They say showing, as opposed to explaining, is the better way to teach. Here is a great step-by-step plan to start an environmental stewardship ministry in your congregation. The Episcopal Ecological Network has you covered with this adaptable PDF starter kit for reflection, education, and action. (Photo: Jamie, Creative Commons)
Composting at home is good stewardship of the environment, and it’s easy, too! Don’t worry about a smelly mess or complicated formulas. There are many options and possibilities. Check out this article and get started reducing your trash and improving your soil. (Photo: de-olwen-dee, Creative Commons)
This April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Why not celebrate the occasion with a special Earth Sunday or Creation Sunday worship on the April 19 or April 26? You can make it a celebration of the natural environment, or possibly a blessing of the seeds, farms, orchards, gardens and fields. Why not preach on how we must take better care of God’s good earth. Here are some places to get ideas and resources.
“A Christian who does not protect Creation, who does not let it grow, is a Christian who does not care about the work of God,” Pope Francis declared in a homily. Human sinfulness has led to environmental degradation, and he called for Christians to care. (Photo by Semilla Luz, used by Creative Commons license)
Pastors who may be reluctant to preach on environmental issues can take inspiration from this informative essay, which broadens the conventional notion that environmental preaching always means addressing controversial political issues. Good reading for pastors who want to lead their congregations in new directions, from Eco-Justice Ministries. (Photo © Nelos – Fotolia.com)