The Paul M. Minus Memorial Fund

Rev. Dr. Paul Minus

A memorial fund has been established to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Paul M. Minus, founder of the Faith Communities Environmental Network (FCEN) of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative. Paul passed on February 13, 2021 at the age of 85 after a brief illness.

A resident of Orleans and recently of Claremont, CA, Paul connected his personal journey and love for the ecology of Cape Cod with a greater proposition to fellow parishioners of the Federated Church of Orleans: To “Care for Creation” by undertaking individual and institutional action to combat the climate crisis and protect this sacred earth. Since 2017, his faith-filled passion to care for the earth has served as inspiration for the nearly 40 faith institutions and more than 2,000 members now comprising FCEN throughout Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Paul was a director of the Climate Collaborative board of directors and the inspiration for the annual FCEN Faith & Science Forums held in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He mentored many who continue to learn together, advocate for eco-justice, and share best practices to care for all creation in our faith communities, towns, and personal lives. A beloved member of the faith and environmental communities, Paul will be deeply missed.

Your memorial gift will honor Paul’s legacy and ensure that the work of FCEN and the Climate Collaborative continues to have a positive impact on the lives and environment of Cape and Islanders for years to come.

Checks may be made payable to the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and mailed to: P.O. Box 46, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675. Please note “The Paul Minus Memorial Fund” in the subject line.

His Legacy

Creating and Building the Faith Communities Environmental Network – A Co-Creator’s Recollections of the First Two Years, by Paul M. Minus, February 2019

Methodist Theological School in Ohio – Emeritus Professor Paul Minus delivered the 2014 commencement address

His Impact

A founding member of the Orleans Pond Coalition some 20 years ago, we think of Paul as a “water warrior.”
Paul’s legacy will endure on the land his family has loved for so long.
Paul traveled the Cape and was always looking to involve people in FCEN.
It was Paul who got me to think about faith communities coming together on the Cape to advocate, educate, and share best practices. He was strong in faith and passionate about caring for creation.
His love and positive attitude about caring for all creation was infectious and I feel so blessed to have met him.
Paul was the person who came to our church and recruited us. We subsequently worked together on several join events.
What a wonderful, kind, and caring man. Not everyone could say the world is a better place for their having been here, but that is definitely the case for Paul.
Paul had a grand mission—probably more than one—and he completed it magnificently.
A great organizer and leader for the cause — the right person at the right time.
He’s an icon, and his commitment and force of personality made FCEN happen.

Paul was beloved to all of those who worked with him in creating our extraordinary network of faith communities committed to protecting our planet.

Our fearless leader.
Indeed, we will honor Paul and his memory by continuing the work and are so glad we can do our small part.