Weekly ECN Newsletter/Bulletin Insert: The Season of Creation, and Pope Francis

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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews

This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Participate in the global Season of Creation

In 1989, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church declared September 1 a day of prayer for creation. Since then, Christians around the world – including the Anglican Communion (of which the Episcopal Church is a member), the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran World Federation, and many more – have come together to observe a “Season of Creation” each year from September 1 to October 4.

This season of creation, take a moment each day to pray for God’s earth, to reflect on your role in your own community, and to examine how you’re living your faith every day. What impact do your actions have on God’s creation? Are you walking lightly on the earth? What else can you be doing to partner with your fellow Christians and organize for a better world?

We invite you to visit http://seasonofcreation.org/ and https://creationtide.com/ to find creation-themed prayers and daily actions that you can take or reflect on during this season. Episcopal Climate News’s Facebook page will also post a “meme” each day with an action or reflection.

Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Pope Francis

The Season of Creation website, http://seasonofcreation.org, includes statements and videos from faith leaders calling on Christians to worship our Creator and protect the good gift of creation. This week, we feature the statement from Pope Francis, who asks us to spend the month in prayer:

“Believers and unbelievers agree that the earth is our common heritage, the fruits of which should benefit everyone. However, what is happening in the world we live in? The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet requires another way of managing the economy and measuring progress, conceiving a new way of living; because we need a change that unites us all, free from the slavery of consumerism. This month I make a special request: That we may take good care of creation—a gift freely given—cultivating and protecting it for future generations, caring for our common home.”

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