Give yourself and your congregation a tool to prayerfully connect with creation. This Advent devotional by Presbyterians for Earth care offers essays and prayers for the four Sundays in Advent plus Christmas Eve. Well-written and illustrated with beautiful photos. Use it to enrich or start your green team. (Photo © keller, Fotolia.com)
The environmental crisis threatens the existence of the human race. So why aren’t churches speaking out about climate change and pollution? “Our apathy and indifference to our earth exposes a gap in our discipleship,” writes Terrence M. McKinley in an insightful essay in Sojourners.
The Lutheran World Federation is urging members to raise their voices and take action after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report that warned of dire consequences by 2040 if the world does not address greenhouse gas emissions. Read the statement and click on the link to the IPCC report. (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons)
From styrofoam cups at coffee hour to paper towels in the restrooms, churches generate a lot of waste. But by diligent recycling, composting and cutting paper and plastic consumption, your church can reduce that waste. Check out how Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, N.C., is encouraging the Zero Waste Church. (Photo: UofSLibrary, Creative Commons)
There is compelling scientific evidence that devastating Hurricane Florence is not a fluke of nature, but rather the result of climate change. Axios does a wonderful job of reporting and linking to the studies that paint an overall picture of weather gone wild. (Photo: Roberto Rizzato, Creative Commons)
Plastic … the miracle substance that changed our way of life is also causing huge environmental problems, especially in the oceans. Your congregation can become an environmental leader by educating people about the problem and encouraging them to adopt these handy tips to cut plastic waste. From 4Ocean.com. (Photo: Bo Eide, Creative Commons)
Wildfires in the West, flooding in the East, record temperatures around the world. 2018 is shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record, and scientists project things will get only worsex And yet 2018’s crises show just how unprepared we are for climate change. From the New York Times. (Photo: Takver, Creative […]
It’s an all-around win when a church becomes a “Cool Congregation” to save energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions and free up money in the process. Interfaith Power & Light’s “Cool Congregation” program can show you how to mobilize God’s people to get involved in caring for God’s creation. (Photo: Michael Coghlan, Creative Commons)
“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.