The Bible is full of beautiful language and theology for celebrating God's Creation. Yet sometimes, in the rhythm of the liturgical year, it can be challenging to find a specific time to focus as a church community on the theme of Creation. Earth Day Sunday provides just such an opportunity. This year Earth Day is on April 22nd. UCC churches are urged to celebrate Earth Day Sunday near this date. In 2017, either April 23rd might make a good Earth Day Sunday. You may also choose another date, any time of year, that works for your church.
This year, with the help of Creation Justice Ministries we are exploring the theme - Environmental Justice with Indigenous People. Christian communities living in the United States have a unique role to play in developing relationships of solidarity with indigenous peoples. Together, we will explore the impact the Doctrine of Discovery has had on U.S. history and theology, as well as relationship with God's creation and one another. We will learn about tribal sovereignty, sacred places, and considerations when advocating for responsible energy stewardship.
- Coming Soon - Earth Day Sunday 2017 Toolkit from Creation Justice Ministries - includes tools to pursue healing and environmental justice. Find sermon preparation resources, hymn suggestions, Christian education ideas, action opportunities, and more. This resource will also be useful for the Sunday close to Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day, which falls on Monday, October 9, 2017.
- The Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery: A Biblical Reflection - As part of the implementation of the General Synod 29 resolution, the joint working group of Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) offer this resource for our churches to take up with prayer. To download the study, click HERE.
- Standing Rock Resources - The struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and its allied water protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline has become one of the most significant causes of our time. Find prayer and worship resource and more.
- IPL Faith Climate Action - Find events and access resources for Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Climate Action, April 17-23.