Join us in observing Creation Season, Sept. 1-Oct. 4
The Season of Creation, Sept. 1 through Oct. 4, is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time for renewing, repairing and restoring our relationship to God, one another and all of creation. The Episcopal Church joins this international effort for prayer and action for climate justice and an end to environmental racism and ecological destruction. This year’s theme is Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope. In celebrating the season, we are invited to consider anew our ecological, economic and political ways of living.
Find Episcopal Church Season of Creation and St. Francis Day resources here.
A pastoral reflection by Bishop Harris
In a pastoral reflection for Creation Season 2020, Bishop Gayle E. Harris writes:
"Justice, for people and this planet in which all life is interdependent, requires vigilance, accountability and commitment. Let it be said by the next generations that we strove for justice, removing the pollution of greed and indifference that destroys life, that justice can flow freely now and in the future, as a pristine river, replenishing all life on this beautiful and awesome planet, created by, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry proclaims, a 'loving, liberating and life-giving God.'”
Read the full reflection here.
Worship and action resources compiled by the Creation Care Justice Network
• Episcopal Church Season of Creation and St. Francis Day Resources: Weekly devotionals by church leaders, liturgical resources (prayers, Prayers of the People, confessions, etc.) and more
• Season of Creation (World Council of Churches) Celebration Guide: Jubilee for the Earth with Ecumenical Creation Service and preaching themes
• Eucharistic Prayers with a creation focus accepted for use in the Diocese of Massachusetts:
- Enriching Our Worship, Prayers 1, 2, and 3
- Thanksgiving for Creation and Redemption, New Zealand Prayer Book
- Eucharistic Prayer C, Book of Common Prayer
• Prayers of the People with Confession for Reconciliation and Justice from the Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
• A Prayer for Our Time and for the Earth
Dear God, Creator of the earth, this sacred home we share;
Give us new eyes to see the beauty all around and to protect the wonders of creation.
Give us new arms to embrace the strangers among us and to know them as family.
Give us new ears to hear and understand those who live off the land and to hear and understand those who extract its resources.
Give us new hearts to recognize the brokenness in our communities and to heal the wounds we have inflicted.
Give us new hands to serve the earth and its people and to shape beloved community.
For you are the One who seeks the lost, binds our wounds and sets us free, and it is in the name of Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.
– Bishop Carol J. Gallagher, Member of the Cherokee Nation and Regional Canon, Diocese of Massachusetts
• The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Consider joining or having your congregation join this faith-based coalition that was started by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to address the interlocking evils of poverty, racism, militarism, ecological devastation and false moral narrative.
- “How Environmental Organizations Can Cultivate Real Inclusivity” from Yes! Magazine
- Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, Edited by Leah D. Schade and Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
- Climate Church, Climate World, by Jim Antal
Creation Care Justice Network
Clergy and lay people working together to help churches and communities care for creation through embracing sustainable practices and providing support and ideas for reducing the church’s carbon footprint--saving dollars and the earth; experiencing the outdoors; and preaching about interconnectedness with the natural world.
Sign up here to join the network and get its e-mail updates.
Watch the presentation given by the CCJN via Zoom at the 235th annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, here.
Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home Carbon Tracker
Want to know what your household's carbon output is and how you can reduce it? Want to get others in your congregation and community to work together to reduce your combined carbon footprint? The Episcopal Church's "Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home" online carbon tracker can help.
Go to www.sustainislandhome.org, scroll down to "Massachusetts Diocese" and then click on the "Join the Challenge" button below Bishop Gates's video and letter. The tracker is organized by diocese, congregation, city and region. For more information or to get a Green Team going in your congregation, contact the Rev. Laurie Rofinot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Green Loans and Fossil Fuel Free Fund
Diocesan Green Loans are low-interest loans of up to $100,000 that enable congregations to make energy-efficient changes to their buildings.
- Green Loans are awarded on a rolling basis.
- Congregations interested in applying for Green Loans will find more information and application materials on the Green Loans page.
Fossil Fuel Free Fund: For information about investment opportunities with this broadly diversified portfolio, contact Charlie Jordan, Investment Coordinator, Trustees of Donations (email@example.com or 617-482-4826, ext. 307).
Creation Tithing Primer: A workbook of resources for creation tithing, a program for houses of worship and their members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent each year through a dedicated focus on reducing the worst consumer-generated emitters.
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light: Offers specialized training and energy assessments based on energy use patterns of houses of worship. Fees for energy assessment are charged on a sliding scale. Ask in advance for details.
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