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.

Love, Justice, and Creation Care in a Time of Challenge

My original version of the following post appeared in the Climate Caretakers February 2017 monthly newsletter.  It appears here, with minor tweaks.  The challenges for creation care advocates continue to be intense and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue to ring true.  As Christians we care for ourselves as we work for justice – whether in race relations or creation care – when we care for others.  In this all, it is  especially important that we love our enemies – those who act against those heartfelt concerns and efforts. As you read to the end, please also prayerfully consider the suggested Action Options.

Martin LUther King, Jr's quote suggests his vision that all the world and its occupants are interconnected.
Martin Luther King, Jr’s quote suggests a vision that all of creation,  the world and its occupants are interconnected and interdependent.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who

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Loving Your Neighbor – The Case of The Nassau Grouper

A guest post from Bob Sluka:

We all know that as Christians we are commanded to love our neighbor. Jesus was famously asked “and who is my neighbor?” Had he been a marine biologist, Jesus might have answered with a story about Nassau grouper.

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Nassau grouper. Photo credit J.E Randall, www.fishbase.org

Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) is a species of fish that lives in the warm, sub-tropical and tropical waters of the southeastern USA, Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea. It can grow to sizes over 1m and live to age 29. Unfortunately, it is also very tasty. Nassau grouper have become commercially extinct in many areas of the Caribbean and is on the US endangered species list. Continue reading

Creation Care in the age of Trump

This has been quite a week. Here in the US, we have been rocked by news of Donald Trump’s election to presidency of the United States. Many of our friends around the world were also surprised and shocked – I’ve heard from some of you. We’re all wondering what this means for the US and for the world.

We are also wondering what it means for my organization, Care of Creation and for the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network. It is already clear that the one of the Trump administration’s priorities will be to try to reverse many of the environmental protections that already exist within the United States. More ominously for those outside of this country (which is most of you who are reading this) he intends to back out of the United States’ international obligations with regard to climate change. Will this happen? If it does, will other countries stay the course or choose to back out as well? What does it all mean for God’s creation? So we are asking ourselves: What does Creation Care look like in the Age of Trump? Continue reading

Conference To Help Bridge Climate Divide

Regrettably, climate change has become an issue of contention and division along partisan lines.  Yet as a Sojourner’s bumper sticker notes, “God is neither Republican or Democrat” and  in like manner God’s creation, as revealed by science, is neither Republican or Democrat.

Yet, the picture of our world and its climate that science reveals is clear.  Climate change is really happening, really serious, and we can still really do something about it.  The picture of our moral and faith imperative is also clear.  If we love God, love others and care about God’s creation – we should act for the climate and against climate change. Continue reading

Join millions praying tomorrow for God’s creation

banner 1.0_smallFrom the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network “Global Day of Prayer 2016” guide.  Read and share the full flyer here.

Every year on September 1st the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, and Protestants of all stripes come together in unity to pray for God’s good creation.

A Bit of History

The vision for this day started in 1989 when the late Patriarch Demetrios II installed September 1st as a Day of Prayer for Creation for the Orthodox Church. Then in response to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on creation care, Patriarch Bartholomäus invited the Catholic Church to be united in prayer for creation with the Orthodox Church on September 1st. This led to Pope Francis’ announcing the annual Global Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation for the Roman Catholic Church, and invited other Christians to adopt this day too. Therefore, we, the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network, pray in the company of many faithful Christians and invite you to do the same.

Join Us In Prayer

We encourage you to personally pray for the care of creation on September 1st. Organize a prayer meeting focused on creation care at your church, in your small group, or just among a few friends.   If you are not able to lead a group or join a group, share specific creation care needs and concerns with your Christian friends on social media and invite them to pray for those issues with you.  

Be creative and have fun! Go outside for a prayer walk at a local park, beach, riverbank, community garden, or in your own backyard.  If it is evening, step outside and look up at the stars as you pray, or pray around a campfire.  Perhaps enjoy a wonderful meal and gratefully enjoy the fruits of creation. Continue reading

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