Sustainability at Awaken

Partnering with God in the renewal of all things opens our lives to becoming people who restore—people who restore our relationship with the land, people who restore the health of ecosystems, and people who restore community with each other.  We are called to be in a flourishing relationship with each other and the Earth, and to live so that this flourishing is possible for all.


Invitational Experiences

This team seeks to create opportunities and experiences that invite us to think and act intentionally about a topic related to the interconnections of ecological and human flourishing.  These experiences are also intended to build community with one another.  

April’s invitation will be a Cooking Class! This cooking class will explore ways to cook with local, in-season ingredients. We will cover different approaches and strategies for cooking in season, along with learning some versatile techniques that can be applied in the kitchen year round. Every level of cooking experience is welcome. Space is limited - sign up here.

Location: Art House North from 6-8 pm on Thursday April 4. Contact with questions.


Awaken Garden   

We are planting a garden at Awaken this spring to grow food, provide pollinator habitat, and promote water quality.  We’ll be partnering with our local West 7th food shelf to provide fresh produce. If you are interested in being on this team (watering, weeding, harvesting) we’d love to have you. Sign up here.

Additionally we’re looking for some people who will help with our build day. Saturday May 18 at Awaken. There are 2 shifts you can sign up for: building (9-12) & planting (1-4). Sign up here. Lunch will be provided at noon!

For more information about the Awaken Garden or to participate in planning, please email


Organics Recycling   

We’ve implemented Organics Recycling and improved recycling at Awaken, which has diverted the majority of trash at Awaken from the landfill back to nutrient rich soil or other uses.  Reusable mugs for Sunday gatherings are coming this year! Thanks to BizRecycling for helping us launch this program!  For information about how you can do this at your workplace or home, here are some resources: Drop-off Sites/Collection or Backyard Composting.



We’ve adopted the storm drain near Awaken.  Storm drains empty directly into the Mississippi River and local lakes.  Cleaning trash, leaves, and other debris from the surface of storm drains is a simple way to help keep rivers and lakes—and the creatures that inhabit them—healthy!  To volunteer to clean Awaken’s storm drain or more information about adopting a storm drain on your street, please email Maria,