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Our story

With love for the Earth and concern about climate change, members of River Falls churches First Congregational United Church of Christ and St Bridget Catholic Community joined for study and conversation. Together they read and explored Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si: On the Care of our Home.” Challenged and inspired, the participants agreed to continue their work together. They hosted Earth-care speakers and the new group grew. After a few years, the group was meeting monthly, the name “Hope for Creation” was adopted, and River Falls faith communities were invited to participate in Hope for Creation. In 2024, the group rebranded to Hope for Earth to reflect the broader community effort.


Hope for Earth continues to partner for a sustainable future. We gather with gratitude for our Earth home and fellow creatures. We support sustainable acts such as carbon footprint reduction for individuals and groups. We advocate for government and organizational policies to reduce climate change and to heal our Earth. Hope for Earth invites everyone who shares a love and concern for the Earth to join our efforts. For more information, leave a message in the “Contact” section of this website.


Previous H4C Community offerings have included:
  • Earth - based “Welcoming Advent” gatherings including a prayer walk along the River

  • Earth Day outdoor gatherings

  • Speakers, addressing climate change, both in person and virtual, including meteorologist and author Paul Douglas and professor and priest Fr. Bud Grant

  • Virtual book studies: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and The Story of More by Hope Jahren

  • Community - wide event: “Partnering For Our Sustainable Community”

  • Support for River Falls churches “Green Teams”

  • Support / resources for churches planning solar panel installations

The PDF to the right is an overview of Hope For Earth including the structure, history, and some of our initiatives. Check it out to learn more!

The PDF to the right is the press release from May/June 2024 announcing the name change from Hope for Creation to Hope for Earth!

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