Climate Change: An Opportunity for which the Church Was Born
2019 Earth Day Worship Resources
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Wisconsin Conference Creation Care Action Makes the National UCC News –
Love of creation leads Wisconsin Conference to ‘go solar’
The Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ (WCUCC) is making a major investment in creation care, with the installation of a large solar panel array on the roof of the Trost Center, the Conference office headquarters in DeForest, Wisc. The project, proposed by the Conference’s Creation Care Team, endorsed by Conference Minister Franz Rigert, and unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the Conference Board of Directors, is a very tangible model of the UCC’s 3 Great Loves initiative.
“One of the three Great loves is, expressly, love of Creation,” said Rigert. “We have no time to waste, and all of us must act now if we are going to preserve this planet for sustainable living in the generations to come.””The Creation Care Team and Franz see this project as a witness and example. We all need to do what we can, where we can to reduce our carbon footprint,” said the Rev. John Helt, a retired pastor and co-chair of the WCUCC Creation Care Team. “Global warming/climate change may be the largest moral issue humanity has faced. The church needs, in word and deed, to address it in faith. Putting solar on the roof is one thing we can do.” Read the full story >
The Wisconsin Conference Creation Care Team has created a webinar series for 2019.
- Love Your Mother: Give Her Flowers will take place on Mary 2, 2019, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. More information and registration
- Here Comes the Sun: Solar Installations in the Wisconsin Conference – A webinar to celebrate the Trost Center solar installation along with the growing number of solar installations at UCC congregations throughout the state. We will share ideas and resources to help you get started, make the case in your congregation, secure grant funding and other concerns related to solar installations on church grounds. Exact date and time forthcoming, but it will take place in October 2019.
If you can’t join the webinar live, you can watch a recording at a later date. Here is the link to the first in the series: Grounded in Spirit, Called to Action: From First Steps to Next Steps, which took place on February 21, 2019.
Conference-wide Creation Care Team
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. On this page you will find many resources for your creation care efforts. If you would like to be a part of this team, or for more information on the Creation Care Team, contact John Helt, or Bob Ullman.
Creation Justice Church Program
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
Creation Calls Us to Care! Resources for Creation-Centered Worship
2018 Earth Day or Arbor Day worship liturgy
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!
2018 Earth Day worship liturgy (Word)
2018 Earth Day worship liturgy (PDF)
The Gift of Trees puzzles (Word)
The Gift of Trees puzzles (PDF)
2017 Earth Day or Arbor Day worship liturgy
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.
Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy for Homes and Churches
- Focus on Energy provides information, resources, and financial incentives to Wisconsin households, schools and businesses (including congregations) for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
- EnergyStar for Congregations offers free online resources including an Action Workbook for Congregations and the Portfolio Manager energy management tool, and awards an EnergyStar Certification for congregations that have achieved a high level of energy efficiency.
Wisconsin Council of Churches Creation Care Advocacy Resources
The Wisconsin Council of Churches offers a webpage full of Creation Care advocacy resources. Visit their site.
Quotes for Reflection on Climate Justice
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