About Us




Vision:

  • Faith communities working side by side for a greener, healthier, more resilient Canada.

Mission:

  • We support diverse faith and spiritual communities contribute to greener, healthier, more resilient neighborhoods.

Overview:

  • Faith & the Common Good (FCG) is a national, interfaith network (charity registration # 82827 6121 RR0001) founded in 2000 on the belief that our diverse faith congregations and spiritual communities can be powerful role models for the common good.  Our network is composed of people of faith, hope, and spirit who, despite our differences in theology, dress and culture, share a calling to protect our ecosystem and a passion for community service.
  • Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) is our most popular program. A practical program accessible to all faith traditions, GSS assists faith communities with both the educational and spiritual dimensions of greening as well as the “how to” side of audits, retrofits and generally reducing a faith community’s footprint. We have developed a whole resource kit – with workshops, case studies, posters, guides, environmental services, awards, certificates and more– to help faith groups become community leaders in working towards a more sustainable future for all.
  • On average each year, we work with close to 800 faith communities, from 20 different spiritual traditions, to host hundreds of green events and activities that reach more than 10,000 Canadians.   With 1 of 3 Canadians attending worship regularly, we believe that galvanizing faith groups to be neighbourhood sustainability role models is crucial for a greener, healthier, more resilient Canada.

How We Work: 

  • Organizationally, we have a lean central staff team and charitable board structure that supports our sustainability work with individual faith communities of all backgrounds. Our board members represent a variety of sectors and faith traditions.
  • Our regional chapters, lead by both staff and volunteers, have local interfaith advisory committees, made up of volunteers from different faith backgrounds and denominations.
  • Civic engagement is fundamental to who we are. Our regional team members are housed out of local community organizations.  We help connect Canada’s diverse faith groups with the wide variety of local non-profit, municipal and commercial organizations dedicated to a sustainable future.

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For information on our history, including the Renewing the Sacred Balance and Greening Sacred Spaces programs, read our history document.

Acknowledgement: 

Faith & the Common Good is based in the Greater Toronto area, on the traditional lands and homelands of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River. Toronto is derived from the Mohawk word Tkaronto, which refers to ‘where there are trees in the water’. The sharing of this territory was codified in the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a treaty between the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, and other allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, Tkaronto is still home to many First Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are grateful for the opportunity to work on this territory.