What’s in a logo?

A new logo and a new look!

Care of Creation is 11 years old now, and we’ve been using the same logo for about the last 8 years, I think.

CCLogo_clear 2015 - mobilize the church

Before that, we didn’t really have a logo – hey, we were still trying to
figure out what this new organization was going to be. We’ve grown up a lot since then; logo and website fashions change, and we thought it was time for a new look…Main-Logo-Transparent

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Climate Change 101: It’s Really …

Climate Change is not just a scientific or political issue, but a moral and spiritual issue of love and justice touching core issues of faith and Christian life.  But here we will first look at the basic facts of climate change (also referred to as Global Warming, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Disruption and more, see NOTE below). In brief,  It’s Really Happening, Really Human Caused, Really Serious and We Can Still Really Do Something About It!

Climate Change: It’s Really Happening

Gases in the air allow energy from the sun to reach and warm the surface of the earth. Some of those gases block the heat energy of a warming surface from leaving the planet. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2) – a product of burning things – and methane – a fossil fuel and major byproduct of animal agriculture.

Lab tests, observing the planet, records from the past and many other types of evidence confirm that greenhouse gases allow light energy to pass through them to warm up a surface. They also confirm that those gases block heat energy from leaving. The heat energy that can’t leave builds up to increase temperatures.

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Daisies With Thorns: The Dark Side of the Cut Flower Industry

by guest author Stacey Nebel.

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Book of Common Prayer #41

Mexican Sunflower. Photo by and 2008 Derek Ramsey under GNU Free Documentation License
Mexican Sunflower. Photo by © 2008 Derek Ramsey under GNU Free Documentation License

What joy to behold such beauty as a flower!  It is no wonder the delicate aromas, variegated colors and textures that delight the senses have inspired so many poets, artists and thinkers.  The arrival of buds dawn the sweet relief of spring.  As blooms burst forth, creation once again sings in flowers.  During this season we as Christians share together in the joy of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!  Many churches that I have attended throughout my life have more extravagant displays of flowers than usual, commemorating the Paschal feast.   Continue reading

Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action: April 5th

Environmental problems are a spiritual struggle…that’s why we pray.

Everything we all need is provided by God’s creation–if we seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

Join dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals around the globe praying for a unified response to climate change issues.  Even as Christianity is spreading and growing around the world, many still face increasing challenges to their livelihoods and health due to environmental degradation.

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The Butterfly Effect: Praise God!

There’s something about butterflies.
malachite butterfly
Malachite butterfly MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS

Madidi National Park, located in northern Bolivia, holds at least 1,500 species of butterfly.  That’s more butterfly diversity in a SINGLE PARK the size of New Jersey than in the entire United States and Canada, as Discovery News wrote on March 18th.

One thousand, five hundred “sky-flakes…flowers that fly and all but sing,” according to Robert Frost’s poem, Blue-Butterfly Day. Continue reading

Here am I, an environmental scientist. Send me!

Building homes and other structures with common materials in Malawi.
Building homes and other structures with common materials in Malawi.  By creatively recycling materials on hand, people divert trash from being burned and creating pollution.  This could be the work of an environmental missionary!

Environmental missionaries are those sent cross-culturally to labor with Christ-the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all creation-in caring for the environment and making disciples among all peoples.  ~pg. 17

Lowell Bliss, Environmental Missions: Planting Churches and Trees.  William Carey Library, 2013

In 2009 I was a college student attending my first Urbana Missions Conference, and the book “Environmental Missions” was a twinkle in Lowell’s eye.  I was not interested in overseas missions because I was studying wildlife ecology, and enjoying it very much.  I thought that I would need to be a medical professional or pastor in order to be a proper missionary.   I thought my wildlife ecology studies precluded me from missionary work.

However, the idea of environmental missions is exactly the opposite: we can care for God’s good earth and His very good creation: people…at the same time.  Join me as I reflect on a few quotes from Lowell Bliss’ book, Environmental Missions, and explore the possibility of expanding our current understanding of missionaries to include those who love God’s world.
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A Conversation about God, His Creation and Our Role in Creation