In marking World Environment Day on Saturday, the National Council of Churches in India urged churches, related-organizations and agencies to celebrate and respond to environmental concerns that are due to human activities.
"We as Christian faith-based communities must thank God for the multi-species and bio-diversified environment as gift to the cosmic world," said the Rev. Christopher Rajkumar, secretary of Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation of NCCI.
He, however, reminded Christians that impending environmental challenges must not be forgotten amid celebration. more >>
WASHINGTON – Evangelical leaders from several prominent organizations gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday to pray, repent and sing about creation care.
The afternoon rally at the Upper Senate Park was among several events that took place for the first-ever National Day of Prayer for Creation Care.
“We pray today especially for those who suffer because of our mistreatment of your world,” prayed Galen Carey, director of government affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals, on Tuesday. more >>
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, dubbed the “green patriarch” because of his environmental activism, called the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast a sin against nature and God.
Bartholomew, who is the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, said the situation calls for urgent prayers for an effective response to the crisis.
“[W]e also have a responsibility not only to pray, but also to declare that to mistreat the natural environment is to sin against humanity, against all living things, and against our creator God,” he wrote in a column posted on The Huffington Post. more >>
Several evangelical groups are sponsoring an 18-day pilgrimage across several states on the East Coast to raise awareness about environmental concerns.
Starting on Saturday in West Virginia, dozens of participants will walk through that state, then Virginia and finally arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., later this month. The more than 300-mile creation care walk will take place ahead of the National Day of Prayer for Creation Care on May 25.
The Rev. Mitch Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, said he is participating in the walk because of a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. The girl has to walk 12 miles each day for water because of the devastation caused by deforestation, climate change and other environmental degradation that has destroyed the local watershed. more >>
God communicates with people through the written word and through nature, said a Florida megachurch pastor on the eve of Earth Day.
Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland, a Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla., cited Romans 1:20 Wednesday evening at the Hope for Creation event. He said like the Bible verse, which says God’s invisible qualities can be seen through creation, God allows people to understand Him through nature.
“The word of God is really both nature and Scripture but in Scripture it commands us to do exactly what we are doing tonight, and that is to guard God’s creation,” said Hunter, who co-hosted the Hope for Creation event with Dr. Matthew Sleeth, the founder of Blessed Earth and the visionary behind the event. more >>
Churches around the world are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday. And while some are taking the call to go green to a whole new level, others are more hesitant.
"I think our churches should be the first to push the envelope in terms of reducing our carbon footprint," Molly Harper Haines, 27, told the United Methodist News Service. "If every church 'got off the grid' by installing solar panels or using wind energy (for example), had community gardens to grow food and flowers for decorations ... the world would be a different place."
United Methodists are among dozens of Christian groups taking seriously the call for creation stewardship and for greener congregations. more >>