Creation Care Programs for Churches
Caring for God’s Creation
Caring for God’s Creation are spiritual formation
and education programs conducted at a church. They are designed to help educate,
motivate and inspire people of faith to assume
an active role in caring for God’s creation, embracing Gospel justice and
nurturing spiritual wisdom.
The Earth & Spirit Center offers these programs in
various formats. Typically the program opens on Sunday evening and goes for two
or three consecutive nights or is presented as a weekly series. It is designed
to facilitate a spiritual awakening through proclamation and prayer. Others
formats can be arranged. Please contact the Earth & Spirit Center for more
Protecting God’s creation amidst environmental distress
is emerging as a critical issue of concern for the church and its members.
What do Christians believe about the care for the Earth?
The ten second summary: God’s love is made known through
God’s creation, incarnation and ongoing revelation. In the Book of Genesis we
read how God's word calls all things into being. This life-giving word brings
order out of chaos. Creation has an order and a purpose ordained and willed by
God, and God names it “good.” The goodness of creation therefore is a divine
proclamation. The human person is created from the clay of the Earth, a
creation made in the image and likeness of God. Humans are to live in
partnership with creation, drawing life and sustenance from it and in turn
treating all creation with care and reverence. Human beings are to be stewards,
the voice of creation, protecting and respecting its use and existence.
Why is caring for creation important?
One of the great challenges to contemporary religions is
how to respond to the environmental crisis. Christians have always had a deep
reverence for life on Earth and they are beginning to feel a sense of urgency
about what is happening to creation. Environmental concerns are on the front page.
Now your church community can become more familiar with these timely issues and
explore appropriate responses.
Caring for creation requires a new moral awakening to the
compelling demand – clearly articulated in Scripture, expressed in church statements,
and supported by science – that Christians must be stewards of the natural
world in order to preserve for ourselves and future generations a beautiful,
rich and healthy environment. This is a religious obligation, rooted in our
sense of gratitude for creation and reverence for its Creator.
Contact Anne Walter for more information or to schedule a
Creation Care program.
Director of Programs
Phone: 502.452.2749, ext. 6