The Blue Theology Mission Station provides learning/serving experiences in ocean stewarship.
OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
California State Parks at Asilomar
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Discovery Center
Regional Parks at Marina Dunes
Since 2008, The Christian Church of Pacific Grove has hosted over 50 church youth groups, college and university groups, church intergenerational groups, and clergy on sabbaticals. Over 500 individuals have explored Blue Theology with us.
Our church is located one half block from the coast of the Monterey Bay and our congregation includes people who work in ocean science, tourism and hospitality, education and advocacy. In 2006 Pastor Dan Paul led the church in a study of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) idea that congregations choose a a mission focus based on their locations's particular needs and opportunities. We naturally chose Christian Ocean Stewardship as our mission focus.
The next year, our church was one of 50 different Central Coast faith communities invited to the Living Ocean Initiative, an interfaith gathering of faith, science and environmental leaders held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, whose aim was to build partnerships between faith and science and to encourage faith communities to use creation care theology to address climate change.
The Living Ocean Initiative was organized by church member Deborah Streeter, a minister in the United Church of Christ, who had been doing environmental ministry for some years, and was a volunteer and leader at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Reserve and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Having studied "Green Theology" and taken part in "greening" of local churches, she coined the phrase "Blue Theology" to address specific ocean and coastline issues.
Pastor Dan called together a Blue Theology Task Force in 2008 of interested members and friends of the church that would create a program using the talents of the Task Force and creating partnerships with local ocean advocacy organizations. For the past decade church members have led groups on walks and tours of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Reserve, and native plant restoration and science research on Asilomar Beach. They have provided special meals, taught poetry and art, helped make Blue Theology banners to take home and participated in an annual Blue Theology Sunday. Members have gone to DOC and UCC national gatherings to spread the gospel of Blue Theology. In 2017 we became certified as a DOC Green Chalice Congregation with special designation as the first "Aquamarine Chalice" Congregation.