Creation Care Ministry Resources:
Menu for Action (click for regional & generic versions)
"A Day around the Bay" activity for understanding sources of water pollution
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.
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
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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: