Weekly parish newsletter/bulletin insert: Pledge to Care for Creation, and the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

This week’s tip is to take the Episcopal Church’s Creation Care Pledge, and our quote is from the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas.

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

This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Take the Pledge to Care for Creation

Hundreds of Episcopalians have answered the call from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, pledging “to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home.” Everyone who has signed the pledge has made three concrete commitments to love God’s Earth in “loving,” “liberating,” and “life-Giving” ways, key themes from Christ’s Way of Love.

The church’s goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges by Earth Day, April 22. Help reach that goal by making your pledge today, and then recruit at least two of your family members or fellow parishioners to join you! https://www.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care/pledge

To help you craft and fulfill your pledge, the church has teamed up with the Diocese of California to offer a Reflection Guide. The guide includes meditations, prayers, scripture, and actions. The Diocese of California has also launched a new Carbon Tracker to help individuals, congregations, and entire dioceses assess and reduce their energy use and climate impact.

Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

“Lent is a good season for reflecting on how as individuals each of us has abandoned or rejected the God of love and squandered our inheritance. As it says in a poignant prayer of confession in the Book of Common Prayer, we know what’s it’s like to ‘have wandered far in a land that is waste.’ But it’s not only we as individuals who can wander far in a land that is waste – whole societies can do that, too…

“What would it look like if humanity ‘came to ourselves?’ Maybe it would look something like this: one individual after another saying, “Hey, wait a second. We don’t have to live like this. We don’t have to settle for a death-dealing, materialistic society that willy-nilly gobbles up all the land and trees and creatures of this world.”

– The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas serves as Missioner for Creation Care in both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. From her March 31 sermon, “The Prodigal Son and the Great Turning.”

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