“God never intended for us to use his creation in the destructive way that we do today,” writes Jennifer Belknap, a sophomore at the University of Portland (OR), in ChristianityToday. Her deeply personal essay explores the state of God’s creation and what we can do to help as individuals or churches. What can YOU do?
Check out Quartz’s inspirational profile of Katherine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian and director of the Climate Science Center of Texas Tech University. A worldwide lecturer on how humans are changing the planet, Hayhoe speaks prophetically about how our faith calls us to care for the planet. And like all prophets, she gets pushback.
Designing a 98-square-foot house brought freedom for United Methodist Pastor Rebecca Rutter. “Whenever you design or build something,” Rutter explains, “you have to think, what’s the priority here?” Rutter’s house helped her to focus on people and Jesus. Read her story and explore links from UMC Communications. (Photo: UMC Communications)
When the outside temperature soars, so does energy usage to keep the church building cool. But modifying how you use and control the air conditioning system can help save money that you can use instead for mission. From worshipfacilities.com. (Photo: Jill, Jellidonut … whatever, Creative Commons)
For faithful resources on environmental issues — or just a little inspiration — check out Catholic Climate Covenant, a nonprofit dedicated to helping God’s people not only understand challenges facing creation, but also help through advocacy and action.
We all want a clean and healthy planet for our great-grandchildren, and reducing our congregational carbon footprint is a way to cut energy use and model practices to get us there. The Church of England has great resources to help. (Photo: Anton Fromkin, Creative Commons)
Hurricane Sandy should have been a “Pearl Harbor” moment to enter the war on climate change, but we ignored it, argues Christian activist Leah Schade. Mother Nature responded with more fury from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now we have no choice but to surrender. (Photo: rambojan iphoneography, Creative Commons)
As holidays in North America have become more and more commercialized they have generated more and more waste. But a few simple alternatives to the usual Easter basket of treats can not only help reduce waste but also put more meaning into the celebration. (Photo by Javcon117, Creative Commons )
Over the past two decades, many Christians have made a dramatic public conversion to environmental causes as the evidence for climate change and other problems has become more apparent. But recent evidence suggests interest in creation care is leveling off or even declining. On Sojourners. (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons)
Civilization is facing a looming crisis of plastic that, while cheap and convenient, doesn’t break down. What to do? The Church of England suggest cutting down on plastic consumption, and it offers a Lenten calendar with daily suggestions. Read about it in the New York Times. (Photo: Kate Ter Haar, Creative Commons)