Environmental Advocacy/Creation Care
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 (New International Version)
From the beginning, God entrusted humankind with the care of his creation. In the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, members are encouraged to meet the stewardship duties God handed to us through acts of loving care and respect.
Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God's creation and not solely valuable because they are useful for human beings.
We live in God's world and share this life with the heavens and the earth. Click here for the latest Creation Care newsletter The Good Steward.
Churches in the Kansas West Conference are recognized for efforts to preserve the environment through recycling efforts with Creation Care awards. The recognitions are given by the conference's Commission on Church and Society.
Download the Creation Care Church Guidelines.
Download the Creation Care Church Award Application.
Environmental Ministry websites:
God's Creation Renewed: A call to hope and action
At its November meeting, the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued a call to all United Methodists to change our way of being in the world to effect a change in the world. Pandemic poverty and disease, environmentla degradation and a world full of weapons and violance are the wages of our sins against God's creation. But there is hope if we chagne our ways, the 69 United Methodist bishops said in a pastoral letter the council asked to be read in churches during Advent. The letter is found on a special website for this initiative at www.hopeandaction.org.
Churches can continue the conversation during Lent with a Bible study. The Bible study can be downloaded from the Hope and Action website.
For more information on the call to hope and action, visit www.hopeandaction.org