Our relationship with the earth, one another and God are related.* In unprecedented ways, human activity is negatively impacting the rest of creation.** Taking time to focus on creation can help us all ask for God’s wisdom and do our part for the care and redemption of the world.
- Originally prepared for Creation Care Sunday (April 27, 2014), see what you can do at your church and in your home/work life to participate in creation care. Use this CREATION CARE IDEAS LIST (pdf file) to plan activity in five congregational ministry areas.
1 – Worship
IDEAS LIST SAMPLES: Decorate altar with local flowers, hold worship outside in a garden, select hymns that celebrate creation, reduce worship space lighting by half, include eco-justice liturgy
2 – Education
IDEAS LIST SAMPLES: Hold Creation Care carnival during Sunday School, ask child-artists to color “Turn Off the Lights” light switch placards, watch Erik Bakus’ TIM-talk
3 – Buildings & Property
IDEAS LIST SAMPLES: Install aerators on faucets, plant native trees in landscape, conduct energy audit and discover ways to save money and energy
4 – Advocacy
IDEAS LIST SAMPLES: Host an environmental group for free in your building, sign-up for Lutheran Advocacy environmental email alerts, research your location’s watershed
5 – Discipleship at home & work
IDEAS LIST SAMPLES: Replace styrofoam/water bottles with reusable mugs; share vinegar, baking soda & lemon cleaning tips and switch from toxic cleaners; designate a “growing not mowing” part of your yard
The Creation Care team also recommends resources from these sources.
- Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPL)
- Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC)
- Carbon Fast info – Fasting to become more conscious and conscientious in daily life is part of Lent for many. Initiated by the United Church of Christ (UCC) four years ago and observed by several denominations and faith groups, such fasting has been applied to carbon use. Daily devotions and suggestions include GWIPL calendar (pdf file); the Anglican Communion webpage (with weekly themes of stuff, water, energy & mobility, food production and fixing); and UCC webpage (including Facebook tie-in).
* “Seventeen Biblical Foundations for Earth Care” are presented by the Rev. David Rhoads in this article on the LRC website.
** Find data at http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence, and read “Potential Impact of Global Climate Change on Malaria Risk” from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Biotechnology Information to learn more.
Pictured here are some previous initiatives undertaken in synod congregations.