Whether it is taking on climate change or addressing the lead poisoning of children, environmental justice ministries could not have a higher purpose or calling than they do now. If the followers of Jesus today care about the air we breathe, the water we drink, or the world in which we live, then environmental justice ministry should undoubtedly be an integral strand in any church’s DNA. The UCC’s Creation Justice Church program aims to help you do just that. (UCC web site)
The United Church of Christ’s Creation Justice Church program offers resources to help your church start an environmental ministry. Start by taking on the Creation Care Challenge. Find ways to either give birth to an environmental ministry in your church or to take an existing ministry to the next level of engagement. Here are some resources from UCC.org to get you started:
Becoming a Creation Justice Church
Creation Justice Brochure
Five Potential First Steps: Starting on the Path to Green Vitality
Creation Care Challenge video
NEW Creation Care Video – Creation Care: A Story of Three Great Loves
The Creation Care Team of the Wisconsin Conference has created another worship liturgy for Earth Day for 2018. This year’s theme is The Gift of Trees. Great work, Team!
The Creation Care Team of the Wisconsin Conference would like to think Rev. David Huber, pastor of Plymouth UCC in Eau Claire, and Kathy Bartilson, member of Namekagon UCC in Earl and current Lay Academy participant, for their creative efforts in developing a worship liturgy for Earth Day 2017. We commend this worship service and additional resources to you for your use on Earth Day or any other day throughout the year when your congregation celebrates the wonder of creation.
The Creation Care Team’s primary focus is to encourage and support congregations in the Wisconsin Conference as they do what they can to care for creation. For more information on the Creation Care Team, contact John Helt, or Tisha Brown.
The Wisconsin Council of Churches offers a webpage full of Creation Care advocacy resources. Visit their site.
The following is from the opening devotional at the October meeting of the UCC Council for Climate Justice.
“The Spirit of God is a life that bestows life, root of the world-tree and wind in its branches. She is glistening life alluring all praise, all awakening, all resurrecting.
—Hildegard of Bingen
“More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one.”
“Green grace is the healing that comes to us when we enjoy rich bonds with other people, plants and animals, and the Earth.”
“Social injustice leads to ecological injustice and vise-versa.”
“1) Take only your share, 2) Clean up after yourself, 3) Keep the house in good repair for others.”
–Sally McFague’s Three House Rules
“If we cannot conspire to heal our planet, our reason for being is called into question.”
-Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC
UCC Environmental Justice Resources: ucc.org/environmental-ministries