Creation at the Crossroads is a collaboration between RENEW International, GreenFaith, and Catholic Climate Covenant. They aim to share faith related resources for small-groups that respond to Pope Francis’ call to action in his encyclical Laudato Si’. To read more on Creation at the Crossroads, click here.
Permaculture Extension Initiative is a project from EcoFaith Recovery. The project is meant to build ecological and biblical literacy in faith communities while engaging in practical and transformative projects. The pilot project offers faith communities the opportunity to engage in: weekend workshops on the themes of permaculture, gardening, or watershed discipleship and biblical ecology; design and implement a food-bearing, pollinator friendly, or native habitat landscape and garden; permaculture/eco-biblical literacy mentoring of interns as opportunities present themselves. To read more on the Permaculture Extension Initiative, click here.
EcoFaith Recovery is a faith-based leadership development effort in the Pacific Northwest. Their purpose is to revitalize congregational ministries to participate in the healing of creation. They envision themselves as the tree of life, rooted and growing at the junction of ecology, faith, and recovery. They hope to create and network small groups and learning communities that can discover new and sustainable ways of being, to engage, mentor, and nurture one another in spiritual, economic, and community leadership, and to build and re-build powerful institutions that can employ the resources of Christianity, creation, cosmos, and community toward the work of healing. To read more on EcoFaith Recovery click here.
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.
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.
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.