Advent: Look Busy? Be Faithful! Prepare By Care

Traditional advent candles shed light on this season of reflection and anticipation.
Traditional advent candles shed light on this season of reflection and anticipation.

As Advent invites us to prepare for the arrival of Christ, it challenges us to care for creation and protect the climate.  In this article, first published in December’s Climate Caretaker’s Newsletter, I explore this challenge and suggest some responses.

The church secretary rushed into the pastor’s office and said, “This is incredible, Jesus is riding into the parking lot on a donkey. What should we do?” The pastor turned back to his keyboard, resumed typing and said, “Don’t just stand there, look busy.”

This joke comes to mind as I consider the work of Climate Caretakers and the opportunity of Advent. We have just begun these days of Advent on the journey to Christmas. It is a time, a season, for reflection and spiritual preparation. A time when, to one extent or another, churches invite their members to exercise their empathy and imagination. Advent opens up time and Continue reading

Hurricanes and Climate Change – Science, Faith and Humanity

Hurricane making landfall at Key West, courtesy of https://www.goodfreephotos.com/weather/hurricane-making-landfall-at-key-west.jpg.php
Hurricane making landfall at Key West, courtesy of https://www.goodfreephotos.com/weather/hurricane-making-landfall-at-key-west.jpg.php

Hurricanes regrettably link to climate change.  Although pouring gasoline on the fire might not cause an explosion, it still isn’t a good idea because it will make things worse.  Likewise fueling climate change by pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere might not cause any specific hurricane or extreme weather event, but it still isn’t a good idea because it will make things worse.

For a snapshot of the science linking hurricanes to climate change, view this 3 minute video from Vox.com, How Climate Change Boosts Hurricanes Like Harvey .

For a snapshot of the faith and humanity stirred up by hurricanes in an age of climate change, see the words of our friend from Climate Caretakers, Lee Anne Johnson in Fort Myers, FL, who writes:

“There’s a terrible pit-of-the-stomach feeling that accompanies an approaching disaster. Before Irma, I had only experienced it second-hand, such as neighboring cities devastated by Continue reading

Guest Post – What’s In A Name?

Oregon Zoo Education Curator, Grant Spickelmier, sheds light on why God tasked humans with naming creation.

Original post from Green Jesus, shared with permission.

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When my son was two and half years old, he came to visit me at work. He was pretty excited because I am employed by one of the most kid-friendly workplaces in the world … the zoo!

After lunch, we walked through the tropics building to visit some of his favorite animals including the sun bears and the Komodo dragon. Next, we walked past a black and white animal with a stout body and a long nose. A woman standing nearby explained to her toddler, “Look honey, that’s an anteater.” My son tightened his grip on my hand and said “No!” He looked at the woman and corrected her loudly “No! That’s a tapir!” While slightly embarrassed, I felt a flash of pride sweep through me as I thought, “That’s my boy!” Continue reading

Support Our Friends Acting Next Week to Protect the Climate


Over the years we have shared some of the faith and science plus scripture and theology that energize Care of Creation’s response to God’s call. That call moves us to act in many ways to care for creation in general and protect the climate in particular. We act to express the gospel of the Kingdom, to express the love of God and neighbor, to extend justice to all. At this time, that call also moves us to invite those of you who share these concerns to act also.

Please direct your thoughts, prayers, and calls on behalf of efforts next week to protect the climate! Recognize that dozens of supportive phone calls before a Congressional office meeting on the climate crisis do get legislators’ attention. It does make a difference.

In particular call your members of Congress Fri., June 9 as part of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Call-in. You can help protect the climate and care for creation even if you can’t join the over 1,000 CCL volunteers, including Care of Creation staffer Kermit Hovey, flooding Washington DC for the 8th Annual CCL Conference & Lobby Day, June 11-13. CCL, although a secular organization, is one we share many values with and happily endorse as a positive option to address climate change.

