Environmental Guild & Garden Guild

The Environmental Guild and Garden Guild are two energetic, friendly, and multi-generational groups of parishioners who take seriously our call as Christians to care for creation.

News from your Environmental Guild:

A surprise guest visited St. David’s Earth Day Fair 2018 – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry!

Spring 2019:
Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 28,
8:30 a.m- 12:30 p.m.
Come celebrate Earth Day with the St. David’s Environmental Guild in the church entrance courtyard. Help us celebrate our glorious planet and our stewardship of it: New this year, there will be a silent auction of eco-friendly items – art, gift certificates, a veggie box and more. Citizens Climate Lobby, a national initiative, will have a table, and St. David’s own Lydia Heisel will demonstrate her Girl Scout Gold Award project to improve sustainability for St. David’s Youth Group. You can also get answers to your gardening questions from Travis County Master Gardeners, and learn about Austin city programs for conservation and sustainability – especially a new, free class on solar arrays for residential roofs (with a $2,500 rebate!). Our popular beekeepers will be here also. The early Bethell service will be held on the labyrinth (weather permitting), followed at 10:30 a.m. by a rededication of the church’s solar array on the deck. Join in all the activities to learn and celebrate!

Contact Kathy Cramer for more information.

Spring 2018: The Environmental Guild establishes two new top-bar beehives in Kyle, Texas. Located between an orchard and a large vegetable-growing enterprise, the bees have an ample supply of pollen to collect, in a safe spot where they can raise generations of new bees, pollinate nearby crops, produce honey for their ongoing needs and … eventually … provide us with a honey harvest!

“… the bees … are our best teachers, and for their willingness to tolerate us as their keepers and share with us their bounty, we are endlessly grateful.” (From Top-Bar Beekeeping, by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell)

For more information about any of the Environmental Guild’s projects, please contact Kathy Cramer.

What we do:

May 5, 2018: one week after installation, St. David’s new bees are busy “building comb” in their new hive.

Recycle batteries, small electronics, eyeglasses, ink cartridges, wine corks, pens and glue sticks, CD cases and more – check out our labeled drawers in the church lobby!

Tend the native flowering gardens on St. David’s campus. The Garden Guild meets the third Saturday of each month, 8:30-10:30. For more information contact John Touchet.

Maintain new beehives at an orchard in Kyle. To learn about upcoming, periodic workdays contact Bob Davis.

Host speakers on environmental topics. Listen to past speakers via the podcast links below.


Poverty & Trees: What’s the Connection? Valerie Foulkes, Plant with Purpose
Seeing Green through Human Eyes: An Exploration of Laudato Si’, Fr. Louis Brusatti, St. Edward’s University
Seeing Green in Your Own Kitchen: Composting for a Cleaner Earth, Susanne Harm, Austin Resource Recovery

St. David’s Youth Group members join the Environmental Guild and TreeFolks, Inc. to plant tree saplings in Zilker Park, January 2017

Science, Christianity, and the Concept of Stewardship, by Genaro Lopez, Ph.D.
Contemplative Beekeeping, by Jason Minnix
Food Justice Means Environmental Justice, by Ronda Rutledge

Produce an annual Earth Day Celebration.

Publish helpful articles and “green” tips in church publications.

Coordinate recycling and waste-reduction efforts at the church.

Network with other religious institutions and organizations to further our mission.

What we have done:

Bishop Doyle blessing a solar panel.

Bishop Doyle blessing a solar panel.

Completed a rigorous environmental certification program offered by GreenFaith (the first church in Texas to be named a GreenFaith Sanctuary).

Coordinated a ten-year-long effort with St. David’s staff to install solar panels on the garage roof (the largest solar array in downtown Austin).

Achieved National Wildlife Certification for the Labyrinth in 2011.

Continue to be a City of Austin Green Business Partner (Platinum level) since 2012.

Won the 2012 Keep Austin Beautiful Award for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

Our Mission Statement

Green FaithWe believe that God entrusted all of creation to our safekeeping and that we are therefore called to be responsible stewards of God’s beloved earth. Accordingly, St. David’s commits to take an ever active and holistic approach to environmental stewardship through education, service, and sustainable practices.

Join Us

We meet about once a quarter through the year, on Sundays at 12:30 p.m., to plan events, share ideas, and develop strategies to further our “greening” efforts. To join us, please contact Kathryn Cramer.