The Lausanne Movement is meant to unite all evangelicals and to re-frame Christian missions in a world of political, economic, intellectual, and religious turmoil. The Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel was a gathering to build on the creation care components of the Cape Town Commitment. There were theologians, church leaders, scientists and creation care practitioners present from twenty-six different countries. To read about the discussions and convictions that were made, click here.
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action is a group of young evangelicals that work on overcoming the climate crisis. Their main goals are to build a movement to act and advocate together, to influence senior evangelical leaders to support climate action, and to hold political leaders accountable. To read more about the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, click here.
By the Waters is one of the two-part Caring for Creation program from Earth Ministries. It is meant to show how human activity significantly affects the amount of water and the quality of water available to other humans across the world. It is also meant to show how to better appreciate water as a life-giving gift from God. To read more on By the Waters, click here.
At the Table is one of the two-part Caring for Creation program from Earth Ministries. It is meant to teach people of the impact planting, fertilizing, and watering crops can have on creation. It also teaches the importance of appreciating and celebrating the gift of “daily bread.” To read more on At The Tables, click here.
Earth Ministry has a two-part Caring for All Creation program that encourages individuals and communities to live with God’s creation. These two modules contain resources and worship aids that address specific environmental issues. At the Table and By the Waters were created to help change behaviors in these places in order to protect and restore the gift of God’s beloved creation. To read more about these two resources, click here.
Dr. Melanie L. Harris is Associate Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of Religious Social Ethics, African American Religion and Environmental Justice. Dr. Harris is a GreenFaith Fellow and co-director of Earth Honoring Faith with Ghost Ranch Education and Conference Center. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of KERATV/Radio in Dallas and facilitates contemplative retreats as a licensed Spiritual Director. Dr. Harris is the author of Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics (Palgrave) and coeditor of the volume Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation (Palgrave) and editor of Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths (Brill). Learn more about Dr. Harris Here.
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PBS NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondant Stephanie Sy reports about Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) and other republican supporters of taking action on climate change. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/rising-conservative-voices-call-climate-change-action/
As a country full of natural resources, the impact of climate change is not always realized. However, our actions impact countries all over the world that have no choice in the matter. Hunger and Climate Change describes the effects that climate change has on places around the globe and future impacts on the United States. To read more or download this resource, click here.
Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping is a four-session small group study from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It’s purpose is to encourage, empower, and equip Lutherans in their calling to care for creation. It contains leadership resources, educational resources, and helpful ways to get people more involved. To read or download this document, click here.