You can help in the comfort of your own home. And it’s easy! Go to http://cclusa.org/callcongress. All you do is supply your address and zip code. The site will supply the phone #s and talking points. You’ll be priming your Member(s) of Congress in advance of the CCL volunteers visit to their offices June 13. We CAN slow climate change. This simple task for you can result in BIG dividends for a livable world for neighbors next door, across the country, and around the world!

P.S. if you can be in D.C. over the next few days of the conference, walk-in registrations are possible (https://citizensclimatelobby.org/2017-ccl-conference/ ).

Can We Fix It: The Challenge of Climate Change, Earth Day Protests, Marches, and More

Can we fix it? Can we avert the climate chaos predicted by the evidence and analysis provided from scientists the world over? After all, climate change is really happening, really serious, really human caused, yet we can still, if we act boldly, really do something about it. Unfortunately, the current U.S. Administration blatantly rejects the growing understanding that unrelenting fossil fuel combustion and persistent greenhouse gas emission disrupts and destabilizes the climate we rely on for our livable common home.

Fortunately, growing numbers of people recognize both the problem and

Thousands gather for an early People's Climate March at the State Capitol in Madison, WI April 22, 2017 (Photo by Joe Brusky)
Thousands gather for an early People’s Climate March at the State Capitol in Madison, WI April 22, 2017. Most other marches are scheduled for April 29, 2017 (Photo by Joe Brusky)

the need for action. On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, thousands of those people from around the area took to the streets of Madison, WI. First, in a “March for Science”, one of hundreds of similar marches around the country and the globe. Second, in a “People’s Climate March”, an Continue reading

May God call all who should to join us; May God prepare the way

Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days invites Evangelical Christians to care for creation and protect the climate, especially in the climactic events in Washington,D.C. April 29 through May 1, 2017.
Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days invites Evangelical Christians to care for creation and protect the climate, especially in the climactic events in Washington, D.C. April 29 through May 1, 2017.

This invitation to prayer flows out of the efforts of a small consortium of Evangelical Christians I am part of who have set their faces toward Washington, D.C. We recognize the all but incontrovertible evidence that climate change is really happening, really serious, really human caused and we all can still really do something about it – if we act promptly and boldly.  We comprehend the harm and disruption already befalling people around the globe, especially those not only least responsible but least able to protect earththemselves.

As we care for and protect the climate we fulfill the first and second greatest commandments Jesus gave us – to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). Unfortunately, this biblically-centered approach to climate caretaking has been largely lost in the fog of ideological bickering. Nevertheless, we believe followers of Christ play a critical role in highlighting the spiritual, moral and ethical reasons we should address climate change. In doing so, we can help our decision-makers recognize transcendent shared values and move across political divides to shared common ground.

Toward this end, Climate Caretakers, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action and the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice have partnered to convene a gathering of Evangelical Christians from April 29 – May 1 in Washington D.C. We’re calling it Acting in Faith: Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days.  Although it’s too late to sign up (deadline was Friday 4/21/17) we’re inviting anyone who identifies as Evangelical Christian to join us and “advocate for biblically just and fair climate solutions.” If you can’t be there in person to meet with Members of Congress or their staff, then please be there in prayer. Please pray with and for each one of us God has called to be there. Please also phone your Senator or Representative and ask them to not only act against climate change but to care for creation by protecting the climate.

Creator God,

We have prayed and continue to pray for leaders to step forward in love

People in prayer at creation care consultation statement committee.
People in prayer at creation care consultation statement committee.

to care for creation and protect the climate. Thank you for all you have called forward to participate in the Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days to speak truth to power. Please call forward any more whom you desire would join that outreach of faith. Thank you for those Members of Congress – whether Democrat or Republican, libertarian or green, liberal or conservative – who have agreed to sit down and talk. May we have favor with those we meet with. May the challenge of climate change and the faith motivated need for action be clear. May our presence, our words and our prayers encourage legislators across every aisle to fashion an effective plan. Together, may we protect the climate from disruption as well as neighbors here and abroad from disaster.

Amen.

A Conversation about God, His Creation and Our Role in Creation