Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has identified three pillars of our faith- in-action as we embrace the Jesus Movement:
Care of creation,
Care of Creation is an important topic at the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. The Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation has put forth 14 Resolutions supporting responsible stewardship. These resolutions encourage the church to not only “Go Green” (conserve our resources), but to engage in Eco-justice (restoring the environment), and to oppose environmental racism (pollution affecting the health of children and those in low income neighborhoods and those inhabited by people of color.)
Resolutions before convention also call us to use more creation care language and create prayers and liturgies that restore all to unity with God, each other and creation. As Episcopalians, we believe that praying shapes our believing.
Today at General Convention, the Joint Session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops had a conversation focused on the Care of Creation. We listened to Thabo Ceil Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, speak to the issue of water justice and climate care. We also heard the testimony, given from the heart, of Bernadette Demientieff, A Native Alaskan. She shared her story about how energy companies are destroying the natural resources of her people. They especially depend upon the endangered porcupine caribou for survival.
To read more about these stories (TEConversation on Creation Care) go to: www.episcopalnewsservice.org
A walk around the General Convention Exhibit Hall and Marketplace is a testament to the importance of the Stewardship of God’s Creation!
Episcopal Relief and Development is engaged in “Healing a Hurting World”: www.episcopalrelief.org
Sustainable Farming Practices, Cultivation Networks, and Bee Keepers connect the land with food, neighbor and God. See the Abundant Table: http://theabundanttable.org/tag/episcopal-church/
Concern for endangered species is sewn into liturgical vestments: www.fruitofthevine.us
Honore’ Farm grows sustainably farmed and milled wheat and makes it into communion bread: www.honoremill.org
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota has been “Engaging All God’s Creation, too! To find Liturgical Resources go to: http://episcopalmn.org/engaging-all-gods-creation.
“God saw all that God had made, and it was very good.”
What is Jesus calling you to do or to be as a Steward of God’s Good Creation?