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Season of Creation - News Round Up
Stories of the Season from the local church out
Season of Creation kicked off on September 1 with a Day of Prayer for Creation. What began in 1989 in the Greek Orthodox Church has steadily grown into a worshipful, eventful, and liturgical movement now extending across nations and denominations.
With so much going on, I wanted to amplify this good work being done, especially from the local church, and in local and regional contexts.
As you scroll, you may notice different logos, different readings, and different events under the ‘Season of Creation’ umbrella. Find the origins of Season of Creation here. From the beginnings, the center has deepened and new things have grown. These new things grow with the blessings of the originators for all who plan with faith, kindness, neighborliness, justice, and a desire to celebrate the season.
The News Round Up
From Arlington, Virginia, The Arlington Catholic Herald offered a wide message of faith in action for change. To protect God’s creation, seek personal and policy change, U.S. bishops say. The article reports the call from the US Bishops to people of faith to reflect on the environment and sources of life.
And wow! From the Diocese of East Anglia, UK: Haverhill church’s thought-provoking night out. The article, published September 1st, tells the story of an event earlier in the summer to learn about energy, waste, recycling and more. During the Season of Creation is a great opportunity to share and amplify these stories and experiences.
From The Tablet Pilgrimages, prayers and protests to mark Season of Creation. The article includes a number of events to note, including the Climate Pilgrimage across the UK organized by Christian Climate Action.
St. Michael’s Episcopal in Battleboro, Vermont, made the local paper, the Battleboro Reformer with an article that kicks off their fall programming, including the Season of Creation. The Season is timely literally everywhere, and in Battleboro, the attention of people of faith includes life within a community Still reeling from flooding, some in Vermont say something better must come out of losing everything
From Finland, a block party!! From the Advent Messenger, a Finnish Adventist Church to Host Block Party at the Jyväskylä Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jyväskylä, Finland. The write-up includes a lot of activities, including viewing images of the creation as inspired by Ignatian Spirituality.
Events and Plans for Celebrating
The video below comes from the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon in Saskatoon, Canada. The video is lovely, and hopeful, and speaks to an Eastern Christian view of the creation as well as the person in creation. I embedded the video, but the full page with content is a Season of Creation introduction from the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon—what marvelous relationships and siblinghoods are possible on this good earth!
Two from the Episcopalian News Service ‘Season of Creation’ emphasizes creation care as a way for Episcopalians to care for neighbors and Scottish Episcopal Church releases new net zero toolkit and cards to celebrate Season of Creation and a celebration guide for Episcopalians.
Episcopalian Creation Care resources for Season of Creation and more offers resources, prayers, ways to put creation care into practice, and so much more.
While not specific to Season of Creation, a shout out to the Quakers for their action for climate justice this week. From Quakers in Britain, Quakers called to hold climate vigils across the UK during Quaker Week
A series packed with opportunity to encounter nature and build relationships from the Riviera Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. Their series includes birdwatching, shared meals, and a nature pilgrimage, an interfaith series culminating in World Communion celebration. The video below offers a Season’s greetings from this ‘mission driven church.’
Preaching for God’s World - Sermon starters and notes for Sunday drawing out creation themes from lectionary texts from the Anglican tradition.
A full season liturgy guide out of the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement, The River Mighty, Beloved, Restored - A Season of Creation Resource. This one especially brings me joy, as I had the opportunity to share and contribute.
Anglican & Christian Aid’s pdf guide for the Season.
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