Houses of Worship

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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 e-mail Active Group
First Parish UU John Buehrens Eleanor Rosellini efrosell@aol.com 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
Congregational Church Susan Cartmell, Heike Werder Deb Baldwin, Anne Hayek 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. Bartholomew  
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



Christ Episcopal Church


Carter Memorial Methodist Church


Congregational 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


Presbyterian Church


St. Bartholomew


St. Joseph


Temple Aliyah


Baha'i Community



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.