April 2020 - the 50th Anniversary of EARTH DAY!
Celebrate with these Faith-Based Resources:
From Creation Justice Ministries - The Fierce Urgency of Now: Earth Day Sunday 2020, which features stories of congregations taking climate action, liturgical resources, and faith-rooted interpretation of recently released dire Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.
From Earth Day Network - Protect Our Species, A Toolkit for Faith Leaders, which includes resources for clergy, lay leaders, religious educators, and people of faith to learn, reflect, and act to Protect Our Species. It includes lesson plans and conversation starters to engage children, youth, and adults.
From the Catholic Climate Covenant -
Earth Day at 50/Laudato Si’ at 5: An Urgent Appeal for Action 2020, a free, one-hour educational program designed to complement the Earth Day Network’s 50th anniversary theme, “Climate Action” and help us commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Pope’s encyclical letter, Laudato Si’.
All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in a Time of Climate Crisis (2019, but still relevant), grounded in scripture, Catholic social teaching, and Laudato Si, this Earth Day program will help mobilize the Catholic community to take urgent action to protect all of God’s creation. The one-hour educational program includes prayers, readings, a short video, and suggested activities.
Earth Day/Month Sermon ideas, homiliy helps and sermon starters.
IDEAS for EARTH DAY / MONTH ACTIONS:
Plant trees - Contact your local County Dept. of Environment to learn if they have rebates and discounts for purchasing and planting trees. Learn abot how to choose trees, plant them and use this coupon from the MD Dept. of Natural Resources.
Stream Clean Up - Join Project Clean Stream! The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will provide provide supplies for cleanups anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Use any of the Resources below for Worship, Scripture study, or Reflection.
LENTEN CREATION CARE CALENDAR
Lent offers a time to reflect on how we are putting our faith into action to care for and heal God's Creation. It begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25 this year and we are grateful for our continued collaboration with with Interfaith Power and Light to produce the Lenten Creation Care Calendar full of daily reflections and activities. The Lenten Creation Care Calendar comes in three versions:
Creation Care Ministry Resources:
Menu for Action (click for regional & generic versions)
"A Day around the Bay" activity for understanding sources of water pollution
The Toolkit for Faithful Stewards offers a “faith-filled” response to heal Creation. This toolkit is designed to provide you the means to formulate your own faith-filled response to the challenges we face in our local watershed communities. IPC's Toolkit contains:
Spiritual Foundation for Watershed Stewardship
Publicity & Community Engagement
Groundbreaking Ceremonies and Dedications
How to Build a Green Team
Worship & Liturgy Resources
Spiritual Education Resources for all ages
"Stewards of the Bay" Toolkit
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.
Resources for Bible Study & Reflection - IPC Recommended Reading List
Stewardship of the Earth : Keynote Address from the Chesapeake Covenant Community-Chester Valley Ministers Association gathering, May 12, 2011, by Roderick Miller
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
CONGREGATIONS REDUCE POLLUTED RUNOFF: a video from Clean Water Coalition
DIMINISHING SMITHFIELD-Two Morgan State students reveal this story about a historically black community on the Eastern Shore and their efforts to save their church: https://www.mdsg.umd.edu/news/sea-grant-film-explores-diminishing-smithville.
Save the Anacostia River Video - Teen Video- Earth Conservation Corps
The Dangers of Single Use Plastics in Maryland by GreenGrace (Episcopal Diocese of Maryland)
Waterways: Ellicott City Flood-features an Episcopal pastor
Congregational Covenants, Pledges and Commitments
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.
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 Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church
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
Earth Day Resources - Observe Earth Day Everyday!
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.
Worship in Celebration of Creation (McCormick Theological Seminary) A complete service in recognition of Earth Day.
While many of the following Earth Day resources are listed on Catholic websites, their language is not exclusively Christian.
- A beautiful Video Reflection and companion piece for the video, a Prayer of Intercession, should a group want to pray together in conjunction with the video.
- Poems, Prayers and additional reflections: