr., M. Div. Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. and First Lady Vickie Carroll, a former school teacher, spent two weeks networking and connecting with the community. While talking with members of the community, they encountered a local business owner with an interesting story to tell. The entrepreneur, a St. Louis native opened a smoothie shop with his family in a more affluent part of town. His daughter started to get sick often, despite the healthy fresh fruit and  vegetable smoothies that he and his wife fed her. After conducting research, he found out that the building that housed the smoothie shop was built over a dump zone, resulting in the water being polluted. Up until that point, that water was always used in smoothies, restrooms and cleaning. The solution to the problem was to move out of the building and, of course, to stop using the water. First...

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