Have you heard? The Preach-In on Global Warming is going to be better than ever this year! Expanded and re-named Faith Climate Action Week, it will encompass nine days in April surrounding Earth Day. The theme is “Paris And Beyond” and will focus on how achieving the climate protection goals in the Paris Agreement require action from all of us.
In addition to our usual sample sermons on caring for Creation and the climate, we’ll have resources and links for outdoor activities, films, music, service projects, postcards for policy makers, and more to help involve and educate your congregation on how to protect the climate.
You can make an even bigger difference by reaching out to others in your community and encouraging them to participate. If we all do that, we’ll reach countless new people in faith communities across the country, which will build our capacity and our collective power to reduce pollution and protect creation.
Please click here to reserve a copy of your 2016 Faith Climate Action Week kit today. Thank you for showing your love for Creation during Earth Week.
With interfaith hope,
We have exciting news!
Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, has been invited to the White House on September 23rd, with other religious leaders, as well U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to greet Pope Francis, who will address the U.S. Congress, and the United Nations later that week, about climate change. In honor of his visit and his leadership on addressing environmental issues, there will be be many activities and events in Washington, D.C. and in New York City. This is indeed a monumental and historic occasion!
In anticipation of these events, Rev. Nancy will preach at MCC Tampa on 6 September 2015 on the topic: “Abundant Life and Care of Creation.”
Rev. Nancy invites all of the Elders and all of MCC to preach on care of creation as well and dedicate at least one Sunday in September to climate change and related environmental issues.
As people of faith, the nature of human response to climate change, how we can be good stewards of the Earth that God has entrusted to us, is a moral and spiritual issue.
Through Rev. Nancy’s membership, MCC belongs to Blessed Tomorrow, a U.S. organization devoted to providing resources to people of faith and pursuing strategic political and economic resolutions to overcome climate change. Based on the work by Blessed Tomorrow members, here are a few points to illustrate the urgency about climate change and why it matters to MCC:
So, let’s join together, MCCs all over the globe, in this critical time, to address climate change, to learn and teach ourselves, our communities, and the world about this beautiful planet God has given to us. Let’s become better stewards and lead the fight to treat our planet and its inhabitants justly.
As we come together to focus on
Abundant Life and the Care of Creation, here are some scriptures:
God has given us the good gift of creation; how we care for it can be our gift of gratitude back to God. Together, working with all those who care about the Earth, we can make this a world where we can experience the abundance of God’s good creation in justice and peace.
Won’t you join us?
P.S.: If you do choose to participate, please let us know. And, if you preach, will you please send the sermon text or video to post on MCC’s website to share with others? Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
“Salvation for Creation” from Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Northern Lights MCC, United Kingdom
Elder Nancy Maxwell, Sarasota, Florida, USA
“The Beauty of… All Creation” from Rev. Lisa Heilig, Our Hope MCC, USA
‘Care of the Earth: Abundant Life and Care of Creation” from Rev. Dusty Pruitt, MCC Rehoboth, USA
“Miracle On the Way to Miracles” from Rev. Rich Hendricks, MCC of the Quad Cities, USA
“The Intersection of Faith, Climate Change and Weather” Rev. DeWayne Davis, All God’s Children MCC, USA
In addition to the Blessed Tomorrow website, and the resources on the Paris Pledge put out by the MCC Creation Care Team, here are some additional resources that may be useful.
Some resources will need some adaptation for use in MCC congregations:
http://www.ecen.org/ (A resource from Europe)
Throughout our history, Metropolitan Community Church has made a stand and courageously led on issues of our times, in particular those around social justice. It is that time again.
Climate change has already had a devastating impact on communities around the world, with dire effects on nature and creation, our siblings and neighbor. It is time to be the ‘good stewards’ that God has called us to be and to care for that which God has entrusted to our care. It is time.