As people of faith, scripture calls us to protect, restore, and rightly share God's glorious Creation. This year Earth Day falls on a Sunday. This is an ideal time to reflect, pray and act on behalf of the earth and our neighbors.
Here are three ways to act:
- Celebrate Creation through Prayer and Worship – Earth Day Sunday only happens once a year, but there are opportunities to praise God for Creation through prayer, liturgy, or sermon throughout the year. Our partners at Creation Justice Ministries have created materials for Earth Sunday on the theme "Sense of Place." Develop a worship service that reflects on living in harmony with local ecosystems and watersheds, rightly sharing places with a diversity of people, and respecting the history of your place.
- Connect God’s Creation to God’s Children – The UCC Council for Climate Justice has spearheaded an interfaith effort to preach a thousand sermons in solidarity with the 21 children and youth who are suing the federal government over climate change. One of the youth plaintiffs is the son of a UCC pastor. Youth are especially encouraged to preach as part of this effort. A full webpage is devoted to call for a thousand sermons and a liturgical resource can be downloaded.
- Act to Protect Our Public Lands - Our public lands conserve our spiritual, cultural, and natural heritage. These places where our communities can learn, play, and pray become Sabbath spaces – both for people and for God’s creation. Right now, some lawmakers are considering undermining the public policy that allows U.S. presidents to conserve our heritage: The Antiquities Act of 1906. Please urge your members of Congress to protect and uphold this important law.