- 10 ways you can act today to care for creation
- Peace Lutheran’s Dream Green team
- The ELCA’s Caring for Creation Social Statement
- Resources from the ELCA
- Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions is an interfaith organization working on climate change at the local level in Fairfax County.
Words from Pastor Sarah
In May, our congregation will focus on Care for Creation. We live in a time when caring for the earth has never been more pressing or more complicated. The warming of our planet affects all manner of life forms. Our economy is built on unsustainable consumption and pollution. Each of us is affected by environmental shifts and at the same time, responsible for them.
I believe that one hundred years from now, our great-grandchildren will look at all we knew about climate change and environmental degradation and ask: why didn’t you care?
We do care. One of Peace’s core values is “we promote love and justice for all of God’s creation.” Our church already has taken many steps to curb our use of energy (programmable thermostats, LED lights, automatic light switches). We have planted native trees and turned much of our property into gardens. The time is ripe, however, to come together and ask ourselves and our God, what more can we do?
The issues can be totally overwhelming. It’s especially hard to figure out what one person or one church can do when faced with the enormity of our environmental problems. And yet, there is always hope.
As we give intentional focus to how we can care for creation, we will find new hope, avenues to affect real change, and the grace that comes from living in sync with our world.
Each Sunday in May you will be invited to share one thing you’ve done to care for creation. Adult education sessions on May 7 and 14, led by Greta Christ and Aaron Mulhollen, will focus on how scripture and faith compel us to care for creation.
Sermons in May will focus on various aspects of caring for creation:
- May 7: Right Relationship: to till and to keep.
- May 14: Love Your Mother: Dependence and Praise
- May 21: Care for creation = care for people.
This is just the beginning of recommitting ourselves as Christians and as a church to the holy work of caring for the world God made. Sometimes our individual actions seem remarkably small, but they are important. As Martin Luther famously said:
“Even if I knew the world were going to go to pieces tomorrow, today I would plant a tree.”
Be at peace,