Prayers about Creation is a resource from the Green Churches Network. It includes links to longer prayers and their own shorter prayers as well. They believe that people should follow the example of Jesus withdrawing into nature to pray and encourage everyone to praise God with all creatures. To read more about Prayers about Creation, click here.
Picture courtesy of creationjustice.org.
Creation Justice Ministries encourages Christian communities to consider water as a sacred gift from God that connects and sustains all life. They have created a free Christian education resource on water that includes liturgical resources, sermon starters, and ideas to take action. To read more about God’s Gift of Water or download the resource, click here.
Green Tips is a resource from the Green Churches Network that offers a way to build awareness about the environment in faith communities. They offer tips for every month that are based on passages from the Bible. They are meant to be published in a monthly newsletter or bulletin board. To read more on Green Tips, click here.
The Green Churches Network has created discussion question on Laudato Si’. The document highlights questions raised by Pope Francis from the encyclical and cites the page number they come from. To read the entire list of discussion questions, click here.
Helena Funk, the COP23 delegate from Germany, comes from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Northern Germany where their goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050. She discusses her personal experiences as a theology student and how she got involved with climate justice. Helena is one of ten young adults from the European and Asian regions that form the Lutheran World Federation delegation to the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany. To read more, click here.
The Green Churches Network has pulled out important quotes from Laudato Si’ that they feel highlight the main message of the encyclical and created a resource to share them. To read or download the entire resource, click here.
“So too is the Church. All Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education. It is my hope that our seminaries and houses of formation will provide an education in responsible simplicity of life, in grateful contemplation of God’s world, and in concern for the needs of the poor and the protection of the environment.”
-Paragraph 214 of Laudato Si’
Evangelical Environmental Network MOMS is hosting an event to learn about creation care and children’s health. The event will have faith leaders, medical experts, and advocates who are passionate about taking care of God’s creation and protecting children from dirty air and water. The event is free and will be held on October 13th in Grove City, Ohio. To read more about this event, click here.
Cedrick Yumba Kitwa, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo delegate for the 22nd UN Conference on Climate Change (COP22), reached out to young people to launch a reforestation and environmental education project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the span of 14 months, they planted 71 trees and created a park with a variety of plants. Kitwa said they are driven by their desire “to see sustainable development and safeguard the creation. We want to see the church involved in climate action because we are suffering very much from climate change already.” To read more on this program, click here.
Season of Creation in a Box is a resource from the Green Churches Network in Canada. It includes a prayer guide, poster, fundraising guide, activities on spirituality, education and action, and an explanation of the Season of Creation. To download any of these resources or the entire “box,” click here.
The Green Churches Network helps Christian communities in Canada care for God’s Creation. They aim to provide practical tools to Christian communities who want to improve their environmentally friendly practices. To read more about the Green Churches Network, click here.