Season of Creation


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This year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We share a common role as caretakers of God’s creation. We rejoice in this opportunity to care for our common home and the sisters and brothers who share it.

Watch Justin Welby introduce the Season of Creation:

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How can you get involved?

1. Season of Creation

The theme for the Season of Creation 2020 is Jubilee for the Earth. Jubilee is a time of rest for the land from exploitation, and to restore ecosystems and people. This is the season, running to St Francis day on October 4, when churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the Earth and for all that lives upon it. Its start and end dates reflect that it is a shared idea between Western and Eastern Christianity.  For a range of excellent materials to help you plan a service and go further in committing to environmental action as a church over the coming year please download:

Celebration guide | Weblink

2. Letters of Creation

This is a great time to encourage children and young people to take part.  Children and young people under 30 are invited to write letters reflecting on what caring for creation means to them and how they want their voice to be heard in the climate justice conversation.

Letters resources and more  | Weblink

 

3. Climate Sunday

In the year leading up to the UN global climate change talks in November 2021 (COP26), we are encouraging churches to hold a special Climate Sunday service or event, to make a commitment to tackle climate change, and to raise their voices to call on world leaders to do the same.  Climate Sunday has been organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland with support from charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.  We invite each church to do one or more of three things:

  1. Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.
  2. Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26.

The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5 September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26.

Climate Sunday registration, resources and blog | Weblink

“The current crisis has changed the way we see the world. It has reminded us of the fragility of life, exposed the gap between rich and poor, and revealed the damage we’ve done to the wider creation. But it has also helped us love our neighbours and brought communities together. Climate Sunday is a great opportunity to respond to these societal shifts; to pause and re-imagine what life could be like; to commit to living differently yourselves and to call on the UK government to rebuild our economy in a way that tackles the climate emergency and builds a better world for everyone.”  Director of Global Advocacy at Tearfund, Dr Ruth Valerio, author of Saying Yes to Life: The Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020 Lent Book.

Season of Creation sermon preached at Culford parish church on Sunday 27 September 2020 by the Revd Marianne Atkinson:

Caring for God's Creation sermon | PDF

 

For further information

Please email the Diocesan Environment Officer, the Revd Canon Sandie Barton.

For information on becoming a Eco Church please visit here and our role in the environment please visit here.

Please email Lauren Bridgwater and let us know what you have planned, as we’d love to share encouraging stories of churches engaging with the Season of Creation this year.

 

 

Page last updated 29 September 2020.