Simpler Living is a ministry of St. Paul’s Cathedral dedicated to growing in relationship with God and Creation.  We seek a Christian response to the environmental crisis and our excessive consumerism by living more simply and sustainably in home, church, community, and the world.

Our areas of interest include: faith and simpler living; creation stewardship; creation care education; alternatives to unsustainable fuels; energy conservation; transportation alternatives; water conservation; food production; sustainable consumption; composting; social justice; fair trade; and political advocacy.

As part of our role as creation care stewards, Simpler Living is excited about the possibilities of integrating this concern for sustainable practices throughout SPC’s campus, what we think of as the “greening of the Cathedral.


Contact us

Diane Lopez Hughes dianelopezhughes@gmail.com (217) 572-6004

Carolyn Lief carolynglief@gmail.com (858) 274-0587

2020-2021 Co-convenors


Our Meetings

We meet via Zoom on the first Thursday of the month.

We hold an informal check in from 2:45 pm – 3 pm

The meeting begins at 3pm and ends at or before 4:30 pm.

All are welcome.


Meeting ID: 255 582 538

One tap mobile (in case you prefer to call in only)

+16699006833,,255582538#    US (San Jose)


Here’s where we’re going: [plans for near future]

Here’s what we’ve been up to this year: [summary of year to date

Here are some of our accomplishments over the past ten years:


Simpler Living Work

SL Goals

SL Resources

Simpler Living Greening of the Cathedral


Bike Rack

SL Agendas/Notes–Archived (pre-Aug. 2020)

52 Ways to Care for Creation – https://www.creationjustice.org/blog/52-ways-to-care-for-creation?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=66065a50-1620-4abf-a165-a3c0a06c60ec



National Creation Care Resources

ECUSA Creation Care: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care

ECUSA Creation Care Pledge: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care/pledge

ECUSA Carbon Tracker vision: https://episcopalchurch.org/creation-care/episcopal-vision

ECUSA Carbon Tracker vision/espa https://episcopalchurch.org/files/creation_care_vision_sp_final.pdf

ECUSA Carbon Tracker tool: https://www.sustainislandhome.org/


Interfaith Resources

Greenfaith: https://greenfaith.org/

Interfaith Power and Light: https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/

Interfaith Coalition on Earth Justice: https://icejsd.org/

Video Resources

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Simpler Living

A Ministry of St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego, California

We rest on the sacred land of the Kumeyaay peoples.
Southern California Coast bioregion

“Scripture tells us that God looked at the whole creation and found it to be very good. As stewards of God’s good creation we have the joyful responsibility of caring for the earth and all that is in it. At St Paul’s, our Simpler Living ministry seeks to guide us in best practices of creation care, as part of our worship of our loving, liberating, life-giving God.”

The Very Reverend Penny Bridges, Dean

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