Whether you have already begun a creation care journey or are just contemplating action, we encourage congregations to take the next step and share their commitment to the Kairos Call to Action by creating aCovenant of Creation Care. The Wisconsin Conference Board of Directors, along with the Creation Care Team, hopes to have at least 100 congregations joining in this call by the end of 2021! To assist in these efforts, the Conference Creation Care Team is working to support congregations and their members through resourcing, advocacy, and connections.
The Conference will record and lift up the names of covenanted congregations. By doing so, we can form a community to share knowledge and resources, and celebrate and strengthen our collective work for climate justice. Below is an example of a covenant your church can use as a foundation to develop your own covemant. If you’d like some guidance on how to get started, contact Lisa Hart, and consult the resources below and on other Kairos web pages.
Once your church has created its Covenant of Creation Care, please send a copy to the Wisconsin Conference via email to Lisa Hart or mail it to the Wisconsin Conference office at W1000 Spring Grove Road, Ripon, WI, 54971.
EXAMPLE KAIROS CALL TO ACTION COVENANT
We, the members of ______________ pledge to be devoted stewards of Creation.
We are called by God our Creator to take action personally and in community to help sustain our earth. Recognizing the many threats to pure air, clean water, productive land, and the health of all living beings, we covenant with each other and the greater church.
We will join in the United Church of Christ Kairos Call to Action and assess every possible way we can work toward climate recovery within our church and community.
We will strive to understand the causes and issues threatening the earth and take responsible action personally and as a church to work toward recovery and sustainability.
We will ensure appreciation and care for creation is part of all of the work of the church: in worship, church activities, community outreach, and upkeep of our buildings.
We make this covenant together because we believe that peace and justice are God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for a safe, healthy, and peaceful future home for all. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
Adopted by the Members of ________________
[Add signatures of all members]
Resources to help get started: