Earth Day, April 22, falls on a Sunday this year, so why not plan an Earth Sunday service this year? Make it a celebration of the natural environment. Here are some places to get ideas and resources.
EARTH DAY 2018 – “Sense of Place – The 2018 theme is “Sense of Place” and provides reflection material about living in harmony with local ecosystems and watersheds, rightly sharing places with a diversity of peoples, and respecting the history of our place.
Catholic Climate Covenant: Earth Day Guide 2018 – This year, Catholic Climate Covenant focuses on how our overuse of single-use disposable plastics contributes to what Pope Francis calls “the throwaway culture.” From contributing to land and marine pollution to increasing our use of carbon-producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a devastating impact on God’s creation.
Justice for #EachGeneration: Headed by the United Church of Christ Council for Climate Justice and joined by partners including the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, this is a call for more than a thousand sermons in solidarity with the youth of Juliana vs. USA, a landmark court case case in which twenty-one courageous youth ages 10 to 21 have filed a lawsuit against the United States government for its role in causing climate change and violating their rights to life, liberty, and property, while also failing to protect essential public resources.
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth – Here you’ll find an archive of materials, such as sermons and liturgies, from this year and the past.
Blessed Earth offers a pdf of activities and worship aids for Honoring God’s Creation. This was prepared for 2012, which was also a year when Earth Day fell on a Sunday.
EARTH DAY – Have You Anything Here to Eat: This is Creation Justice Ministries’ offering from 2015 — still pretty fresh if you missed it! “Have You Anything Here to Eat” focuses on the connection between climate change and food. CJM has have put together a resource along with additional pieces including sermon preparation, song suggestions, Christian education ideas, and much more.
Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping: This is a great educational resource from the ELCA — a 50-page booklet with lots of ideas and lessons.
Creation Care Curriculum: Every Creature Singing: Here’s a 13-lesson guide from the Mennonite Creation Care Network. Excellent!