September: Environmental Stewardship

"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation."  (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

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September's Action item is
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

 

All living things are members of God’s creation, and all are “good.” Living things on earth are interrelated and interdependent. Humans were not created to “subdue” the planet, but to protect and grow ecosystems. Just like other life, humans provide a “service.” When human actions lead to disruption of ecological balances, we are instructed by God to reconcile our trespasses. Upholding the ancient values that protect God’s people and the whole of creation must become a core function of the church. 

Environmental stewardship conserves natural resources, combats pollution, and protects biodiversity, but most importantly, it means we protect and sustain our environment for future generations. 

 

Resources:

 

​Video: Ecosystem, The Dr. Binocs Show, Peekaboo Kidz

Websites

 

Restoring God's Earth is used with permission from Zero Waste Church, www.zerowastechurch.org. Some content has been modified by Crown of Glory. 

Tips 

Week 1

  • Read more about environmental stewardship.
     

  • Commit to the use of clean, renewable sources of energy.
     

  • Start a neighborhood or community garden.
     

Week 2

  • Lift up prayers in personal and public worship for environmental justice.
     

  • Commit to energy conservation.
     

  • Plant native trees in your yard and community.

Week 3

  • Resist over-consumption and waste.
     

  • Increase efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
     

  • Consider getting more involved in the Creation Care ministry.
     

Week 4

  • Volunteer in an environmental project.
     

  • Share with children the importance of environmental stewardship.
     

  • Minimize the use of single-use plastics; bring reusable bags to the store with you.