Princeton Seminary’s commitment to the well-being and health of people and the environment was represented in April with events hosted by the student-led Environmentally Conscious Organization of Seminarians (ECOS), the Wholistic Health Initiative, and a community gardening day at the Charlotte Rachel Wilson Apartment Complex (CRW).
ECOS Earth Week was held April 1 through 4 on the Seminary’s main campus. The group held a Reduce Your Footprint initiative to raise awareness of how much plastic and other non-biodegradable materials are consumed, and asked the PTS community to carry their own trash in a one-gallon resealable bag for four days. Other events included a lunch conversation about environmental ethics and the role of the church with Dr. John Bowlin, the Seminary’s associate professor of reformed theology and public life, and an ECOS worship service.
The Wholistic Health Fair, now in its fourteenth year, is an annual event that emphasizes the care of body, mind, and spirit. It includes exhibits from traditional and homeopathic health practitioners, and offers introductory spiritual direction sessions, mocktails, chair massages, health screenings, and door prizes.
Each spring, PTS students, spouses, and children gather at the community garden located at CRW to prepare it for planting by cleaning up beds, mending fences, and share fellowship. The reward, come summer, is a bountiful harvest of delicious vegetables for all to enjoy!
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