Sources, Ideas and Materials

 

Earth_image.jpgEarth Day Resources

Earth Day Network, Faith & Environment Resources:  Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Interfaith prayers, study guides, liturgy and music.

Creation Justice Ministries, Earth Day Sunday 2018: Sense of Place: A Christian education resource. Sign up to reserve a free copy now.

Catholic Climate Covenant, Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste—Grow Community  focuses on how our overuse of single-use disposable plastics contributes to what Pope Francis calls “the throwaway culture.” It includes prayers, readings, actions, and a video.

Jewish Resources
Canfei Nesharim, Sustainable Living Resources
Hazon, Why Jewish Environmentalism?
GreenFaith, Jewish Teachings on Environment

Muslim Resources
Green Muslims, Resources on Environment
GreenFaith, Muslim Green Worship Resources and Muslim Green Worship Tips


Toolkit for Faithful Stewards: Making the Most of Watershed Projects to Raise Awareness and Build Momentum

IPC Recommended Reading List 


Creation Care Ministry Resources:

Biblical Principles of Earth Care

Scripture Themes on Care for Creation

Jewish Environmental Resources

Scriptures on Trees and Water

Songs & Hymns about Creation

Catholic Guide to Applying Laudato Si' (Pope Francis' Encyclical)

Steps to Form a Green Ministry

Teaching Tools: 

Faith based Watershed Stewardship Activities

Web of Life Activity

Lectio Devina Bible Study Method

Vacation Bible School Lesson Plan

Caring for God's Creation Handout - Prayers, Activities, and Ideas - Christian

Caring for God's Creation Handout - Prayers, Activities, and Ideas - Muslim

Children's Watershed Program on Care for Creation

"A Day around the Bay" activity for understanding sources of water pollution

Sacred Water, Creation Care Workshop (PDF)  (View this Workshop on Video here.)

Spiritual Practice:  Examen - Observing Local Waters

Trees for Life (PDF)

 

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Tool Kit: "Stewards of the Bay" 

In conjunction with the National Council of Churches we developed a toolkit for churches. This toolkit contains a variety of  resources to help you get started.   Stewards of the Bay: A Toolkit for Congregations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.




Resources for Worship


Prayer Card from IPC - prayer on one side and action steps on the other

GreenFaith provides excellent resources for faith communities, including this guide to "green worship."

Earthcare online list of relevant Bible verses.

EcoSpirituality Resources 

Prayer for the Tree of Life

Commissioning of Faithful Stewards, Caring for Sacred Waters - Christian

Commissioning of Faithful Stewards, Caring for Sacred Waters - Muslim

Resources for Bible Study & Reflection

The Genesis of Environmentalism -- Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

The Biblical Basis for Creation Care -- George W. Fisher

Sources in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures 

Stewardship of the Earth :  Keynote Address from the Chesapeake Covenant Community-Chester Valley Ministers Association gathering, May 12, 2011, by Roderick Miller 

Videos

TEND AND KEEP:  A reflection on creation, with beautiful paintings

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD: http://vimeo.com/67515529 


WHY WE NEED TO CLEAN UP THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
 A short, dynamic clip from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7kB7-UN7m4&feature=youtu.be

CONGREGATIONS REDUCE POLLUTED RUNOFF: a video from Clean Water Coalition

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1aEWjbC7Wo 

 

Save the Anacostia River Video - Teen Video- Earth Conservation Corps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZX2LWAnAM

Congregational Covenants, Commitments and Minutes

Many congregations have chosen to express their commitment to loving and caring for creation by adopting a declaration, variously described as a "covenant," a "pledge" or a "minute." We provide links to some of those here

Practical Guides

Landscaping Around Your House of Worship : A helpful guide from the Ecological Landscaping Association.

Composting for Congregations : An updated guide for composting at your house of worship or at home

Earth-friendly Lawn Care for congregations : A practical guide

Water, Holy Water from Creation Justice Ministries.  A resource for worship, reflection, study and action on caring for water, our most sacred resource. This year's Earth Day resource explores water as a gift from God that is beingthreatened by overuse and pollution. Included are sermon starters, worship resources, and a bulletin insert. Note: Use the following links to download denominational versions of the resource adapted for the Episcopal ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church   

GreenFaith had a special focus day on water with resources for prayer and action.  Click here to find the resource to download. 

Earth Day Liturgy from the Anglican Church of Canada. 

Greening of the Cross A joint worship service of the congregations of Capitol Drive, Divine Word, Good Shepherd and Pentecost Lutheran Churches. Sunday, April 26, 1998, Capitol Drive Lutheran Church, 5229 W. Capitol Drive , Milwaukee, WI 53216 

Worship in Celebration of Creation  (McCormick Theological Seminary) A complete service in recognition of Earth Day. 

On April 21, 2013, the congregation of United in Christ Lutheran in rural Lewisburg, PA, held a service with hymns, readings, prayers and preaching focusing on the beauty and sanctity of God’s created Earth, as well as our responsibility for being good caretakers of God’s gifts.  Here is the sermon for the day: Falling off the Bike.  In preparation for the service, the Confirmation students spent several class sessions creating three “trees”:  Creation, Eco-crucifixion, and Eco-Resurrection.  The project was part of their unit on the Apostle’s Creed, focusing on God as Creator (a collage of images of Creation); Earth as being “crucified” (a collage of images of environmental devastation); and humans working with the Holy Spirit to restore and heal Earth (images of renewable energy, restoration projects, children planting gardens, etc.). 

While many of the following Earth Day resources are listed on Catholic websites, their language is not exclusively Christian.  

For Lent:

Lenten Reflections on Water