Houses of Worship
Stewardship is an essential element in most religious traditions. An increasing number of religious denominations and individual congregations are embarking on sustainability initiatives. These may include improving the sustainability of their facilities as well as mission-based programs.
Green Needham has an Outreach program working with Needham's houses of worship. A number of Needham's faith-based communities have active sustainability/stewardship programs and more groups are being formed. We are seeking information about sustainability initiatives in Needham's Houses of Worship and would like to facilitate sharing of experiences and information.
Groups are welcome and encouraged to share information on these pages. Below is a table listing Needham's Houses of Worship including contacts for their sustainability groups, if they have one. If you are affiliated with any of our houses of worship and have information to share or would like help looking at sustainability, please e-mail Michael Greis or call (781 559-4623).
|Religious Organization||Clergy||Sustainability Contact||Active Group|
|First Parish UU||John Buehrens||Eleanor Rosellinifirstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Temple Beth Shalom||Jay Perlman||Michael Bailit, Lois Sockol||Shomrei Adonai|
|Christ Episcopal Church||Skip Windsor||Kevin Ruddy, Joanne Neale||Yes|
|Carter Memorial Methodist Church||Caroline Edge||Yes|
|Chabad Jewish Center|
|Congregation Ruach Israel||Richard Nichol|
|Cornerstone Assembly of God|
|First Baptist Church||Debra Jackson|
|First Church of Christ Scientist||Paul Gardner|
|Good Shepard Christian Fellowship||Darrell Minnich|
|Grace Lutheran Church||Jennifer Hitt||Dave Nikolajczyk|
|Presbyterian Church||Elliott Hipp|
|St. Joseph||Ellen Rooney|
|Temple Aliyah||Carl Perkins||Vicki Krupp|
|Baha'i Community||Ramin Abrishamian|
Houses of Worship Information
Detailed information for some houses of worship is available by clicking on their highlighted name.
First Parish UU
- First Parish in Needham - has made sustainability a centerpiece of the renovation and expansion of their facilities. They anticipate that once all energy-saving measures have been implemented, the carbon footprint of their expanded facilities will be only 30% of what it was previously.
Temple Beth Shalom
- Temple Beth Shalom's active social action group, Shormei Adamah is conducting a congregation-wide carbon reduction campaign.
Carter Memorial Methodist Church
Chabad Jewish Center
Congregation Ruach Israel
Cornerstone Assembly of God
First Baptist Church
First Church of Christ Scientist
Good Shepard Christian Fellowship
Grace Lutheran Church
Faith-based Sustainability Organizations
- "a non-profit initiative offering Massachusetts congregations of every religious tradition a comprehensive means of reducing energy consumption, lowering operating costs, and promoting clean, renewable energy in houses of worship and related buildings"
- Interfaith Power and Light, which now has organizations in 28 states, has its roots in Episcopal Power, a 1990's response to Global Warming that had early success buying renewable power for a group of California Episcopal Dioceses.